Hoda graduated from Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design with a degree in Design. An unorthodox approach to design, incubating patterns of transformation through music, art & social action. He is the managing director of Astell Foundation, a homeless charity based in South Kensington. He has been involved in launching a skills centre for vulnerable women in Colombia (Un Solo Corazon) & working with ETC, an early intervention agency, developing the first secondary school in the Masai Mara. Currently he is heading up a social transformation project in a castle in Edinburgh (Carlowrie Castle) facilitating the disenfranchised back into society. He is keen to see a mix of the global and the local in all aspects of transformation. Hoda spent 10 years working around the music industry and is currently finishing a masters in International development and Human Rights.
Clare works part time as a Probation Officer and full time as a mother. She and her husband established a charity in 2008 in memory of their first daughter who died at the age of 5 months, the Emily Harris Foundation, and through this they support the neonatal unit at their local hospital. She enjoys reading, watching sport and playing music – and has been known to appear on stage with a local amateur operatics society. Alongside this she is a member of her church leadership team and a governor at her daughters’ school. Clare is passionate about people’s capacity for change and believes even small actions can contribute to a big impact.
Roger has an MA in Economics and Law from Queens’ College Cambridge. Whilst working for the Bowater Paper Corporation he studied for a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (DMS). In his training for the Anglican Ministry he gained a BD from London University and a Certificate in Theology from Trinity College Bristol. During his ministry he has been involved with the development of children’s and young people’s character and education. He was Chair of School Governors for 23 years. Because of being a leader of a large and very active church he was able to contribute to various organisations world-wide involved in working for justice, improving education and basic facilities, emergency aid as well as in the area of Reconciliation. This involved supporting and financially providing for folk in those areas. He and his wife continue to be actively involved with a local initiative amongst the homeless, street workers, offenders, runaways and the hungry. They also make themselves available for the mentoring of church leaders in the wider area.
Roger retired in 2010 after 35 years as an Anglican Minister in a large Church of England Parish in Bolton, Lancashire. He is married to Ruth (see below) and has 2 children, Simon and Sarah. Roger combines a continuing involvement in parish and Diocese with walking the moors, birdwatching, gardening,supporting Bolton Wanderers and keeping the family labrador on the straight and narrow.
Ruth trained to be a Primary School teacher at Homerton College Cambridge but then partnered Roger in Parish Ministry. She has taught in a variety of schools and has considerable experience in multicultural situations. Her heart for those on the edge of society finds an outlet as mentioned in Roger’s info. She has also written and produced a musical called ‘On the Edge’ which expresses much of her understanding and concern. Ruth is the author of ‘5 socks on the line’ a book of helpful thoughts expressed in calligraphy. Over the years she has been able to provide a safe place in their home for those needing time-out to heal up in an accepting atmosphere. Her gifts in craft, art and music have been used by groups working with ethnic minorities in Bolton. She has always tried to develop the gifts of others and to create an atmosphere where that can happen.
Ruth has been married to Roger for 44 years. She continues to enjoy art, music, photography, calligraphy and being a Grandma! In addition to watching BWFC she also enjoys 6 nations Rugby and English cricket! She carries a concern for the hurting and undervalued both home and away.
Described by ‘Radio Times’ as ‘…one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting’ and ‘…an independent champion of great music’ and by ‘The Mail On Sunday’ as ‘A National treasure’, Bob has been at the centre of the British music industry for more than forty years. In 2011 he was rewarded with an OBE in the Queens Honours list for his ‘services to music broadcasting’.
Few people have broken as many bands into the mainstream consciousness as Bob Harris through his work on Radio 1, the legendary ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ TV shows and his current programmes on Radio 2. He is passionate about music and his infectious enthusiasm permeates his work. Bobs guiding principle is the pursuit of excellence, and this is reflected in his broadcasting skills and his devotion to the best music.
He is a trusted guide and mentor to millions who have music at the centre of their lives. When Bob gives his support to an artist, people listen and his shows have become the Holy Grail for acts worldwide. His tireless promotion of new and cutting edge music is second to none.
In 2013 Bob was awarded the CMA International Country Broadcaster of the Year Award, and in 2011, Bob was honoured with an Americana Music Association of America Trailblazer Award, a U. K. Heritage Award, and a Mojo Medal, as well as receiving his OBE from Princess Anne at Windsor Castle in October 2011.
Bob and his wife Trudie run their own independent radio and television production house – The Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company. Since it was founded in 2005, WBBC has made television music specials for Sky Arts, and Sony-winning radio documentaries and major music specials for BBC Radio 2, including the award-winning ‘Sandy Denny Story’ and the 16-part ‘OGWT 40’ series. An album of tracks compiled by Bob to accompany the series topped the UK compilation charts in the summer of 2011.
Bob co-founded ‘Time Out’ magazine, has written books, newspaper articles and magazine columns. He has produced records, done 48-gig rock tours and interviewed a President. He has voiced television and radio documentaries, major advertising campaigns (including the Beatles USA campaign for ‘Anthology 3’) and appeared in movies. He has been given a Fellowship by the University of Northampton and was the penultimate subject of ‘This Is Your Life’.