Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard PhD FRCGPProf Helen Stokes-Lampard PhD FRCGP
Chair

As outgoing Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Helen has shaped policy and led the strategy of the college to ensure the ‘voice’ of general practice and GPs is understood and represented. Helen will step down from the role in November. Helen is also a part-time GP partner and a Professor in the Medical School at University of Birmingham (Chair of undergraduate GP Education). Previously, she has held the post of RCGP Honorary Treasurer, the first female to hold this position. Prior to training as a GP, Helen worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, experience that shaped her clinical and academic inspirations. Helen is naturally enthusiastic and dynamic with a sense of humour and plenty of pragmatism.

The Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE DLThe Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE DL
Director

Tanni is one of the country’s most decorated Para-athletes, having won 16 medals, including 11 golds, at five Paralympic Games between 1988 and 2004, plus six medals at two Para World Championships. Tanni was appointed an MBE for services to sport in 1993, OBE in 2000, and DBE in 2005. Following her athletics career, she has sat on the boards of numerous bodies, including the National Disability Council and UK Sport, and is Chair of the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation Commission on the Future of Women’s Sport and Chair of ukactive. In 2010, Tanni was created a Life Peer in the House of Lords and sits as a crossbencher. She has also been Chancellor of Northumbria University since July 2015.

Phoebe Vela-HitchcoxPhoebe Vela-Hitchcox
Director

Phoebe is a Party Treasurer for The Conservative Party, with responsibility for fundraising and senior level business engagement. She is also an Advisor for the Yoo Group, an international residential and hotel design company. Formerly, Phoebe served as a Partner and Group Director of Communications at Bell Pottinger, where she managed the marketing function. Earlier in her career, she worked in the conference and events production industry for over 15 years. She worked for Press Holdings Media Group, The Financial Times and Informa Group Plc as Corporate Affairs and Event Director, producing high-level strategic events spanning developed and emerging markets on five continents in a wide range of focus areas. Phoebe is a Board Trustee of Chickenshed Theatre, a theatre company transforming the lives of children with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds with a passion in performing arts. She was also a member of the NSPCC’s Rebuilding Childhoods Board.

Jonathan BadyalJonathan Badyal
Director

Jonathan has been Head of Communications at Universal Music UK since August 2017. He also sits on the boards of the Roundhouse and the Black Country Living Museum. He is also an associate board member at Julie’s Bicycle and is an Ambassador for the UK Government’s GREAT Campaign. He previously spent five years working in Westminster for former Culture & Digital Economy Minister Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, and his successor, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP. His passion for music came to the fore during his time working at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Although knowledgeable and well connected across every facet of British culture, from film to fine art, he became a vocal champion of British music, and especially British urban music. Jonathan grew up in Wolverhampton and was educated at Heath Park and Wolverhampton Grammar School. He studied Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham before going on to study a Masters in Political Science.