Patrons Author Gillian Cross Gillian Cross is an award winning British author of children’s and teen fiction. In 1990 Gillian won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf and in 1992 the Whitbread Children’s Book Award and the Smarties Prize for The Great Elephant Chase. Gillian also wrote the Demon Headmaster series of books that were later turned into a television series by the BBC. In 2013, Gillian’s novel After Tomorrow was published. Citing Cord’s work in Chad as inspiration for the novel, the story focuses on a family torn apart after a banking collapse in the UK who are then forced to become refugees. Gillian has been a Patron of Cord since 2013 and her support centres round the charity’s work with schools, helping them to learn more about humanitarian issues and encouraging schools to raise funds to support Cord’s work. Gillian writes that, "What I like about Cord is the way it combines down-to-earth, practical initiatives - like toilet-twinning and distributing solar cookers - with a deep commitment to lasting peace. People who have suffered in wars and conflicts have a vital part to play in building that peace and I have huge admiration for the way Cord works to support and empower them." Chris White MPChris was elected as MP for Warwick and Leamington Spa in the 2010 General Election. Before Chris’ election, he worked in Public Relations at companies including MG Rover. Chris lives in Warwick, close to Cord’s office in Leamington Spa and has been actively involved in the charity’s work for many years. Having seen Cord’s programmes in Chad first hand, Chris is an advocate of the charity’s peacebuilding process. In Parliament, Chris is a member of the International Development Select Committee , is vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty and Honorary Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Enterprise. Chris became a Patron of Cord in 2013 and supports Cord’s work at local, national and international levels.