Our Patrons

Dr Charlotte Blease

Dr Charlotte Blease is a cognitive scientist and philosopher of medicine. She is currently a Fulbright and Irish Research Council-Marie Curie Research Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School and the School of Psychology, University College Dublin. She is passionate about education, including Philosophy for Children, and the public understanding of medicine and healthcare. In 2015 Charlotte co-founded Philosophy Ireland, an all-Ireland network of teachers, philosophers, and educationalists who aim to promote philosophy at all levels of Irish society. She was instrumental in promoting the pedagogy Philosophy for Children in her capacity as Curriculum Adviser on the Irish curriculum's Junior Cycle Short Course in Philosophy. 

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry is an actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, comedian, television presenter and film director. In addition to his acting roles such as the lead in the film Wilde, Melchett in the BBC television series Blackadder, and the titular character in the television series Kingdomhe has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressiveand was from 2003 to 2016 the host of the BBC television quiz show QI. As a proudly out gay man, the award-winning Out There, documenting the lives of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people around the world, is part of his thirty-year advocacy of the rights of the LGBT community. 

Lord Neuberger

Lord Neuberger served as President of the Supreme Court from 2012 to 2017. He previously held the post of Master of the Rolls from 1 October 2009. In 2007 he was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and created a life peer as Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury in the County of Dorset. 

Professor Mick Waters

Professor Mick Waters is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Developmental & Applied Research in Education (CeDARE) at the University of Wolverhampton. He works with schools across the country and abroad on innovative approaches to learning and on initiatives to push the boundaries for making learning better. He was a head teacher before working at senior levels in Birmingham and Manchester Local Authorities. Mick was the Director of Curriculum at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) from 2005 to 2009.