Patrons & Ambassadors

Our work around the world is carried out by a talented and dedicated team of professionals.


Patrons and Ambassadors

Our Patrons and Ambassadors help us to raise awareness, profile and support for the work of Restless Development. All leaders in their chosen field, we are so grateful for their time, passion and dedication.

Click on one of our Patrons or Ambassadors to find out more about them.

Anne Jenkin, Baroness Jenkin of Kennington

Baroness Anne Jenkin was made a life peer in the House of Lords in recognition of her charity work. She is founder and co-chairwoman of Women2Win, an organisation which aims to encourage more women to become Conservative MPs. Baroness Jenkin is a strong advocate for International Development and currently chairs the Conservative Friends of International Development and the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group – the leading forum for government, business leaders and the sustainable resource community. This year, Baroness Jenkin was named as one of Restless Development’s Values Champions in recognition of her overwhelming support that she has given the agency in the past decade and more.

Baroness Jenkin has championed Live Below the Line for Restless Development for the last four years. An annual anti-poverty campaign, which challenges participants to feed themselves on £1 per day for five days; the equivalent of the extreme poverty line. In 2014 she broke her own personal record and raised over £25,000 for Restless Development.

Sir David Reid

Sir David Reid is Chairman of Intertek Group plc, a FTSE 100 global quality and safety services group. He retired as Chairman of Tesco PLC in 2011 after serving in that role since 2004. Prior to that, he had served as an Executive on the Tesco Board since 1985. He is a Global Senior Advisor to Jefferies International Limited, a global securities and investment banking group. As well as a Patron of Restless Development, he is the Chairman of the charity Whizz-Kidz, which provides mobility equipment for disabled children. Sir David is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Ambassadors Network.

Hadeel Ibrahim

Hadeel Ibrahim is the founding Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which was established in 2006 to support leadership and governance in Africa. In addition to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Hadeel is a member of the Boards of Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, the Clinton Foundation, Synergos Institute, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the Governing Board of the African Governance Institute (AGI) and the Co-Chair of the Africa Center in New York.

Hadeel is a member of the Advisory Boards of Africa 2.0, a member of Amnesty International’s Secretary General’s Global Council and MIT Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship. She is a co-opted member of the Royal African Society Council, a Member of the British Council Provocation Group and is a Patron of Restless Development, a youth led development agency.

Jamie Drummond

Jamie Drummond is an alumni of Restless Development, volunteering in India in 1989 where the seed was sown for the incredible leadership he has shown ever since in tackling poverty and growing inequity on our planet. He co-founded the advocacy organisation DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) in 2002 and ONE in 2004 of which he is the Executive Director.

DATA, ONE, and its partners have helped persuade the US Congress to launch a series of initiatives for Africa including the President’s Emergency AIDS initiative, the Malaria Initiative and the African Growth and Opportunity Act. He has traveled widely in Africa and Asia and has a Masters in Development from the London School of Oriental and African Studies. In 2007, Jamie was elected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Michael Brearley OBE

Michael Brearley OBE was a close friend of our founder, Jim Cogan. Mike was a keen supporter from the early days of Jim developing his vision for what is now Restless Development, and is a signatory to the founding Constitution in 1985. He remains a great supporter of our work.

Mike is a retired first-class cricketer who captained Cambridge University, Middlesex and was one of the most successful captains of England in history. He was the President of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 2007–2008. Since his retirement from professional cricket he has pursued a career as a writer and psychoanalyst, serving as President of the British Psychoanalytical Society from 2008–2010.

Lord Dholakia PC.OBE.DL

After spending his early years in Tanzania and India, Navnit Dholakia came to Britain to study in Brighton, where he became active in the Liberal Party. While Chair of Brighton Young Liberals, he was elected to Brighton Borough Council (1961-1964). In 1966 he became Development Officer for the National Committee for Commonwealth Immigrants, and ten years later he was appointed to the Commission for Racial Equality.

His interest in criminal justice and penal affairs is reflected in his work with the Sussex Police Authority, the Police Complaints Authority, the Howard League for Penal Reform and his current role as President of Nacro. He was made a life peer in 1997 and has served as a Liberal Democrat Whip (1997-2002) and the party’s Home Affairs Spokesman (2002-2004). After four years as President of the Liberal Democrats, he was elected joint Deputy Leader of the party in the House of Lords in 2004 and has been its sole Deputy Leader in the Lords since 2010. He is also a Privy Councillor.

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