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

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 2012’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 is Professor of Paediatric Hepatology at the University of Birmingham and Consultant Paediatric Hepatologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

She is a Council Member of the GMC (General Medical Council) and a Non- Executive Director of the Health Research Authority.

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 had a highly successful career as an actor, singer, writer and director.

He was a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands (Labour) from 1999 to 2014 and has played a key role in promoting equality and human rights and opposing discrimination.

He was joint founder of Stonewall and in 2007 Michael was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Staffordshire for his human rights work.

On 23 of September 2014 Michael was elevated to the House of Lords where he sits as an independent member.

We were delighted that Michael referred to POhWER’s concerns about proposed legislation changes in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill Committee meeting in the House of Lords.