Simon Weston CBE
In 1982 the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries (46% burns) and redefine his role in life. Simon's message is one of achievement, of triumph over adversity, of seizing the moment and succeeding.
Following his injuries, Simon's road to physical, spiritual and mental recovery saw him active in a number of highly successful ventures including 'The Weston Spirit', a Liverpool-based young people's charity. His charitable work earned him an OBE in the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours and a CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours list. He was also awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2002 in recognition of his bravery and his charity work in the region. He was honoured as one of the top 100 Welsh Heroes in 2004, and in 2014, in a survey conducted by Freud Communications, Simon was voted top of the UK`s Heroes Index, naming him the Nations Favourite Hero.  For two years Simon was the President for Wales Scouting, and is currently the Patron of the Falkland Veterans Foundation, The Enham Trust, Allied Service Trust and an Ambassador for Changing Faces. 
Simon's story has been well publicised and he has been the subject of five major BBC Television documentaries: Simon's War, Simon's Peace, Simon's Triumph, Simon's Return and in April 1999, Simon's Journey. In 2014 he was nominated by viewers on the BBC One Show to have his Portrait painted and hung in the National Portrait Gallery, and BBC documentary followed Simon and the process behind creating the portrait.
Simon has published 4 children’s books - “A Nod From Nelson”, “Nelson to the Rescue” and “Nelson at Sea”and“Get Fit with Nelson” and in 2014 was delighted to be asked to voiceover some children’s stories for CBeebies. 
Simon is married to Lucy and has three children and is a proud Grandfather to young Zachary.
Simon Weston charities-links
 
Roger Black MBE

NACE are delighted that Roger accepted the invitation to become a NACE Patron, “It was an honour and privilege to hear Roger speak at our 2015 NACE Challenge Award conference for teachers in London. His passion and commitment was infectious and left us all feeling inspired.” NACE Chief Executive.
 
For fourteen years Roger represented Great Britain at the highest level in the world of athletics, both as an individual 400 metre runner and as a member of the 4x400 metre relay team, winning fifteen major Championship medals including European, Commonwealth, and World Championship Gold medals. His greatest achievement was winning the Olympic 400 metre Silver medal in 1996 and he is particularly admired for his triumphs over adversity, successfully overcoming several serious injuries and set backs throughout his career. In 1992 he was awarded the M.B.E.

Since retiring from Athletics Roger has been one of the UK’s most popular speakers, inspiring and motivating audiences around the globe – he understands the dynamics of becoming a champion, how to live a dream, set goals and fulfil one’s potential. In the lead up to and during London 2012 Olympic Games he was an Ambassador for Team GB.
 
 

Patron - Belle Wallace
The creator of the TASC Framework for thinking and problem-solving, Belle Wallace has been an influential figure in studies of children’s thinking processes and cognitive development. She has a longstanding commitment to re-addressing and perfecting the interactions of learning and teaching, and to working closely with teaching staff to understand the needs of the individual child.

Standing for “Thinking Actively in a Social Context”, the TASC approach is structured as a wheel which learners work their way around, drawing on and developing different thinking skills in relation to a topic or task. Developed by Belle in the 1980s, it remains widely used.

Belle has served on the Executive Committee of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, has been editor of Gifted Education International since 1981, and is a former president of NACE. Her many publications include a series of resource books to help teachers develop children’s problem-solving and thinking skills through national curriculum topics (published by Routledge). She has also recently edited the SAGE Handbook of Gifted and Talented Education (2018), working with Dorothy Sisk and John Senior as co-editors.

Belle has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (RSA) in recognition of her service to education.
 
Patron - Dr Richard Bailey

Dr Richard Bailey is head of research at the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, the worldwide representative agency for sport, PE and physical activity. He also runs a specialist sport research company, and is currently working with organisations including the OECD, UNESCO, the Professional Golfers Association, Nike and the IOC.

Previously Dr Bailey has worked as a teacher in both primary and secondary schools, a teacher trainer, coach, coach educator, and professor at a number of UK universities. He has conducted research on behalf of the English and Scottish governments, as well as a wide range of educational and sports agencies. His scientific review work has included directing the most comprehensive review ever published on the benefits of physical education and sport (BERA, 2007‐2008), the UK’s independent review of player development in sport (sports coach UK, 2008‐2009), and the IOC-funded study of the contribution made by sport in education (IOC, 2004).

He has written, co-written or edited 24 books, including Meeting the Needs of Your Most Able Pupils: Physical Education and Sport (2006), and is currently completing a master’s degree in psychiatry and mental health. You can read his blog for Psychology Today here.
 

Patron - Professor Joan Freeman

An international expert in high ability and talent, Professor Joan Freeman has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Fellowship of the British Psychological Society, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Mensa International. She is Founding President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University, and an Honorary Fellow of the College of Teachers.

Professor Freeman has published 17 books for scholars and parents, three government reports on the education of the gifted, and approximately 300 academic and non-academic publications. Her research includes a 35-year UK-wide comparison study on giftedness. She has a private practice in London for highly able children. 
 

Patron - Professor Diane Montgomery
Professor Diane Montgomery is Emeritus Professor in Education at Middlesex University, London, where she was formerly Dean and Head of the School of Education. A qualified teacher, teacher educator and chartered psychologist, she researches and lectures on underachievement, giftedness and dual and multiple exceptionality.

She has written and run distance learning MA programmes in Gifted Education, SEN, SpLD, SEBD and Education Management and has written more than 30 books, 20 study guides and over 100 articles and chapters on gifted education, underachievement, teaching and learning, dyslexia, managing behaviour problems, appraisal and learning difficulties.

Professor Montgomery was a member of the government advisory group on the gifted and talented, and is a former editor of the NACE newsletter. In 2019 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Above and Beyond Awards Ceremony, in recognition of her significant past and continuing contributions to improving provision for young people with high learning potential and dual or multiple exceptionality.
 
Patron - Dr Chris Yapp
A freelance consultant specialising in innovation and future thinking, Dr Chris Yapp has 30 years’ experience in the ICT industry, with a specialisation in the strategic impact of ICT on the public sector, creative industries, digital inclusion and social enterprises. He is a senior associate fellow at Warwick Business School’s Institute of Governance and Public Management, an associate of the think-tank Demos, and has been a trustee at the School of Social Entrepreneurs. Chris has contributed to books on IT, management and strategic issues, and is a frequent public speaker, with past engagements including the World Bank, British Council, UN, Club of Rome, the Royal Society and EU. He blogs on technology futures for the BCS.