UpRising is supported by a number of Ambassadors who champion our work in each of the areas we operate.
Paul Heaven Paul Heaven has more than 20 years general management experience and is by profession a qualified chartered accountant.
Dave Hodgson Dave Hodgson is Mayor of Bedford Borough. He was first elected as Mayor in October 2009, and was re-elected for a four year term in May 2011.
Simon Allport Simon Allport is based in Manchester and has been Senior Partner for Ernst & Young in the North West since 2008.
Lord Digby Jones Lord Digby Jones was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment in July 2007.
The Rt Hon. Lord Hunt of Kings Heath OBE The Rt Hon Lord Philip Hunt PC OBE is a member of the House of Lords and Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
Professor John Brooks Professor John Brooks is Vice-Chancellor of the Manchester Metropolitan University.
HM Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis Helen Nellis is a qualified Barrister. Her career has spanned the law, higher education, health and the commercial sector.
Prem Goyal Prem Goyal was a founder member of Global Markets Consultants (GMC), an investment banking consulting boutique firm.
Paul Thandi Paul Thandi is the Chief Executive of the UK’s largest and most high-profile venue management company, the NEC Group.
Amanda Jordan OBE Amanda Jordan is joint Chair of Corporate Citizenship, which she founded in 2001 after a successful career spanning the voluntary and private sectors.
Sir Bernard Zissman Sir Bernard led the team which developed the International Convention Centre and the world acclaimed Symphony Hall in Birmingham.
David Russell David Russell joined the Harpur Trust in 2002 after a career in the Royal Navy in which he commanded one surface warship and three submarines.
Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL took up his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire in 2003.
Kasim Ali Kasim is a Pharmacy graduate with a Masters in International Relations. Along with his wife, Kasim is the founder of Waterloo Tea.
Trevor Phillips OBE Trevor serving as the president of the Partnership Council of the John Lewis Partnership.
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