POhWER has four Patrons who have a real interest in the work we do, with special interest in many areas. They are First Patron Lorraine Kelly OBE, and Patrons Lord Michael Cashman CBE, Professor Deidre Kelly and Peter Duncan.




POhWER Patron Lorraine Kelly portraitLorraine Kelly OBE

TV presenter, journalist and actress Lorraine Kelly became the First Patron of POhWER and we were delighted to see her as guest at our Fifteen and Forward event in Birmingham.

We were delighted too that Lorraine was awarded the OBE and she was presented with the OBE - for services to charity and the armed forces - by Her Majesty the Queen in Edinburgh.

Lorraine is enjoying a sparkling television career, currently hosting her own show 'Lorraine'.


Peter Duncan

POhWER Patron Peter Duncan portrait

Actor, presenter and documentary maker, Peter Duncan has long had a ‘dare devil’ image which he first fashioned as presenter of Blue Peter. Today he continues to excite, whether it is competing in Celebrity Total Wipeout in Argentina or walking across a tightrope in his one man show.

His film, television and stage career in fact spans four decades.

Peter was the former Chief Scout and has a real concern for young people. In this year’s London Marathon he ran for POhWER, having taken part in the first ever London Marathon, running for Blue Peter and being cheered by thousands along the route.


Professor Deirdre Kelly

Professor Deirdre Kelly

Professor Deirdre Kelly was trained in both adult and paediatric gastroenterology and hepatology.

Today she is internationally renowned, having initiated research and developed practice in her fields and she has held numerous influential posts including President of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

She has been a Commissioner on the Care Quality Commission since its inception in 2009.

Professor Kelly is the CQC’s champion of older people’s services and children’s services - two causes close to POhWER’s heart.


Lord Michael Cashman

Lord Michael Cashman

Michael Cashman is an actor, perhaps best remembered for his role as Colin in the BBC’s EastEnders, though he has done much else.

He became a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands (Labour) and has played a key role in promoting equality and human rights and opposing discrimination.

He was joint founder of Stonewall – which coincidentally had already given POhWER its accreditation - and in 2007 Michael was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Staffordshire for his human rights work.