The Archbishop of York

John_sentamuOur patron is the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.

The sixth of thirteen children, John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu was born into Uganda’s Buffalo clan on 10 June 1949. Encouraged in his education by English missionaries and teachers, he graduated in law from Makerere University, Kampala, and remains an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda.

The Archbishop practised Law at both the Bar and the Bench prior to his arrival in the UK in 1974 to read theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge. There he gained a Masters Degree and then a Doctorate, before training for ordination at nearby Ridley Hall. Following his ordination in 1979, Sentamu served as Assistant Chaplain at Selwyn College, going on to work as Chaplain, Curate and Priest-in-Charge at a number of churches in the London area. He was appointed Bishop for Stepney in 1996; Bishop for Birmingham in 2002; and Archbishop of York, his current position, in 2005.

The Archbishop has a huge heart for children and young people, their rights and their well-being. From 1997 to 1999, he acted as Adviser to the Stephen Lawrence Judicial Inquiry and chaired the Damilola Taylor Murder Review. Sentamu also campaigned against guns, knives, drugs and gangs throughout the Midlands after the killings of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare in 2003. In 2004, he became President of Youth for Christ, and founded the Archbishop of York Youth Trust in 2009.

‘This is a very important project. It gives us all the opportunity to be that crucial influence for good in young people’s lives.’

Professor Bob Garvey

bobgarveryProfessor Bob Garvey holds the chair in Business Education at York St John Business School. He is one of Europe’s leading academic practitioners of mentoring and coaching. Bob has extensive business experience across many sectors. This includes large and small business, the public and voluntary sectors. He has developed many training films and contributed to international Webinars and developed interactive training materials.

Bob currently mentors a number of people from a variety of organisations and walks of life. Bob has published many papers on the practice of coaching and mentoring in a variety of journals and is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. He regularly contributes to the professional journal ‘Coaching at Work’ and in July 2014 ‘Coaching at Work’ awarded him a life time achievement award for contributions to mentoring. Currently he is working on a new book for the publisher, Sage, which is due for publication in 2015.

Anne Wafula Strike, MBE

Anne-Wafula-Strike-photoAnne Wafula Strike MBE was the first wheelchair racer from East Africa to compete at the Paralympics (in Athens, 2004) and she was a member of BBC and ITV television commentary teams at the London 2012 Paralympics. She has been recognized by Her Majesty the Queen for her athletic accomplishments and involvement with a range of charities for those with disabilities, and, is a Board Member of UK Athletics. Anne is a motivational speaker and has spoken as an advocate for those with disabilities, in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and recently made her debut with the Graeae Theatre Company’s show at the Royal Festival Hall. Her autobiography, In My Dreams I Dance (2010, Harper Collins), was written after winning a BBC prize for individuals with extraordinary life stories.

“Your perceived disability should not affect your ability to be fully integrated into society”

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Professor Karen Stanton

Vice Chancellor of York St John University