Patrons – David Schwimmer and Others

Baroness Jean Coussins 

Following a career in the public, private and charitable sectors, Jean is now an independent consultant on corporate social responsibility. She was made a Life Peer in 2007 and sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords, where she focuses on languages, linguists and international relations. She has served on the board of the Advertising Standards Authority and the consultative council of the British Board of Film Classification. She is President of the Money Advice Trust, the Peru Support Group and Speak to the Future.

Geraldine James OBE 

British actor Geraldine James is celebrated for her work on both stage and screen. She has been Bafta-nominated four times, has won a Critics’ Association Award for Best Actress, a Coppa Volpi Award for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, a Drama Desk Award and been nominated for a Tony Award. In 2003, she was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE).

She has worked with diverse directors such as David Fincher, Guy Ritchie, Michael Grandage and Peter Hall. Her body of work also reflects this diversity as her credits include 45 Years, The Tall Guy, The Merchant of Venice, Hedda Gabler, Utopia and Little Britain.

David Schwimmer

David Schwimmer is an actor, director and producer working internationally in theatre, television and film.  He is co-founder of the Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago, producing over 50 world premieres. His film and television credits include American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination, Madagascar I, II, & IIIBig NothingBand of BrothersCurb Your Enthusiasm and the hit comedy series Friends. His film and television directing includes Friends, Growing Up Fisher, Run Fat Boy Run, Little Britain USA and Trust.  He has been on the Board of Directors for the Rape Foundation in Santa Monica, California the last fifteen years.