Our patrons

Head and shoulders photograph of Lord Jim Knight

The Rt Hon the Lord Knight of Weymouth became patron of ASDAN in January 2015.

Lord Knight is Chief Education and External Officer at TES. He is a member of the House of Lords and a visiting professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education.

As a minister, his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment. He attended weekly Cabinet from 2009-2010, before joining the Lords after the 2010 General Election. He is also involved in developing solar-powered digital projectors for wireless use with iPads in schools in Africa and Asia, and on malaria diagnosis using smartphones.

Head and shoulders photograph of Lord Jim Knight

The Rt Hon the Baroness Corston became a patron of ASDAN in May 2016 having first become involved with the charity almost 20 years ago.

A former ASDAN trustee from 1997 to 2008, Baroness Jean Corston served as MP for Bristol East from 1992 to 2005 before becoming a member of the House of Lords. Baroness Corston officially opened ASDAN’s central office, Wainbrook House, Bristol East, in July 2001.

Since her elevation to the Lords, she has written a seminal report – A review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system – known as the Corston Report. In 2015, she chaired the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility enquiry into the transition of young people from school to work.