This year’s International Peace Day Conference on Friday 21st September is being hosted at The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre. The distinguished panel of speakers at this year’s Conference are experts invested in delivering a message to uphold the ‘Right to Peace’, and support the need to create an international network of survivors who will campaign and work for peace.
Lewis Lukens – US Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy London
As Deputy Chief of Mission, Lew Lukens serves as Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom. From 2014-2016 Lew was the Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest; based at UC Berkeley, he was responsible for recruitment and outreach for the Department of State in Montana, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Lew was Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau from 2011-2014, running one of the U.S.’s largest embassies in Africa.
As Executive Director of the Department of State’s Executive Secretariat from 2008-2011, he directed all management support for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including her overseas travel. From 2005-2008 he was Consul General in Vancouver, BC, managing U.S. relations with Western Canada. From 2001 to 2005 he served as Senior Director for Administration at the National Security Council, as Management Counsellor in Dublin, and as Executive Secretary in Baghdad.
Baroness Helen Newlove – the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales
Victims’ Commissioner (VC) Baroness Helen Newlove is a community campaigner and activist. She was given a peerage in 2010 and sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer. Baroness Newlove was appointed VC for England and Wales in December 2012. The Commissioner’s role is to champion the interests of victims and witnesses; encourage good practice in the treatment of victims; and keep under review the operation of the Code of Practice for Victims.
Her priorities as Victims Commissioner over the coming year includes the needs of vulnerable victims, registered intermediaries, criminal injuries compensation and mentally disordered offenders.
Dr Idit Albert – Consultant Clinical Psychologist & PTSD Lead and Clinical Lead | Psychological Trauma Outreach, Screen and Support Service for London Terrorist Incidents – South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Idit Albert is an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist specialising in psychological trauma who is based at the Centre for Anxiety Disorder and Trauma (CADAT), South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. She is the service Lead for the Psychological Trauma Outreach, Screen and Support Service for London Terrorist Incidents commissioned by NHSE .
Dr Albert led the Outreach and Screen service for residents of England that were affected by the terrorist attacks that took place in Tunisia, Paris and Brussels. She led the Psychological Support programme for the UK medics who volunteered in the Ebola treatment centres in Sierra Leone on behalf of DfID. Dr Albert was a consultant on international projects for survivors of human trafficking and military veterans. She is a CBT therapist, clinical supervisor and a trainer in clinical psychology.
Fiona Murphy MBE – Associate Director of Nursing Northern Care Alliance
Fiona Murphy is the Associate Director of Nursing for Bereavement and Donor Support at Bolton, Salford and Wigan, and has dedicated much of her 30 year nursing career to care for dying patients and their families.
Following the Manchester Arena bombing in May this year, the Fiona helped to lead bereavement teams for families of the victims for the first time in NHS history. The practise is now standard procedure to be used for every major disaster.
Cathryn Ellsmore – Head of Prepare, Counter Terrorism Exercises and Victims of Terrorism Unit, Home Office
Cathryn Ellsmore is the Head of Prepare, Counter Terrorism Exercises and Victims of Terrorism Unit at the UK Home Office, and is responsible for executing policy on the UK’s response to terrorism.
Diana Fawcett – Chief Officer, Victim Support
Diana Fawcett joined Victim Support as Director of Operations in February 2015, and became Chief Officer in January 2018. Prior to joining Victim Support, Diana was Director of Operations at Shelter, where she was responsible for the housing charity’s national network of specialist face-to-face and telephone advice and support services. She has also worked in housing management, development and care, at London borough councils and housing associations.
She is also Chair of a charity in south London providing advice and support to refugees.
Dave Fortier – President, One World Strong Foundation, Boston US
Dave Fortier is an accomplished management consultant in the technology and telecommunications industry with over 20 years of direct experience in strategic, operational, and organizational planning and design.
In 2013, Dave was injured in Boston at the site of the first explosion as he was about to complete his first marathon while running for a friend dealing with cancer. While in rehab with other marathon survivors in the summer of 2013, Dave formed a group called 4.15 Strong that helps others injured in the marathon bombings use different forms of movement (marathon training through yoga and biking) in their healing process. Most recently, Dave formed a non-profit called One World Strong Foundation – this organization is dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by acts of terrorism or extremist events and is international in scope. One World Strong is now actively engaged in multiple communities in the US and around the globe that have been impacted by terrorist and extremist acts.
