Cara has five Patrons, and a senior academic as President. Cara’s Council of Management, recruited mainly from academia, provides strategic and policy guidance to staff. Members of the Finance & General Purposes Committee and the Allocation Committee are drawn from the Council.

Cara is a charitable company, limited by guarantee, with no share capital.  The Trustees/Directors make up the full Council of Management, which meets twice a year.  The Council’s Finance & General Purposes Committee meets at least quarterly, and its members are in close contact with Cara staff between meetings.  The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of Cara and its staff.



Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE

Sir Malcolm is Chairman of NHS England and Chancellor of the University of York, and immediate past President and Provost of UCL (University College London) from 2003-2013.  He is a barrister and a Bencher of Middle Temple. As an academic lawyer he specialised in planning, property and environmental law, and was Professor and Head of Department of Land Economy (1991-2003) and pro-vice chancellor (2002-03) of Cambridge University, and professorial fellow of Clare College.  He has served as Chair of the Local Government Commission for England, of the Agriculture and Environmental Biotechnology Commission and the Russell Group.  He is currently a trustee of Somerset House, a director of Genomics England Ltd and a UK Business Ambassador.  He was awarded the CBE in 2003 for services to planning law and local government, and was created a Knight Bachelor in the 2013 Birthday Honours.  He was appointed Officier dans l’Ordre de Mérite by the French Government in 2004.  Sir Malcolm became Cara President in November 2012.


Greg Dyke

Greg Dyke

Greg Dyke was Director-General of the BBC 2000 – 2004; Chancellor of the University of York  2004 – 2015; and Chairman of The Football Association 2013 – 2016.

He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in journalism and broadcasting. Before taking over at the BBC, he was previously Managing Director of London Weekend Television and Chairman of ITV Sport.  He remains chairman of the British Film Institute and Europe’s largest theatre group, ATG. He retains strong links with his boyhood club Brentford FC; he was non-executive Chairman from 2006 until taking on his role with the FA.  He was a director of Manchester United FC in the late 1990s.  Having played football all his life, he still turns out occasionally in six-a-side games on Thursday evenings.


Rabbi Baroness Neuberger, DBE

Rabbi Baroness Neuberger was educated at Cambridge and Leo Baeck College.  She served the South London Liberal Synagogue 1977-89, chaired Camden & Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust 1993–1997, was CEO of the King’s Fund until 2004, Chancellor of the University of Ulster 1994-2000 and Bloomberg Professor of Divinity at Harvard University 2006.  She was a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation, and a founding trustee of the Schwab Charitable Trust, in memory of her parents.  Created a life peer in 2004 (Liberal Democrat, but now a Cross Bencher) she was Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Champion for Volunteering 2007-2009 and chaired One Housing Group and the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity for the Lord Chancellor 2009-2010.  Rabbi Julia is Senior Rabbi of West London Synagogue and is a Trustee of the Van Leer Group Foundation and Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

She was appointed by the Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb to chair a Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients, which was published in July 2013.

Among her books is ‘Not Dead Yet – a Manifesto for Old Age’ (2008, Harper Collins), and ‘Is that all there is?’(June 2011, Rider).  Rabbi Julia is a social commentator and writes and broadcasts regularly on a variety of social and religious issues.


The Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve, CH CBE FBA

Onora O’Neill is a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords and was a former Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge.  She was formerly also the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

She holds the title of Honorary Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, University of Cambridge, has written extensively on equality and freedom throughout her academic career and is highly regarded as a specialist on human rights.  She was also the former chair of the Nuffield Foundation and was President of the British Academy from 2005-09.  She was a member of Cara’s Council of Management from 2008 until 2012, and became a Patron of Cara in 2014.


Professor Lord Patel of Bradford, OBE

Currently University Director of Strategic Partnerships and Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at the University of East London, Lord Kamlesh Patel is tasked with creating strategic links between the university and a wide range of public and private sector organisations regionally, nationally and internationally.

