The Kairos Foundation
The Kairos Foundation is a non-profit educational charity, sponsoring a programme of ‘More To Life’ courses. The Foundation’s aim is to offer courses to teach people skills and practices that can help them access their full potential as individuals and make a more powerful contribution to the communities of which they are a part.
I took the More to Life Weekend course in 2007, and since then have taken further focus and advanced courses in the programme, and have also qualified as a Mentor.
The Kairos Foundation has an International Board, with national Foundations and Centres in the USA, the United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and most recently, Germany and Spain.
In 2010, I joined the Kairos International Board, and was elected one of its Vice-Chairs.
The British Red Cross
I became involved in the British Red Cross at the beginning of 2007, when I became the President of the Nottinghamshire Branch of the British Red Cross. Since then, I have learnt a great deal about the work that is done by this organisation and its volunteers in our local communities. From support for people in emergencies, such as fire and flood, to assistance with people coming home from hospital, the Red Cross effectively, but perhaps too quietly, helps local people made vulnerable by crisis.
Volunteering is an expression of our natural humanity, the capacity to feel compassion for others, and act on it. I encourage you to contact your local branch, wherever you are. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is active in every country.
The Academy of Social Sciences
The Academy represents the social sciences in the UK. The Academy is composed of Academicians and Learned Societies and Associations in the social sciences. It is for me an important organisation, seeking to promote the generation, dissemination and application of social science knowledge to the problems and aspirations of human society. I am proud to have been elected the first Chair of the Academy Council, from its inauguration in 1999 until 2005. I have been an Academician of the Social Sciences since 2002.
The Political Studies Association of the UK
The Political Studies Association exists to develop and promote the study of politics. Founded in 1950, it is a professional Association in the field of political studies in the UK, with an international membership including academics in political science and current affairs, theorists and practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students in higher education.
The PSA publishes three journals, a book review journal and a newsletter, and organises an annual conference.
Having joined the Association in the early 1980s, I became its first part-time Executive Director, and subsequently joined the Executive Committee. I was elected the Chair of the Executive Committee, serving from 1996 to 1999. I am now a Life Vice-President of the Association.
The Royal Society of Arts
The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce) works to remove the barriers to social progress. Building on its 250 year history as a beacon for enlightenment values, it undertakes influential and varied research projects and hosts the UK’s most ambitious free lecture series. Our work is supported by 27,000 Fellows, an international network of influencers and innovators from every field and background. I have been a Fellow since 2001.