Baroness Jean Corston

Baroness Jean Corston

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Jean Corston was a member of Parliament for Bristol East from 1992 to 2005. Until stepping down  at the 2005 general election she was chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, the first woman to ever hold the position.   On 13 May 2005 it was announced that she would be created a life peer and on 29 June 2005 she was created Baroness Corston, of St George in the County and City of Bristol.   She was commissioned by the Home Office to conduct a report into vulnerable women in the criminal justice system. The Corston Report was published in 2007. The report outlines “the need for a distinct radically different, visibly-led, strategic, proportionate, holistic, woman-centred, integrated approach” and has largely informed government policy on the matter.   Baroness Corston became Patron of Elizabeth Fry Charity in 2011. 


Her Honour Judge Zoe Smith

Her Honour Judge Zoe Smith

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Zoe's career as a Judge started by doing magistrates work in London courts and then, after nearly 30 years, moved into the crown courts as a judge. From Basildon Crown Court she moved to Reading Crown Court in September 2003.


Sir Christopher Ball

Sir Christopher Ball

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Sir Christopher's career has comprised three phases: university teacher in London and Oxford (Fellow and Bursar of Lincoln College, Warden of Keble College, Chancellor of the University of Derby), consultant and advisor on human learning and educational provision - ranging from personal coaching to strategic planning (author of More Means Different – on the expansion of higher education, Start Right – on the importance of early learning), and more recently fund-raiser for numerous charities (including Music for Autism, SJE Arts – and EFC), marathon-runner (founder of the Lakeland ’10 in 10 Challenge’), and poet (as John Elinger, author of That Sweet City, Visions of Oxford, That Mighty Heart, Visions of London and That Strange Necessity, Visions of Portmeirion – with more to come). The heart of his life has been his marriage to Wendy (1958), their family (of six children, eight grandchildren and three great-granddaughters – and counting!), colleagues and friends – old and new.