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Our Patrons

We are fortunate to have some senior supporters who play a vital role in actively promoting the aims and work of Windsor Leadership. Our Patrons frequently share their expertise as speakers on our programmes and at key events.

The Lord Bichard KCB

Lord Michael Bichard joined the SCIE board as Chair in April 2013. He was founder Director of the Institute for Government in 2008 and held the post until 2010.

Michael was previously Chief Executive of Brent and Gloucestershire Local Authorities, Chief Executive of the Government's Benefits Agency, and Permanent Secretary of the Employment Department and, subsequently, the Department for Education and Employment. Among other roles, Lord Bichard is Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, Vice-Chair of Shakespeare's Globe Trust, and a board member of the River and Rowing Museum Foundation.

In January 2004, he was appointed by the Home Office to chair the Soham/Bichard Inquiry. He was Chair of the Legal Services Commission 2005-2008 and Chair of the Design Council 2006-2011. Michael received a Knighthood in 1999 and was elevated to the House of Lords in 2010.

Michael is a speaker and also a Patron of Windsor Leadership.

Alan Coppin

Alan is currently Chair of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, a Crown Representative working in the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group, a Non-Executive Director of Marshalls plc, and a Trustee of The RAF Museums and Chairman of the Campaign Board.

His previous roles have included Non Executive Directorships of the Royal Air Force and of Berkeley Group plc, Chairman of The Retail People, Chief Executive Officer of both Historic Royal Palaces and Wembley plc, and a Member of the Executive Board of Compass plc. Alan has also been Chairman of the charity INCLUDE , Chairman of the NW London Training and Enterprise Council, Chairman of The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, been a Member of the Advisory Forum of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, Chairman of Redstone plc, a non-executive Director of both Carillion plc and Metroline plc, and a senior consultant at KPMG.

Alan has been a Chair and Speaker on many of our programmes and has been a Patron of Windsor Leadership since 2003. 

Lord Dholakia of Waltham Brooks OBE DL

Lord Dholakia, a Liberal Democrat Peer, is one of the most senior Asian politicians in Britain.

His extensive career background includes heading the Administration of Justice section of the Commission for Racial Equality, as well as working as Senior Development Officer of the Community Relations Commission.

Within the House of Lords, Lord Dholakia is a member of the sub-committee on Lords' Conduct and part of the Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill.  He has published various articles on criminal justice matters. He attended the Institute of Science and Brighton Technical College. He was educated in Indian public schools and in Tanzania.

Navnit has been a Patron of the Windsor Leadership since 2007.

Sam Younger

VSO has appointed Sam Younger as the UK Board Chair and International Board Vice Chair.  He will begin his appointment in November 2014.

Sam was the previous Chief Executive of the Charity Commission and has over 30 years’ experience working in regulation, public policy and charity. He has had many positions of leadership, and previously worked as the founding Chair for the Electoral Commission, Director General of the British Red Cross, and Managing Director of the BBC World Service.

Sam was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 2009. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and holds a number of honorary and advisory roles in academia.

Sam has been a Chair and speaker on many of our programmes. He is also as an Alumni and a Patron of Windsor Leadership.