Our Vice-Patrons

The Rt Hon Frank Field MP DL, Vice-Patron

Frank Field was Chairman of the Trust from it's inception in 2012.  He stepped down from this role on 19 July 2017, however Trustees were delighted that he accepted their invitation to become a Vice-Patron instead, so we can continue to benefit from his influence and experience.  
Frank worked as Director of the Child Poverty Action Group from 1969-79.  In 1974 he also became director of the Low Pay Unit until 1980. Since 1979, he has been a Member of Parliament for Birkenhead.  In 1990 he took up chairmanship of the Social Security Select Committee up to 1997, when he was appointed the Welfare Reform Minister until 1998, in Tony Blair’s first Government.  After the 2010 General Election he undertook a review of poverty for the Government, the report of which – The Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults – was published in December 2010.  Frank currently chairs the Work and Pensions Select Committee and sits on the Advisory Council for The Centre for Social Justice, a think tank that aims to develop effective solutions to combat poverty and social breakdown in the UK .

Why I Became a Trustee

Graham Allen, Vice-Patron

Graham represented the constituency of Nottingham North (where he was born) as MP between 1987-2017.  It is one of the UK’s poorest areas, sending the fewest number of kids to university, and with double the national average of single parents and free school meals - the driving passion of his activity. He held a wide span of front bench portfolios, and served as Whip to the Deputy Prime Minister and then to the Chancellor, each for 5 years. He still regards himself as “a recovering whip, taking one day at a time”.

His ambition is to turn the UK into a modern democracy. He has written “Reinventing Democracy” and “The last Prime Minister; being honest about the UK Presidency".  In 2010 he was elected Chair of the Political & Constitutional Reform Select Committee and, working cross party, produced a raft of reports on redeveloping a modern democracy including Devolution, independence for Local Government, improving voter engagement, a Citizens constitutional Convention for the UK and, in 2015, a Written Constitution for the UK - the first ever to be published by Parliament.

Damned as “very independent minded" by Blair’s No 10, he proved it in opposing the war in Iraq by helping to organise the two biggest parliamentary rebellions within a governing party in UK’s political history. Prime Ministerial preferment being unlikely thereafter, he became a hyper-active backbench MP on behalf of his constituency.

He firstly took on the executive role of Chair of Nottingham’s Local Strategic Partnership in 2005 which he re-named One Nottingham and set it the mission of making Nottingham the first “Early Intervention City”. In 2007 he wrote with Iain Duncan-Smith the seminal “Early Intervention: good parents, great kids, better citizens" underlining his reputation for getting things done by working cross party. In July 2010, the Prime Minister requested he carry out an Independent Review of Early Intervention for Her Majesty’s Government. He produced two influential reports, "Early Intervention: the next steps" published January 2011, and "Early Intervention: Smart Investment, Massive Savings", published July 2011. He then set about building and funding a national Early Intervention Foundation to implement the findings of the reports.  The EIF opened for business in February 2013 and he chaired it unpaid. Click for more info

As a “serial political entrepaneur” in 2014 he created, founded and is the unpaid Chair of the Charity “Rebalancing the Outer Estates” a unique initiative to facilitate, convene and build local and national partnerships to tackle outer city deprivation and replicate effective practice nationwide on jobs, skills, community and public health issues. The Charity with its high powered Board and connectivity has built an impressive list of achievements to date and has an ambitious future programme. He also convened Parliament’s “20 most deprived constituencies” group.

Currently he is building support for a Citizens Convention so 10 million founding mothers and fathers can save UK democracy while there is still time. He now works only 5 rather than 7 days a week for the issues and people he cares about.

Lord Griffiths of Forestfach, Vice-Patron

Lord Griffiths is a member of the boards of Goldman Sachs International and Goldman Sachs International Bank and chairman of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Audit, Business Practice and Compliance Committee of both boards.
He started his professional career in academia; teaching at the London School of Economics from 1965 to 1976 and appointed professor of Banking and International Finance at the City University in 1976. He was dean of the City University Business School from 1982 to 1985. He was also a director of the Bank of England from 1982 to 1985.

From 1985 to 1990, Lord Griffiths served at No 10 Downing Street as head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit.  As special advisor to Margaret Thatcher, he was responsible for domestic policy-making and a chief architect of the government's privatization and deregulation programs.

He is a non-executive director of Times Newspapers Holdings Ltd and has served on the boards of ServiceMaster, English, Welsh and Scottish Railway, Land Securities Trillium, Westminster Health Care and Herman Miller Inc.

He has also been chairman of the School Examination and Assessment Council, the Centre for Policy Studies and a member of various Select Committees in the House of Lords.

Lord Griffiths was for many years Chairman of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lambeth Fund.  He is Chairman of Christian Responsibility in Public Affairs.  He has written and lectured extensively on economic issues and the relationships of the Christian faith to politics and business and has published various books on monetary policy and Christian ethics.

Born in Fforestfach, Swansea in 1941, Lord Griffiths was educated at Dynevor Grammar School and the London School of Economics.