Colin Parry OBE – Co-Founder and Chairman, The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation
Colin Parry, along with his wife Wendy, is Co-Founder of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation. He established the Foundation after his 12-year old son Tim, along with 3-year old Johnathan Ball, was killed by an IRA bomb in Warrington in 1993, borne out of a desire to understand the sectarian conflict and work for peace.
Previously, Colin’s professional career was in corporate Personnel management, before becoming an HR consultant. He has been the recipient of many awards, including an the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2004, and an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bradford, and wrote a critically acclaimed book ‘Tim: An ordinary boy’ in the aftermath of the bombing. He continues to perform speaking engagements and broadcasts on TV and radio highlighting the vital work that the Peace Foundation does in supporting victims of terrorism and educating communities and young people in understanding issues around violent conflict. He is a former Justice of the Peace and a lifelong supporter of Everton Football Club.
Nick Taylor – CEO, The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation
Nick Taylor is Chief Executive at the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation. Prior to his appointment, his previous work through his own company, The Bodyproject Foundation, has informed his leadership of the Peace Foundation and the creation of the National Survivors Assistance Network that is supporting people affected by terrorism.
A former Director of Communications at United Utilities, he was responsible for their 59,000 HA of land spanning National Parks to urban environments. He has worked on many critical incident and national infrastructure projects including reconfigurations of NHS hospital services, waste industry management and gas storage.
Charity, social and community enterprise, and corporate and social responsibility programmes are close to Nick’s heart and he has invested much of his time over the past decade into his roles at various charities such as chairing the regional air ambulance, a heritage trust and an arts venue. He suspended his own business in 2013 to take up his role at the Peace Foundation for an initial period of three months. Five years on he remains fascinated by the challenge of preventing violent extremism.
Terry O’Hara – Head of the National Survivors Assistance Network, The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation
Terry O’Hara has been part of the team at the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation for five years. He manages a team of Health and Wellbeing Caseworkers as part of the Survivors Assistance Network providing practical and emotional support for people affected by terrorism.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Terry was a police officer in Merseyside for over 30 years. His specialist police roles included; Hostage and Crisis Negotiator; Counter-Terrorism Security Coordinator; and Counter-Terrorist Search Team Leader. He has an MSc from the University of Liverpool in the Psychology of Critical and Major Incident Decision-Making and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
Kelly Simcock – Director of Programme, The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation
Kelly Simcock is Director of Programme at The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and Co-Chair of the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network Youth, Families & Communities working group. A practitioner by background she has researched, designed, delivered and managed tailored conflict transformation and counter extremism programmes in and with groups and communities across the UK and globally. She is responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s Programme Strategy to Prevent, Resolve and Respond to violent conflict.
Kelly has worked with organisations, agencies, communities and government departments nationally and internationally providing training, facilitation, policy advice and consultancy, specialising in countering violent extremism, cohesion, community relations, and the Prevent agenda in the UK. She has contributed to variety of International platforms providing policy and practice advice on countering violent extremism for the OSCE, UNESCO, Global Counter Terrorism Forum, European Commission and a number of European countries.
Nikki Lester – Mental Health Consultant, The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation
Nicola Lester specialises in providing psychological trauma training, consultancy and clinical support to organisations and individuals. She is a registered mental health nurse and trauma therapist specialising in working with conflict related trauma and traumatic bereavement. Nicola has worked extensively with the UK Armed Forces providing clinical support to both serving personnel returning from operational deployment and to military families following a death in the line of duty. More recently Nicola has designed and delivered an intensive residential package to the Syria Civil Defence in the Middle East to provide a psychological trauma training programme.
Nicola has been working as the Peace Foundation’s Mental Health Consultant since September 2015 and has advised us on our response to a number of incidents as well as developing a clinically informed model of practice in which to structure our support to those affected.