Nuclear Education Trust

Trustees and patrons

Trustees

Professor Marjorie Mayo, Co-Chair

Marjorie-MayoMarjorie has worked in adult and community education and development, including working with trade unions and communities as a tutor at Ruskin College Oxford. She is currently based at Goldsmiths, University of London where her research includes a focus upon learning for active citizenship, and access to justice in disadvantaged communities. Her publications include: Imagining Tomorrow: Adult Education for Transformation(1997), Cultures, Communities, Identities: Cultural Strategies for Participation and Empowerment, (2000), Global Citizens, (2005), with Paul Hoggett and Chris Miller, The Dilemmas of Development Work, (2008) and with John Annette Taking Part?: Active Learning for Active Citizenship and beyond, (2010).

Peter Burt, Co-Chair

Peter has been Project Director at Nuclear Information Service since 2009. With an academic and regulatory sector background in environmental management and 25 years experience in research on the UK's nuclear weapons, he undertakes the lead research and project management role for Nuclear Information Service.                                                                                            

Professor David Webb, Vice Chair

Dave-WebbPreviously a Professor of Engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University, Dave is currently Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the Praxis Centre in the School of Applied Global Ethics there. He became Chair of CND in 2010 and is also convenor of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and a member of Scientists for Global Responsibility. He has been widely published on issues surrounding missile defence and the weaponisation of space, giving expert evidence to various bodies including the European Parliament.

Dr Linda Hugl, Company Secretary & Treasurer

Linda-HuglLinda works professionally in business operations and finance for a small chemistry services company, following on from 20 years as a bench scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. She has been the Treasurer of CND for over ten years, a voluntary position, and was instrumental in the setting up of NET; she has been a NET Trustee since its inception.

Madeline Held MBE

Madeline-HeldMadeline has extensive knowledge of the learning and skills sector from her experience of twenty years as Director of LLU+, a professional development centre at London South Bank University with a national and international reputation. She was awarded an MBE for services to Adult Education in 2006 for her national role in furthering the Skills for Life strategy in post school education and training.  She is a qualified Corporate and Executive Coach and a member of the steering group of the Health Literacy Group UK. She is currently working as an educational consultant and evaluator on regional and national projects and was NET Chair 2011-2016.

Fausta Valentine

Fausta ValentineFausta started her career as a Lecturer in Physics in India. After coming to the UK in 2000, she has been involved with Justice and Peace projects within the Catholic Church. She presently works for Pax Christi UK and is also a Trustee of Cultural Exchange with China, a charity building bridges between the Catholic Churches of Britain and China. Learning Mandarin has been her latest interest!

Dr Jenny Clegg

Jenny is an independent writer and researcher with a specialist interest in international relations and East Asia.  She was formerly a senior lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies and International Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston.  She has undertaken a variety of funded research projects, including fieldwork investigations both in China and Britain.  Her work has been published in books and articles in academic journals.  She continues to write for a wider readership on China’s development and its global implications.  She has been elected as a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament National Council for a number of years and is a member of the CND International Advisory Group.  She is currently Chair of North West Labour CND.

Rebecca Parford

Rebecca has worked in the voluntary sector for over 10 years for a range of charities and campaigning organisations including Shelter and ActionAid. She has experience in governance, strategy and project management, however she specialises in fundraising and marketing. 

 

 

 

Patrons

Rodney Bickerstaffe

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Rodney has been active in the Trade Union movement all his adult life, starting as an organiser for the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE). He rose through the ranks to become NUPE General Secretary in 1981 and was later elected General Secretary of UNISON in 1995, which was created by the merger of NUPE with COHSE and NALGO.

As a dedicated trade union leader, Rodney called for better rights and fairer treatment of staff working in public services and those transferred to the private sector through privatisation. He was passionate in his campaigns against low pay and for the introduction of the statutory national minimum wage. His campaigning work continued into retirement when he became president of the National Pensioners Convention in April 2001, working for better pensions and healthcare.

Rodney has also worked for tirelessly for peace and justice across the world, supporting numerous organisations, and is President of War on Want. He was a Trustee of the Nuclear Education Trust from its inception until 2011 and continues his support as a patron.

Major General Patrick Cordingley DSO DSc FRGS 

Patrick commanded the Desert Rats during the 1991 Gulf War.  His huge tank formation led the British and American attack, which breached the Iraqi defences. Then he commanded the 2nd UK Division before being appointed as the military adviser to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Patrick retired from the Army in September 2000 and became chairman of a technology company for 8 years. He is now chairman of Defence and Security Forum, past chairman of the trustees of the Gilbert White’s House and the Oates Collection, chairman of the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers and past chairman and vice-chairman of the governors of two schools. He also worked as a lecturer on decision-making and leadership and as a military commentator, working mainly for the BBC. He is the author of two best selling books.

Professor John M. Hull

NET Trustees were saddened to hear of the sudden death of our patron John Hull in July, 2015, (Guardian Obituary 10 Sept). John originally served as a NET Trustee from it's inception until retiring in 2012, bringing his fine intellect, his deep faith, humanity and understanding to our many discussions relating to nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.  Thereafter as patron he continued to support the work of NET which he felt was essential if we were to achieve a world based on humanity and peace.

John taught in schools and colleges in his native Australia and in England before becoming Professor of Religious Education in the University of Birmingham, the first chair of Religious Education in a British university. He was editor of the British Journal of Religious Education from 1971-96, and founder of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values. When he left his university post in 2002, he was granted the title “Emeritus Professor of Religious Education”. Since 2005 he was Honorary Professor of Practical Theology in The Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham, where he taught Christian mission. 

John was totally blind, having lost sight in 1980, and wrote extensively about blindness. In 2012 the RNIB presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the literature of blindness. His writings on education, theology and disability are translated into more than a dozen languages.  John, who was brought up in Australian Methodism, was a practising Anglican layperson and an elder of the United Reformed Church.