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Royal Patron

HRH Princess Alexandra Patron Toynbee Hall

HRH Princess Alexandra

In early 2006 HRH Princess Alexandra agreed to be Royal Patron of Toynbee Hall. We are hugely grateful for her ongoing support and commitment.

Ambassadors

Toynbee Hall is grateful to its team of Ambassadors who donate their time to support our work to help us to continue to make a difference in Tower Hamlets and beyond. Our Ambassadors support Toynbee Hall in numerous ways, for example, by attending and hosting special events, advocating for our work, or supporting our fundraising efforts.

Dr John Sentamu

John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu was born into Uganda's Buffalo Clan near Kampala in 1949. He is the sixth of 13 children. Encouraged by English missionaries and teachers, he graduated in law from Makere University, Kampala in 1971. He practised law at the bar and the bench in the High Court of Uganda before fleeing to Britain in 1974 due to persecution under Idi Amin's regime. He read theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge before training for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

Following his ordination in 1979, the Rev Sentamu served as an assistant chaplain at Selwyn College, Cambridge, later becoming chaplain at Lachmere House remand centre. He also served as a curate at St Andrew's, Ham in Southwark diocese. He became curate of St Paul's, Herne Hill in 1982 before taking on the parish of Holy Trinity and St Matthias, Tulse Hill the following year. He left parish life behind in 1996 after he was appointed Bishop of Stepney. John was appointed Bishop of Birmingham in 2002 and became heavily involved with issues affecting the community. He supported and advised workers affected by the closure of the Rover car plant in Birmingham and campaigned against gun crime throughout the Midlands after the killings of cousins Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare. Bishop Sentamu was appointed Archbishop of York in June 2005.

Jon Snow

Jon Snow is the presenter of Britain's award-winning Channel 4 News. Jon has also hosted a wide range of discussion programmes and a number of high-profile documentaries for Channel 4, the most recent being War on Terror Trial, Bloody Sunday Debate, Snow in Japan, The Emillionaire Show and Secrets of the Honours System.

Jon was presented with the prestigious Richard Dimbleby Award for his outstanding contribution to the world of news and current affairs at the 2005 BAFTA Television Awards, and he was named Journalist of the Year at the 2005 Royal Television Society TV Journalism Awards.

Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist and broadcaster and was formerly the BBC's social affairs editor. She has won a National Press Award and has been What the Papers Say columnist of the Year. For much of 2002, Polly Toynbee took up the challenge of living in one of the worst council estates in Britain and taking whatever was on offer at the job centre. Published in February 2003, Hard Work: Life in Low-Pay Britain is a compelling, powerfully written and impassioned account of her experiences.

Sir Nicolas Bratza

Sir Nicolas Bratza is a British lawyer and former President of the European Court of Human Rights. Sir Nicolas initially became involved with Toynbee Hall in the late 1970s and 1980s, whilst serving as a volunteer at our Free Legal Advice Centre. He is the President of the British Institute of Human Rights and also holds an Honorary Professorship at the School of Law, University of Nottingham and honorary Professorship at the University of Essex and the University of Glasgow.