He has extensive experience working at the highest levels on national and international developments in government policy on a wide range of areas, including health, social care, crime, community cohesion, extremism, mental health, drug and alcohol use, equality and human rights, and higher education.  He has led international health and social care initiatives and brokered developments between UK statutory and voluntary organisations and other countries (including India, Middle East, Africa) to realise real benefits for local institutions and communities.

Lord Patel has, over the years, been appointed to a number of national boards and committees, including, the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, the Home Office’s Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, the Healthcare Commission, the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse and the Care Quality Commission.  He was also Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission.  He is currently Chairman and/or Patron of over 20 not-for-profit organisations across England.

Lord Patel has contributed to a variety of Government policies including being the architect of the Government’s five year action plan for delivering race equality in mental health care.  In 2007 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to act as a Ministerial Adviser to the Secretary of State (DCLG) in respect of the government’s PREVENT agenda (Preventing Violent Extremism); he was also Chairman of a National Taskforce looking at the effectiveness of prison drug treatment culminating in the publication of The Patel Report.

Lord Patel was appointed as Minister in the House of Lords Government’s Whip’s Office as Front Bench Spokesperson for:- Communities and Local Government, Ministry of Justice, Cabinet Office and the Attorney General’s Office in 2008.

Jon Snow

Jon Snow is a well-known journalist and television presenter.  He worked for UK’s Independent Television News as Washington Correspondent from 1983 to 1986 and as Diplomatic Editor from 1986 to 1989, before becoming the main presenter of Channel 4 TV News, a position he still holds.  He has won Royal Television Society awards for reporting in Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and El Salvador, and was Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year in 1994.  He was Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University from 2001 to 2008.  In May 2015 he was honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with a BAFTA Fellowship, an award which recognises an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.


Dr Rowan Williams (The Rt Revd and Rt Hon The Lord Williams of Oystermouth PC)

Dr Williams was educated at Dynevor Secondary Grammar School in Swansea, then at Christ’s College Cambridge.  He studied for his doctorate at Christ Church and at Wadham College Oxford, working on the Russian Orthodox theologian Vladimir Lossky.

His career began as a lecturer at Mirfield (1975-1977).  He returned to Cambridge as Tutor and Director of Studies at Westcott House. After ordination in Ely Cathedral, and serving as Honorary Assistant Priest at St George’s Chesterton, he was appointed to a Cambridge University lectureship in Divinity.  In 1984 he was elected a Fellow and Dean of Clare College.  Then, still only 36, he returned to Oxford as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity for six years, before becoming Bishop of Monmouth, and, from 2000, Archbishop of Wales.  On 2 December 2002 he was confirmed as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, a position he held until the end of 2012.  On his retirement from the See of Canterbury he was created a Baron for Life by the style and title of Baron Williams of Oystermouth.  In January 2013 he became Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Dr Williams takes a keen interest in the challenges facing refugees and spoke at an event organised by CARA in May 2010, on the theme, ‘Enriching the Arguments: the Refugee Contribution to British Life’.  He became a Patron of CARA in 2014.


