Our Advisory Board

  • Professor Michael Clarke

    Chairman of the Advisory Board

    Michael Clarke has had an extensive career at the forefront of academia and was most recently the Director General of RUSI. Prior to this appointment, Michael has held senior positions in defence analysis and in research entrepreneurship and development at King’s College London. He has been a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and at Chatham House. Michael is also a special advisor to the House of Commons Defence Committee and the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy. He has served on the Prime Minister’s National Security Forum and on the Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Panel. Michael’s expertise lies in defence, security and governance.

  • The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres

    Advisory Board Member

    Richard Chartres was ordained in 1973 and retired in March 2017, having been Bishop of London for 22 years. Prior to this, he was the Gresham Professor of Divinity (1987-1992), sworn of the Privy Council in 1995, and appointed Dean of HM Chapels Royal in 1996. As Bishop of London, Richard worked tirelessly to modernise and further integrate the Diocese of London into the city whilst retaining its historic traditions. Richard also led the Church of England’s “shrinking the footprint” campaign aimed at cutting 80% of the church’s carbon emissions by 2050. Since retiring from the Church of England in early 2017, Richard has continued to publish articles and essays on religion and the environment and remains patron to numerous charitable and theological organisations. For instance, he is a WWF-UK Ambassador and the founder and life president of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.

  • Dr Claire Booth

    Advisory Board Member

    Claire is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Immunology and Gene Therapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. She graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine in 2001 and then trained in Paediatrics, subspecialising in Paediatric Immunology and Immunodeficiency. She was awarded a PhD from UCL in 2012 in the field of lentiviral gene therapy. She is Principal Investigator of a number of Phase I/II clinical trials of gene therapy for rare, inherited diseases and runs a research group developing novel therapies for immune disorders including gene editing strategies.

  • The Rt Hon The Lord Norman Foster of Thames Bank

    Advisory Board Member

    Norman Foster’s architectural and design work has been both prominent and prolific since the inception of Foster Associates (later becoming Foster + Partners) in 1967. Over the last five decades the practice has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans, public infrastructure, civic and cultural buildings to furniture design. Norman’s emphasis on design, function and modernity can be observed in his work globally, for instance the HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong, the redevelopment of the Reichstag building in Berlin, London’s City Hall, Beijing Capital Airport, the Hearst Tower in New York and numerous other examples. Today, Norman and Foster + Partners remain at the cutting edge of design, maintaining an international practice famous for high-tech architecture.