Our Patrons


Sir Nigel Hamilton

Sir Nigel Hamilton, KCB, DL was Head of the N. Ireland Civil Service until 2008. Hamilton was made an Honorary Graduate of the University of Ulster and awarded a Doctor of the University in recognition of his contribution to public administration in N. Ireland.


Baroness May Blood

May Blood, Baroness Blood of Blackwatertown, MBE is a Labour member of the British House of Lords. Blood was born and raised in Belfast and worked in a linen mill from 1952-90 where she soon became an active member of the trade union and a shop steward.


The Late Prof. Patrick Johnston

Patrick Johnston FMedSci was Vice-Chancellor and President of Queen’s University Belfast from 2014 until 2017. Johnston was also a leading expert in cancer research; he received the 2013 International Bob Pinedo Cancer Care Prize for his work in translating discovery science for the benefit of cancer patients.

Sen. George J. Mitchell

George John Mitchell, Jr., GBE is an American lawyer, businessman and politician. A Democrat, Mitchell served as a United States Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and as Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995. He served as the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland under President Bill Clinton.