Advisory Council: Biographical notes

Mrs Kiran Bali MBE JP

A social entrepreneur and community leader, Kiran has been instrumental in pioneering interfaith initiatives. Kiran works around the world to train communities in interfaith co-operation and peace building techniques.

CEO of Unitied Religions Initiative UK and one of the youngest UK Magistrates.

Professor David Coleman

Professor of Demography at Oxford University since 2002. Formerly Reader and Lecturer in Demography. Educated at Oxford University. Between 1985 - 1987 worked as Special Adviser to the Home Secretary and later to the Ministers of Housing and the Environment. Research interests include Comparative Demographic Trends in the Industrial World; Immigration Trends and Policies, and the Demography of Ethnic Minorities. He has worked as a consultant for the Home Office, the United Nations and private business. He has published over 90 papers and 8 books. He is a consultant to Migrationwatch on demographic matters but does not speak on its behalf.

Baroness (Caroline) Cox

Life Peer since 1982. Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords 1986-2005. Trained as a nurse. Later obtained a BSc in Sociology and an MSc in Economics from London University. Well known as a campaigner for Human Rights, particularly in respect of the persecuted church. Chancellor, Liverpool Hope University; Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing and CEO of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust).

Lord Green of Deddington KCMG (Chairman)

Educated at Cambridge. Short Service Commission, Royal Green Jackets 1962-1965. HM Diplomatic Service 1965. Served in Lebanon, Aden, Abu Dhabi, Paris and Washington. Ambassador to Syria 1991 - 1994, Middle East Director 1994-1996, and Ambassador to Saudi Arabia 1996 - 2000.

Mr Alp Mehmet MVO

Arrived from Cyprus 1956 aged 8. Educated at Parmiter's Grammar School in London's East end and Bristol Polytechnic. Immigration Officer (1970-79); Entry Clearance Officer Lagos (1979-83); Diplomatic Service (1983-2008), serving in Romania, Germany and Iceland (twice). Ambassador to Iceland (2004-2008).

Mr Neil Record, MA (Oxon), MSc, FCT, FRSA

Chairman and Trustee, Institute of Economic Affairs, 2015 to present. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford. Economist, Bank of England 1977-1978. Founder, Chairman and Currency manager, Record plc, 1983-present. Co-founder and director of RDF Media, 1993-2003. Visiting Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, 2008-2016. Director of the Global Warming Policy Forum, 2014-present. Director, Oxford Arts Festival, 2016-present.

Ms Patricia Skitmore LL.B (Hons) London

After a career in the business world, called to the Bar at Lincolns Inn 1976. Barrister in company law and tax. Later also a lecturer in Law at Guildhall University and contributor to professional journals. Appointed a part time Immigration Judge in 1993, served full time from 1995 until retiring in 2005.

Ms Karen Sturtivant

Retired solicitor.Educated at Cheshunt grammar school. Varied business career until age 30 then graduate legal Professional studies at College of Law. Admitted 1980 and established own practice in 1985 specialising in UK immigration law. The first sole practitioner to be listed in The Legal 500.

Mr Hazhir Teimourian

A writer on Middle Eastern history and politics. He was born in 1940 in the Kurdish region of western Iran and came to the UK in 1959 for his higher education. He stayed on and has spent the last 35 years in journalism, mainly with the BBC World Service and The Times newspaper. He believes strongly that if societies are to remain functional, they must stay culturally and emotionally cohesive. Large-scale immigration is likely to disrupt that and lead to political upheaval. For more information on him, please see

Revised January 2021

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