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Dr Rowan Williams
Rowan Williams was born in Swansea in 1950 . He was educated at Dynevor Secondary School, then at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he studied Theology. After research in Oxford, he spent two years at Mirfield before returning to Cambridge, where he spent nine years in academic and social work. In 1984 he was elected a Fellow and Dean of Clare College at the University of Cambridge. During his time at Clare he was arrested and fined for singing psalms as part of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament protest at Lakenheath air-base.
Dr William’s commitment to social justice has been a constant of his career, engaging in issues as wide-ranging as inequality, the environment, and corporate social responsibility. In his role as Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Williams was known as a peacemaker and advocate of social justice who used his time in office to make an impact across the world. His visit to Zimbabwe in 2011 was widely commended after he openly criticised the human rights abuses of President Robert Mugabe’s regime. He has also been praised for his ability to engage publicly on complex matters of religion, society and morality.
Dr Williams has written a number of books on the history of theology and spirituality and published collections of articles and sermons – as well as a book of poems in 1994.
Dr Williams is currently the Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, a position he took up on 1st January 2013.
“Cambridge House does fantastic work for the local community. They improve the lives of thousands of young people, just as they’ve encouraged and supported me with my own project, One Big Community.I believe that together we can achieve great things for disadvantaged young people and develop a truly authentic platform which will allow young people’s voices to be heard. ”
One Big Community is a coalition of organisations from across the UK that have been brought together to help tackle the cause of youth violence. In addition to founding this initiative, Jeremiah Emmanuel is also the Deputy Youth Mayor for Lambeth. He has been campaigning for over 10 years, fighting to give the people of his community a better standard of living, safety and opportunity.
In November 2013 he won BBC Radio 1’s Teen Hero Award. He was also nominated for a Spirit of London Award in 2012 for his services to his community. He has visited many schools, inspiring young people to chase their dreams, stand up for themselves and become future leaders.
Robert Park joined Cambridge House in the 60’s as an undergraduate resident from Magdalene College, Cambridge. He later served for almost 40 years as a trustee, including a period as Chair. Beginning his career in the steel industry, Robert later worked in the City for a number of UK banks. He was Head of Group Strategy for NatWest before leaving to pursue an independent freelance career for 10 years. He is currently a non-executive director of Southwark NHS Primary Care Trust and Chair of Elephant Jobs, another Southwark community based charity.