Steve Barwick, Chair

Steve Barwick

Steve has had a lifetime in politics with a strong interest in nuclear disarmament. He has been an elected representative, assistant to three Westminster MPs and latterly a professional political consultant. He also has an academic perspective having both undergraduate and Masters degrees in Government. Steve led on two projects for NET –  Trident Alternatives Review and the Future of Barrow and  UK Defence Needs and International Nuclear Disarmament Responsibilities – and is now a director at both the Smith Institute, an independent think tank, and DevoConnect, a bespoke agency focussed on the new devolved political landscape. A resident of Yorkshire he is also a trustee of the White Ribbon Campaign, focussed on ending male violence against women.

Dr Linda Hugl, Company Secretary & Treasurer

Linda Hugl

Linda 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.

Peter Burt, Vice Chair

Peter is currently a researcher with Drone Wars UK working on the UK’s armed drones programme and the development of autonomous weapons technology. Previously he was Project Director at Nuclear Information Service.  With an academic and regulatory sector background in environmental management, he has 30 years experience in research on the UK’s nuclear weapon programme and accidents involving nuclear weapons. 

Daniel Blaney

Daniel was vice-chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament from 2010-2023. He has also been active in the Labour Party since the 1990s, including one term as a local councillor. He has also served as his union branch secretary in two workplaces. He is currently resident in East London. He has worked as a solicitor since 2008.

Dr Anna Liddle

Anna is a lecturer in education at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research interests include political education, citizenship, and young people’s voice. She was instrumental in establishing the current peace education project at CND, and worked on it for almost 8 years, and now sits on the national council. She is currently a CND representative on the board of trustees of NET.

Claire Poyner

Claire is the Co-ordinator at Network for Peace and has recently retired as office administrator at Peace News and at Christian CND. She has also worked for Abolition 2000 UK in the early 2000s and is on various boards including Peace News Trustees, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Exec Committee and Housmans Board of Directors.


Christine Blower, Baroness Blower 

Christine became a member of the House of Lords, 19th October 2019. She is the former General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (now the National Education Union), having stood down 2016, but continues to be involved in the NEU’s work as its International Secretary. In 2013, Christine was elected as President of the ETUCE (European Trade Union Committee for Education) and she is also Convenor of the Commonwealth Teachers’ Group. Christine changed the direction of her career in 1990 and began working with children at risk of care or custody.  She worked as a member of Hammersmith and Fulham’s Primary Behaviour Support team working with children with challenging and unsettled behaviour. In total, Christine has taught for 33 years. She was Chair of the NET Trustees from March 2018-October 2021.

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.

Dr Stuart Parkinson

Stuart is Executive Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility, a UK-based organisation of about 750 natural scientists, social scientists, engineers and others concerned about the use and misuse of science and technology. He has held this post since 2003. He has researched, written and spoken widely on ethical issues in science and technology, including the threat from nuclear weapons. He is author/ co-author of numerous reports, including ‘UK nuclear weapons: a catastrophe in the making?’ and ‘Offensive insecurity: the role of science and technology in UK security strategies.’ Stuart has degrees in physics, engineering and environmental science. He has worked in academia, industry and for campaign groups, including a period as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Professor Marjorie Mayo

Marjorie 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).

Professor Andy Stirling

Andy Stirling is Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University where he co-directs the ESRC STEPS CentrePublishing widely on issues of democracy, power and uncertainty in science and innovation, he’s served on many science advisory bodies for the UK Government, including on toxic substancesGM Cropsscience advice and public engagement and on the Research Committee of the ESRC. He’s also been an advisor for the Royal SocietyNuffield CouncilDemos, and Green Alliance and for the EU and European Science Foundation bodies on uncertaintyenergy policyscience in societysustainabilitycollaborative research and science governance. He is an elected fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.