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Rogers Govender

Dean of Manchester 

Rogers Govender was appointed the Dean of Manchester in January 2006 after spending over twenty years as a parish priest in South Africa and Manchester.


His role at the Cathedral has involved major fabric interventions and repairs as well as extensive change management of the outreach ministry of the Cathedral as Mother Church of the Diocese of Manchester. He has spearheaded the outreach to other faith communities and the statutory sector and community groups. The Cathedral is now known for its reputation as a place of gathering for the entire community without exception. This has placed the Cathedral at the centre of religious and civic life of the city.


Rogers has a special interest in leadership development and is a regular speaker at Common Purpose and other community events. He is a founding trustee of We Stand Together, a member of Manchester Climate Change Board, and First Patron of The Booth Centre for homelessness and Patron of CAHN (Caribbean & African Health Network for Manchester). He is also a member of Our Manchester, the representative group responsible for setting the ten year strategy for the development of the City of Manchester. His community activities include Modern Slavery, Our Faith Our Planet, and the Peace and Unity initiative which seeks to bring together a culturally diverse group to celebrate our unity and build cohesion in the city. Rogers also chairs the Challenging Hate Forum which was established over a decade ago.


In recognition of his role in the City of Manchester and his Inter-faith work Rogers was awarded a MBE in the 2018 Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Rogers is passionate in promoting diversity in our society and does this through networking and partnership working. He believes that the Church and religion in general, can make a positive difference in society and in through these means he seeks to build alliances across various groups to add value to our common life.

Lord Simon Woolley

Lord Simon Andrew Woolley, Baron Woolley of Woodford Kt is a political and equalities activist. He is the founder and director of Operation Black Vote and the Advisory Chair of the Government of the United Kingdom Race Disparity Unit.

Early life and Education:

Woolley was born in Leicester. He grew up on the St Matthew’s estate, left school without A-Levels, and started his working life in an apprenticeship. Woolley moved to London, and spent four years in advertising for The Rank Organisation in Wardour Street, before deciding to study Spanish and Politics at Middlesex University. He earned a Master of Arts in Hispanic literature at Queen Mary University of London. 

Career: Woolley become engaged with British politics, joining the campaign group Charter. He started to research the potential impact of a black vote, which Woolley argued could influence electoral outcomes in marginal seats. These findings encouraged Woolley to launch Operation Black Vote in 1996. Operation Black Vote has launched voter registration campaigns, an app to inspire and inform black and minority ethnic (BME) individuals and worked with Saatchi & Saatchi on a pro bono advertising campaign. Woolley also worked to empower communities and to integrate better politics education into the school curriculum. 

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation estimated that Woolley’s efforts encouraged millions of people to vote. Much of his work has been around nurturing BME civic and politic talent: the then Home Secretary Theresa May said in a speech in Westminster in 2016, “Today we celebrate a record number of BME MPs in parliament – 41. British politics and British society greatly benefits when we can utilise diversity’s teaming talent pool.

 That’s why today we are announcing that in the months ahead we will begin a new MP and business shadowing scheme”. Woolley served as a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. In 2008, the Government Equalities Office released Woolley’s report How to achieve better BME political representation. He was appointed to the Equalities Commission in 2009. He has launched two governmental investigations, including REACH, which looked to tackle the alienation of black youth, as well as working with Harriet Harman on the political representation of black and minority ethnic women. He worked with Bernie Grant, Al Sharpton, Naomi Campbell and Jesse Jackson on grassroots campaigns highlighting racial discrimination.

In 2017 Operation Black Vote, the Guardian newspaper and Green Park Ltd launched the Colour of Power, to date the most in-depth look at the racial make-up of Britain’s top jobs across 28 sectors that dominate British society. The results were reported in The Guardian: “Barely 3% of Britain’s most powerful and influential people are from black and minority ethnic groups, according to a broad new analysis that highlights startling inequality despite decades of legislation to address discrimination”.

He has called for local councillors to become more diverse, after it emerged that of the 200 councillors in South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset, no one was from a black or minority ethnic background.[16] In May 2019, Woolley and Operation Black Vote launched a ground-breaking report into more than 130 key local authorities that emphasised the lack of BME representation. In over one third of those local authorities, many with sizeable BME populations, they either had no or just one BME councillor.


Along with former Downing Street advisors Nick Timothy and Will Tanner, Woolley is seen as the inspiration and one of the architects for the Government of the United Kingdom Race Disparity Unit, and served as the Advisory Chair. He has worked with the Open Source Foundation on their global drugs policy projects. He secured £90 million of funding to encourage disadvantaged young people to work. When Operation Black Vote started, there were four black or minority ethnic members of parliament; as of 2019, there are over 50. He has written for The Guardian, Huffington Post and The Independent.


Awards and honours: Woolley has been included in the Black Powerlist every year since 2012. He was selected as one of the Evening Standard’s Most Influential People in 2010. In 2010 and 2011 he was selected as one of The Daily Telegraph’s 100 Most Influential People. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his equality efforts from the University of Westminster. Woolley received a Knighthood in the 2019 Birthday Honours for his services to race equality. 

He said he had to think hard about accepting the honour: “Many black or minority ethnic individuals have to think hard about whether to take an award or not, particularly those offered an award with empire in its title … It’s a difficult choice and whatever decision they make I fully support them. In the case of the knighthood, I didn’t have to make that exact call. It has more to do with medieval times and the 13th century than empire”. Woolley was nominated for a life peerage to sit as a Crossbencher in the House of Lords by Prime Minister Theresa May in her 2019 Resignation Honours List. He was created Baron Woolley of Woodford, of Woodford in the London Borough of Redbridge, on 14 October 2019.


