Who we are: President and Patrons

BAAF’s President and Patrons are supporters of our cause who have either been touched personally by adoption or fostering, or have worked in their professional lives to improve the lives of children separated from their birth families.
BAAF's President, Rupert Hambro

Rupert HambroChairman of Hambros Bank until 1986 when he left with his father and two brothers to set up J O Hambro; a Mergers and Acquisitions and Investment Management business. Has own private equity business with stakes in a number of businesses. Other positions include: Chairman The Society of Merchants Trading to the Continent; Chairman of Trustees of The Silver Trust; Deputy President of The National Association of Clubs for Young People and Vice Patron of the Royal Society of British Sculptors; and Chairman of the Trustees of Chiswick House & Gardens Trust. He is also a Board member of Open Europe and was Chairman of the Museum of London and Museum in Docklands from 1998 – 2005 and Treasurer of The National Art Collections Fund 1991 – 2003. Currently Hon Fellow University of Bath and Member of University Council, and Warden of Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

 

The Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss

Butler-SlossThe Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE is a retired judge. Among her many roles she has been High Court Judge and President of the Family Division. She is Chancellor of the University of the West of England and a Fellow of King’s College, London. She is married with three children and six grandchildren. BAAF is delighted that The Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE is one of our Patrons as her extensive knowledge and experience of the family courts is a valuable asset to the charity.

Nicky Campbell

Nicky CampbellNicky Campbell OBE is a journalist and presenter, best known for his work on BBC Five Live, 'The Big Questions' and ITV1s award winning 'Long Lost Family'. Last year he made a 4 part documentary series for ITV about adoption from all angles - 'Brand New Family'. In 2004 Nicky wrote Blue–Eyed Son (The Story of an Adoption), an account of his own experience as an adopted child. ‘I was adopted as a baby and was very lucky to have been brought up by wonderful parents. I support BAAF so that they can help children in care today to get the best chances in life, like I did.’ In this year’s Birthday Honours he was awarded an OBE for services to children.

Andrew Barton

Andrew Barton

Andrew Barton is one of the UK's most celebrated hairdressing names. His work graces global magazines from cover to editorial, his skill and personality are showcased on TV shows around the world most famously for his makeover magic on hit TV show "10 Years Younger".Beyond his signature award winning haircare range Andrew is the Creative Director for Urban Retreat Salon at Harrods. Andrew's clients include a string of celebrities who book months in advance at this stunning worldwide renowned salon. On speed dial to London's fashionistas, Andrew is the authority on all things hair and is acclaimed as "Best of British", voted London's Best Hairdresser by Tatler.Beyond his high profile media work Andrew is actively altruistic and supports various charities and causes close to his heart. As a Patron of The British Association of Adoption and Fostering, Andrew creates awareness for the charity.An adopted child himself Andrew is fiercely proud of the charity's work and is an active advocate of the campaign to create a "Forever Family".

Nimmy March

Nimmy MarchActor Nimmy March was adopted at the age of six months by the Duke and Duchess of Richmond. Her birth parents are a white British mother and a black South African father. Nimmy's four siblings include an adopted sister who is also mixed race. Nimmy's British television screen credits include Goodnight Sweetheart, Casualty, William and Mary, Doctors, Strictly Confidential, The Bill, Law & Order UK and Waking the Dead. Nimmy has been a tremendous support to BAAF for a number of years. 'Being an adoptee I completely understand where children in care are coming from and am delighted to support the work of this amazing charity.'

Annabel Elliot

Annabel ElliotAnnabel Elliot is a highly respected interior designer and has been supporting BAAF since 2005. She is a key supporter of BAAF’s special events, chairing two of our very successful fundraising events. Annabel's mother worked for an adoption agency, so whilst she was growing up she was very aware of the issues faced by children in care. ‘Home and family are key things in my life and I find it terribly moving when I see what adoption and fostering can do for people’.

Clare Grogan

Clare Grogan

Clare has worked extensively in Film, Television, Theatre and Radio for 30+ years. The summer she left school her band Altered Images were signed to Sony Records and Clare appeared in the BAFTA winning comedy Gregory’s Girl directed by Bill Forsyth. Altered Images quickly had worldwide success, selling millions of records, which topped the charts in several countries.  They recorded 3 Top 10 Albums. They were voted Best New Group at the NME awards the same year they were invited to play at The Royal Command Performance. She has had roles in dozens of TV and Radio Dramas.  Including some of the UK’s best-loved TV shows, Skins, Waterloo Road, Eastenders, Red Dwarf, Father Ted, Taggart, Sea of Souls. Her film credits include Gregory’s Girl, Comfort and Joy, Loyal, and most recently the BAFTA winning drama The Wee Man. Clare has presented film, travel and music shows for TV and radio – she is currently a presenter on STV’s Scotland’s Real Heroes. Her debut novel Tallulah and the Teenstars reached No 2 in the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Chart, the follow up Tallulah on Tour has just been released with a 3rd book planned for early 2015. Clare is enormously proud of her role as patron of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) and speaks regularly on the subject to help highlight the plight of children in care who are desperate for parents. She lives in North London with her husband Stephen and her daughter Elle.