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 CampbellWinner of Five Gold Sony awards, including the Best Breakfast Show [2009] Nicky Campbell is a radio and television presenter, best known for his work on Watchdog, The Big Questions and Radio 5’s breakfast show, including the phone-in. Nicky has written Blue-Eyed Son, a moving account of tracing his birth family. ‘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.’

Andrew Barton

Andrew BartonAndrew Barton was adopted as a baby and has grown up to be one of the UK's most celebrated hairdressers. His Covent Garden salon is renowned for its excellence and fashion savvy expertise. Voted British Hairdresser of the Year, British Hair Icon and Tatler’s Ultimate hairdresser, Andrew is known as TV's Favourite Hairdresser and best known for hair transformations on Channel 4's Ten Years Younger and various other TV programmes. With his self-help book out in all good bookshops and his celebrity clientele, Andrew is in hot demand amongst the British fashion and beauty press. Andrew first worked with BAAF in 2008 when he shared his adoption experience during National Adoption Week. Since then he has actively supported the charity's annual fundraising event, Bag Ladies, and he makes a big impact on all who meet him. 'Mine was a happy adoption story,' says Andrew, 'but children in care today need the support of charities like BAAF to find families who can give them the love and care they need. I am delighted to be a Patron of this great charity and use every opportunity to showcase the brilliant work BAAF does throughout each year.'

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 GroganBorn Clare Patricia Grogan, she was discovered by film director Bill Forsyth when she was a waitress in a Glasgow restaurant. She shot to fame at 18 as Susan, the girl who finally got her man in the 1981 film, Gregory's Girl. Some of her other roles have included playing the mad mum in BBC Scotland’s sit com Legit and more receintly she has finished a successful run in London in Russell Barr’s new play ‘Vantastic’. Clare had worldwide success as lead singer of ‘Altered Images’, a 1980s Scottish new wave band. Over the years she has presented music, film and travel shows for television and radio, and is a regular contributor to BBC6 Music and BBC Radio London. She is just putting the final touches to her second novel, as part of a series of three books that she has been commissioned to write for young girls, entitled The Adventures of Tallulah Gosh. She is currently filming in Carlisle the short film Sometimes. Clare lives in London with her record producer husband Stephen and beautiful daughter Elle Lucia. Clare says her support of BAAF 'is simply based on my desire to give hope and support to those thinking of adopting as I know through my own personal experience that as tough as the process seems at times, its well worth it.'