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.
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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
Belle Wallace is the creator of, and inspiration behind, the TASC Framework, and she has been an influential figure in studies of children’s thinking processes and cognitive development. She has always been committed to re-addressing and perfecting the interactions of learning and teaching, and to working closely with teaching staff in order to understand the needs of the individual child.
Belle has served on the Executive Committee of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children; she has been editor of Gifted Education International since 1981 (now SAGE Publishers); and is immediate past President of NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education).
Her publications are many: most recently, she has published a series of 7 Problem-solving and Thinking Skills books extending topics taken from the National Curriculum Framework (UK) (Published by Routledge: book.orders@tandf.co.uk).
Recently, Belle has been a made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts in recognition of her service to education. BELLE WALLACE, FRSA click here
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 the OECD, UNESCO, the Professional Golfers Association, Nike, and the IOC. He has written or edited 24 books, and is currently completing a master’s degree in psychiatry and mental health. You can read his blog for Psychology Today here.

 

Patron - Professor Guy Claxton
Patron - Professor Deborah Eyre
Professor Deborah Eyre is Education Director for Nord Anglia Education and responsible for education strategy and quality in both its Schools and Learning Services divisions.
Nord Anglia Education is a leader in the international provision of high quality, innovative education, training and guidance. Deborah joined the company in 2010 following a period
running her own global education consultancy company offering expert advice to governments and charitable foundations.
A former academic and a prominent thought leader in the educational sphere, she is best known for her ground breaking work on advanced cognitive performance, where she is internationally recognised as one of world’s leading experts. Her career history includes serving on the Boards of TDA and NCSL, Director of the UK government’s flagship National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) based at the University of Warwick, Deputy Dean of Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University and roles at Local Authority and schools levels.
Deborah has helped many education institutions move from good to outstanding and is an expert on recognising and developing talent in both adults and children.
Patron - Professor Joan Freeman

Prof Joan Freeman is an international expert in gifts and talent.  For this, she won the British Psychological Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award as well as a Fellowship. She is Founding President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and Visiting Professor at Middlesex University, London. She has published 17 books for scholars and parents, three government reports on the education of the gifted, as well about 300 academic and non-academic publications.  In all her publications, she insists on scientific evidence.  She is often in the media.  Joan has a private practice in central London for highly able children. 
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Patron - Professor Diane Montgomery
Diane is Emeritus Professor in Education at Middlesex University, London, where she was formerly Dean and Head of the School of Education. She is a qualified teacher, teacher educator and chartered psychologist and currently researches underachievement, giftedness and dual and multiple exceptionalities. She has written and run distance learning MAs in Gifted Education, SEN, SpLD, SEBD, and Education Management and also written more than 30 books, 20 Study Guides and many articles on gifted education, underachievement, teaching and learning, dyslexia, managing behaviour problems, appraisal and learning difficulties. She has lectured widely nationally and internationally and mentored many on educating the more able. She was a member of the government advisory group on the gifted and talented and editor for 5 years of the NACE Journal. click here
Patron - Dr Yvonne Perret

Consultant and Author Gifted & Talented Education
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Yvonne is a keen sportswoman, singer, dancer, and artist. Qualifying as a Primary School Teacher in 1962 she arrived in the UK, the same year as Barry Humphries, Clive James and Germaine Greer.
After working as a Centre Leader in the Primary Support services with Children with Learning Difficulties she assessed many children in Cambridgeshire with Behaviour Difficulties and then began her real work in promoting the needs of Gifted Children, their teachers, educators and unusual in her early days, their parents.
Yvonne served two years on the National Committee of NACE, for ten years played a leading role with NACE/East. She was a foundation member of NAGC Cambridge and in the Huntingdon area of Cambridgeshire with the active support of parents of Gifted Children, she led an out of school club “Bright Sparks” so that children in little village schools could find a friend.
After 12 years studying with the O.U., she gained her MA and on the 9th June 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Open University for her contribution to World Gifted. Brunel University recognised her work in Gifted Education. In May 2010, her home state of Victoria – Australia made Yvonne a life member of VAGTC. Her book “Journeys in Gifted Education – by some who made their mark” launched by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne at the Melbourne Town Hall in March 2012 (available from NACE).

          
 
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.