Mrs Anne Lonsdale CBE
Cara Chair
President of New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), Cambridge University from 1996 – 2008.  She was also Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1998 – 2003 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor 2003 – 2008.  She is now Deputy High Steward of the University.  From 2010 – 2012 she was simultaneously Founding Provost of Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan.  She studied Classics and Chinese Language and Literature at Oxford and later taught Chinese Literature there.  She became a university administrator in Oxford and then Secretary-General of the Central European University in Budapest, Prague and Warsaw until 1996.  She has particular interests in human rights and environmental issues and in Higher Education worldwide, with university experience in Europe, North America, China, Africa and the Middle East.  She is a Trustee of the European Humanities University exiled in Vilnius (founded in Belarus and expelled by President Lukashenko in 2004), and of Nazarbayev University.  She has Honorary degrees from Tashkent Oriental Studies University and Liverpool Hope University and is an Officier des Palmes Academiques and a Cavaliere del’ordine al merito della Republica Italiana.
Professor Michael Worton CBE
Honorary Secretary
Retired in September 2013 as Vice-Provost (International) at University College London (UCL).  He has spoken widely throughout the world on the internationalisation of Higher Education and the purpose and responsibilities of universities in the 21st century.
Mr David Ure
Honorary Treasurer
Retired from Reuters Group after a 36-year career, including a decade on the main Board.  He was also Chairman of the Group’s charity arm, the Reuter Foundation.  He has since served as a non-executive chairman or director of several companies.  He is now a trustee of a number of charities.
Ms Nicola Dandridge CBE
Appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive of the Office for Students in July 2017. Previously Chief Executive, Universities UK (2009-2017), and before that Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit. Originally trained as a lawyer, qualified in both England and Scotland, and worked in private practice.
Professor Penelope Gardner-Chloros
Professor of Sociolinguistics and Language Contact at Birkbeck, University of London.  Before joining Birkbeck as a member of staff in 1990, she was a conference interpreter for the EU and freelance interpreter for various organizations, especially the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Professor Mark Hammond
Visiting Professor in Public Administration at Canterbury Christ Church University.  He was previously Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Chief Executive of West Sussex County Council (2003-10) and worked in Surrey County Council.
Professor Sir Deian Hopkin
President and Chair of the Trustees of the National Library of Wales.  He retired as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of London South Bank University in 2009 after a 40-year career in higher education following which he was interim Chairman of the Student Loans Company.
Ms Lilia Jolibois
A non-executive Director and Member of the Audit Committee of Futuren Group S.A., France (formerly Theolia S.A.) , a French renewable energy producer and distributor, and Board Director of the INSEAD Foundation. Previously, Senior Vice-President Marketing and Sales for the Aggregates activity of Lafarge Group.  A US citizen, born in the former USSR to two university mathematicians, she now resides in Canada.
Professor Alan McCarthy
Professor of Microbiology at the University of Liverpool, which he joined as a lecturer in 1985. He is also Head of undergraduate admissions for the School of Life Sciences and chairman of the postgraduate selection committee for the Institute of Integrative Biology.
Professor John Naughton
Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) in the University of Cambridge. He is also: Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University; an Emeritus Fellow (and former Vice President) of Wolfson College, Cambridge; Director of the Wolfson Press Fellowship Programme; and the Technology columnist of the ‘Observer’.
Dr Joanna Newman MBE
Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities since April 2017.  Her previous posts include Vice-Principal (International) at King’s College London, Director of the UK Higher Education International Unit and Head of Higher Education at the British Library. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the History Faculty at King’s and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, and serves on the board of the School of Advanced Studies, University of London International Academy.
Ms Tabitha Nice
Non-practising solicitor, working for one of the Lloyd’s insurance managing agents, as Chief Adjuster for their political risk claims. Before working in insurance she practiced litigation, representing claimants, and has undertaken election monitoring missions on behalf of the FCO in Kosovo, Bosnia, Ghana, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia. She has a MA from Kings College London in International Peace and Security.
Mr Nigel Petrie
Chairman of AD Group, an entrepreneurial technology business, specialising in the development and sale of high quality video management products.  He also holds a number of non-executive positions in a range of different businesses including timber and building materials and healthcare.
Mr Stephan Roman CMG
Formerly Director for South Asia at the British Council, and previously the British Council’s Director for West Europe and North America.
The Reverend Dr Nicholas Sagovsky
Honorary Professorial Fellow at Roehampton University and a Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope.  He was Sub-Dean and Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey and Dean of Clare, College, Cambridge.
Professor Paul Weindling
Wellcome Trust Research Professor in the History of Medicine at the School of Humanities, Oxford Brookes University.  He also lectures at the University of Oxford.

"In such a world, Cara's work in continuing to offer basic care and security for critical 'strangers' is part of its service to the health and freedom of our own common life."

Dr Rowan Williams, 'Enriching Arguments' speech at University College London, May 2010