Patrons The Right Reverend Dr Christopher CocksworthThe Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth is the senior leader of the Church of England in Coventry and Warwickshire and was consecrated as the 9th Bishop of Coventry on 3 July 2008. Bishop Christopher writes, "First, CORD has a disciplined focus – it is clear about the contribution it seeks to make to the world. It is wholly committed to bringing transformation to lives and communities threatened by conflict. Secondly, CORD places itself in areas of the world that are at risk of being forgotten – areas that are already suffering, silently and deeply, from endemic poverty and are all too easily passed over by the attention of nations. Thirdly, CORD has an impressive determination to rebuild capacity in communities, to restore a sense of wholeness and purpose, to re-establish basic infrastructures, to renew education…all those dimensions of human life and society that hold communities together and make for peace." 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. 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 WhiteChris was the elected MP for Warwick and Leamington Spa between 2010 and 2017. Before Chris’ political career, he worked in Public Relations at companies including MG Rover. Chris lives in Warwick, close to Cord’s head 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 was a member of the International Development Select Committee, 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.