Mark Adlestone OBE DL

Mark Adlestone is Chairman of The Beaverbrooks Group. Mark joined the Company in 1979, became Joint Managing Director in 1990, sole Managing Director in 2000 and Chairman in 2012.

Beaverbrooks currently have 81 Stores Nationwide (which includes 3 Loupe Showrooms and 14 Monobrand Boutiques). Mark is third generation of this family business.

Some Highlights

  • Since 2004 to the present day, Beaverbrooks have been in the top twenty in the Top 100 ‘Best Companies to Work For’, coming 1st in 2021 and 2009 (6th in 2022)
  • In 2008 Mark was awarded the Best Companies ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’
  • Mark has won the Leadership Award on seven separate occasions.
  • In 2020, Beaverbrooks were granted the ‘Giving Something Back’ Special Award.
  • Beaverbrooks have been awarded the HM Government Payroll Giving ‘Platinum Award’ every year since 2012 and have gained the Diamond Award in every year since its inception in 2018.
  • In the UK Jewellery Awards Beaverbrooks have been awarded Employer of the Year nine times in the last ten years.

Beaverbrooks is particularly proud of its very special Culture that encourages its colleagues to communicate in an open and honest way. The Company has a very strong emphasis on charity and community and donates 20% of its retained profits annually through the Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust. Since the year 2000, The Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust has donated more than £20 million to over 1,000 charities. Mark is Chair of The Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust.

Beaverbrooks is very keen to expose all its colleagues to the concept of charitable involvement and volunteering and therefore gives each person a minimum of 2 days per year of paid time to work for a charity of their choice. Mark oversaw the merger of The Fed (Jewish Social Care in Greater Manchester) and Heathlands Village (Residential Jewish Care Home in Prestwich, Manchester).


In October 2015 Mark was presented with the OBE by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace for ‘Services to Business and Charity in the North of England’.

In March 2017, Mark was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester. In July 2017, at the UK Jewellery Awards Dinner, Mark was presented with the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’.

Between April 2019 and April 2020, Mark served as High Sheriff of Greater Manchester. In April 2019, Mark became a Trustee of the Greater Manchester High Sheriff Police Trust.


In February 2023, Mark became Patron of Caribbean & African Health Network (CAHN)


Mark said: “I have been supporting CAHN with my wife Gabrielle for at least 3 years now and I have observed and played a part in some incredible initiatives and events.

I am delighted to be able to use my skills, business acumen, and networks to help CAHN grow and address the terrible health and wellbeing disparities that the Black communities experience here in the UK”.

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent is the first Chief Midwife for the International Confederation of Midwives. She has a passion for supporting midwives and health systems to ensure that all women and gender diverse people have the same maternity experiences and outcomes as those who have the best. She served for four years as the first Chief Midwifery Officer for the NHS in England and was one of two National Maternity Safety Champions appointed by the Department for Health and Social Care. Jacqueline is a registered nurse and midwife and a visiting Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University. She has held senior positions in clinical practice, education, leadership and management including: Consultant Midwife, Director of Midwifery, Head of Nursing, Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Leader, Lead Midwife for Education, Professor of Midwifery. She has supported the education of Midwives Internationally through conference contributions and publications.

She is the chair of the maternity advisory group for the Health and Race Observatory in England, a member of the Women of the Year management committee, Midwifery Ambassador for the ‘Saying Goodbye’ charity and until recently, a trustee for the RCN Foundation.

Noted as one of the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) most influential people in health, in 2020,2021 and 2022 she was also selected from over 100 nominations for inclusion in the Nursing Times’ Leaders 2015 list, that celebrates nurses and midwives who are pioneers, entrepreneurs, and inspirational role models in their profession. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the NHS in England in 2023, she has just been recognised by the Nursing Times as one of 75 nurses and midwives who have contributed in a significant way to the NHS.


“My determination to improve health equity, is influenced by the vast and unacceptable inequality in health outcomes and experiences of Black, brown and socio-economically disadvantage people. In my role as Patron for CAHN, I pledge to utilize my experience of health promotion, ill health prevention, equity policy and strategy and maternity care to support CAHN in meeting its equity ambition” .

Professor George E Holmes DL

Professor George E Holmes is the President & Vice-Chancellor; Member of the Governing Body at the University of Bolton.


When appointed to the post of Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the university in 2005, George became the youngest university head in the UK. He is now one of the longest-serving Vice-Chancellors in Britain, having been in the post for over 18 years. He holds a Doctorate in the field of Education, a Masters in Business Administration and a BSc in Economics. Professor Holmes is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.


In 2002 he was appointed by the then Secretary of State for Education and Skills as an advisor to the Department, becoming, along with Sir Ron Cooke, one of only two Sector representatives for the Department’s HE Policy Delivery Steering Group, which was assisting in the preparation of the HE White Paper. Latterly in 2015, Professor Holmes was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Lord-Lieutenant of the County of Greater Manchester as one of his Deputy Lieutenants.


“Becoming a Patron of the Caribbean & African Health Network (CAHN) is an honour because CAHN is an organisation that is authentic in its mission to embed equity and social justice across structures and systems that disadvantage Black people. I am looking forward to supporting CAHN achieve the vision of eradicating health inequalities for the Black community; this includes building on the multi-year partnership between the University of Bolton and CAHN.”