Victor is Chief Executive of Turning Point, a health and social care organisation providing services for people with complex needs, including those affected by substance misuse, mental ill health and those with a learning disability. Victor has a passionate interest in public service reform and reversing the inverse care law, (those who need public services most tend to get them least). In pursuit of this he lectures and speaks widely on the subjects of poverty, social exclusion, equality and human rights, leadership and change management. Victor is a Non Executive Director of NHS England, on the Board of English Touring Theatre, President of the International Association of Philosophy and Psychiatry and Chancellor of Lincoln University. He is the founder and Chair of Collaborate at London South Bank University. In 2000, Victor was awarded the CBE for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people and in 2001, was appointed a cross bench member of the House of Lords.
A communications professional and a solicitor, Tim was group company secretary and legal adviser of Kingfisher Plc from 1986 until 1995. Before Kingfisher, Tim held senior legal positions at Grand Metropolitan and London Weekend Television. Tim was made a life peer in 1998 and until July 2004 was the Liberal Democrat Health spokesman. Thereafter, until the General Election 2010 he was Liberal Democrat spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Lords. Tim was chairman of the Liberal Party from 1986 to 1988. He was the treasurer of the Liberal Democrats from 2005-2010. He introduced and ensured the passage through the House of Lords of the 2003 Tobacco Advertising and Sponsorship Act and the Live Music Act 2012. He is deputy chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on China, Turkey and the UAE and Ovarian Cancer. He is a former member of the International Advisory Committee of Huawei Technologies. He is an Icebreaker fellow of the 48 Group Club. He was formerly the chairman of Crime Concern, the UK national crime prevention charity. Until its merger with Macmillan Cancer Support in 2008, he was a trustee of Cancerbackup, the UK cancer information charity founded by his late wife, Dr Vicky Clement-Jones FRCP. He is hon president of Ambitious About Autism (formerly known as Treehouse), the autism education charity. He is an honorary fellow of the London School of Pharmacy, UCL. He is a member of the Council of University College London and is on the advisory Board of the College of Medicine. He was educated at Haileybury and then Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took a degree in Economics (Part 1) and Law (Part 2).
In 1992 Julia was appointed a Junior Health Minister and for five years covered all health and social services matters in the House of Lords.When leaving Government, Julia sought to “close the loop” between politicians and NHS leaders, devising the highly successful Westminster Experience, and in April 2001 she launched Cumberlege Connections. Julia chairs a number of charities and Parliamentary Groups. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives, a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund, a Trustee of Leeds Castle and Patron of the National Childbirth Trust. From 2000 until 2005 Julia chaired the Council of St. George’s University of London, a leading medical school. In 2001 Julia joined the board of Huntsworth plc where she was a Non-Executive Director for 3 years. In October 2007 Julia was appointed Chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). Prior to this, Julia was a Trustee of Cancer Research UK for ten years. Julia chaired a Royal College of Physicians working party examining medical professionalism. The report “Doctors in Society” was published in December 2005. In 2010, she chaired another working party for the RCP looking at the future role and needs of the medical profession. The Report “Future Physicians: Changing Doctors in a Changing World” was published in May 2010. Julia was a Commissioner on the Marmot Review whose report, “Fair Society, Healthy Lives: A Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England Post-2010” was published in February 2010.
Lord McColl was born in 1933 and educated at Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow, and St. Paul's School, London where he won a Foundation Scholarship in Classics. He studied medicine at London University and was Professor of Surgery at Guy's Hospital until 1998 and continues to teach at King's College on the Guy's Campus. He is also Surgeon to the international charity Mercyships and frequently operates in the poorest countries of West Africa. He was a Surgeon to St Barthomew's Hospital and Sub-Dean of the Medical College 1967-71; Research Fellow at Harvard 1967; Professor of Surgery at Guy's Hospital 1971-98; Chairman of Government Working Party on ALAC Services 1986-87; and Vice-Chairman of Special Health Authority for ALAC Services 1987-91. His publications include Intestinal Absorption in Man (1976), NHS Data Book (1979), Talking to Patients (1980) and the McColl Report (1986). He is Chairman of Mercyships UK, Vice-President of the Mildmay Centres of Palliative Care in London and Uganda, President of the Leprosy Mission and Vice-President of the Prince of Wales Health Council on Disability. Lord McColl was made a Life Peer for his work for disabled people in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1989. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister John Major from 1994-97. Since 1997, he has been a Shadow Minister for Health. He was made a CBE in 1997 and a Fellow of King’s College in 2001. For his charitable work for Mercyships, he received the Great Scot Award 2001 and the Distinguished Maritime Award of the National Maritime Association, USA 2002.