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‘The cost of peace and the price of extremism’ Conference

March 18, 2013 | Nick Taylor

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace

in association with the RSA in the North West presents

‘The cost of peace and the price of extremism’

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 16:00 (GMT)

The Peace Centre, Warrington, United Kingdom

A ‘free-to-attend’ conference, this event will bring together business leaders, politicians, the media and leading thinkers from the public, private and social sectors on the 20th anniversary of the Warrington bomb. The conference will see key speakers explore and debate the economic and social risks posed to civil society by violent extremism and the human, social and financial cost of supporting those affected by conflict and political violence.



On 20th March 1993, 12-year old Tim Parry and three year old Johnathan Ball were killed and 56 people injured as well as many others affected as a result of the IRA’s bombing of Warrington.  The parents of Tim established a Foundation in the boys name and built an international centre here in the North West.  The Foundation for Peace is a charity that works nationally and internationally to promote peace and non-violent conflict resolution.  Exactly twenty years to the day of the bombing the Foundation is calling upon leading thinkers in the country to come together to consider one of the greatest challenges facing civil society and to discuss practical solutions.

Conference Host

Nick TaylorNick is Chief Executive of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. He is a specialist in environmental, social and corporate governance, stakeholder and reputation management. He took up the CEO role at the end of 2012 but was previously a trustee for six years and worked with the charity for a year in 1999 helping establish the new centre and early programmes.  Nick is highly experienced social sector player having been the Chair of a regional arts charity for 12 years also been Chair of a heritage trust and the regional air ambulance and holding directorships on other charitable and community interest foundations.

Conference Welcome

Terry O’NeillTerry is the Warrington Council Leader and establishing Warrington as one of the UK’s securest places for businesses to invest and for people to live recently seeing the town described as the North’s economic powerhouse.

Mike HannonMike is the Warrington Council Deputy Leader. Mike was instrumental in being part of Warrington’s response to the bombing and has been the driving force for twenty years of reconciliation work.  He was Chairman of the Warrington Ireland Reconciliation Enterprise (WIRE) and still to this day leads the council’s work for peace.

Speakers, Panelists and Contributors:

The Baroness Newlove – Helen is a community reform campaigner who was appointed as the Victims’ Commissioner by the UK government in 2012. She came to prominence after her husband, Garry Newlove was murdered in 2007. After his death she set up a number of foundations that aimed to tackle the UK drinking culture as well as providing support to young people. Helen was given a peerage in 2010.

Matthew Taylor Chief Executive of the RSA – Prior to this appointment he was Chief Adviser on political strategy to the Prime Minister.  He was appointed to the Labour Party in 1994 before that his roles included being a county councillor, a parliamentary candidate, a university research fellow and the director of a unit monitoring policy in the health service. He was Assistant General Secretary for the Labour Party. During the 1997 General Election he was Labour’s Director of Policy and a member of the Party’s central election strategy team. He was the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research between 1999 and 2003, Britain’s leading centre left think tank.  Matthew is a frequent media commentator on policy and political issues, and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Observer, New Statesman and Prospect’.

Colin Parry O.B.E. JP – is Chairman and Co-founder of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.  Colin is a tireless campaigner for peace and has become a prominent authority and speaker in the years following the IRA bombing in Warrington in which his son was killed. he has also written widely on the subject of peace, having many first person pieces published in national and regional media, and he also co-wrote the book ‘Tim: An Ordinary Boy’. Colin and has hosted his own television series, ‘An Interview with Colin Parry’ on Granada Television, in which Colin interviewed a wide variety of guests. He has received many other awards and accreditations including Rotary International’s most prestigious award for ‘World Understanding and Peace’ before an audience of 10,000 in the Osaka Baseball Dome in Japan. He runs his own coaching and leadership development company.

Jason McCue – is senior partner of McCue & Partners. He is an internationally recognised expert on human rights, victims’ rights, domestic and cross-border litigation, transitional justice (peace and reconciliation), conflict-resolution and negotiation.  Jason is a leading international figure in crisis management and resolution.  He is regularly called upon by heads of state, governments, opposition groups, corporations and public figures to provide advice on a broad array of issues, from commercial and private concerns to transitional justice schemes and humanitarian matters.  He is recognised as a leading U.K. expert on litigation, human rights and reputation management (defamation (libel and slander), privacy and confidentiality).  Jason was awarded the U.K. Law Society’s Solicitor of the Year 2009-2010 for, amongst other things, his work on human rights issues in Africa.  In 2011 he was honoured with a doctorate in law.

David Mowat – is the MP for Warrington South.  He studied engineering at Imperial College where he joined the RAF as a cadet pilot officer.  After graduating David qualified as a chartered accountant and subsequently joined Accenture, the technology and consulting firm. In 1989 he became a Partner and subsequently built the business from a staff level of 400 to over 15,000. His final position was as a Global Managing Partner responsible for a business with a turnover of £500million.  David spent several years as Chairman of Fairbridge in Greater Manchester: a charity dedicated to improving the life chances of young people aged 16-21.

Oliver Ramsbotham is the Chair of the Board at Oxford Research Group. He is Emeritus Professor of Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford (UK) and President of the Conflict Research Society. He is series Co-Editor of Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. In addition to many articles, he has published books on nuclear deterrence, alternative defence options, and peacekeeping in the area of sustainable security, as well as books on dialogue and the management of radical disagreement in the Middle East. Oliver is a Foundation for Peace Trustee.

Phil Wood is a partner in the urban and cultural policy agency Comedia He was the Director of the Creative Town Initiative, a €10 million Urban Pilot Project of the European Commission. He is currently principal advisor to the Council of Europe on its transnational Intercultural Cities programme. He has advised the UK government’s Creative Industries Task Force and also its Commission on Integration and Cohesion.  He has given major presentations at international conferences including Creative City South Africa in Johannesburg, Metropolis in Toronto, the International Cities, Town Centres & Communities conference in Sydney, Multicultural Symbiosis in Tokyo, the Alliance of Civilisations in Rio de Janeiro and the World Summit on Arts and Culture.  He holds a MA with distinction in European Cultural Planning. His book, The Intercultural City: Planning for Diversity Advantage was co-authored with Charles Landry.

Dame Helen Reeves was the founding Chief Executive of Victim Support. She retired in 2005 after 26 years with the charity. She has been a member of numerous government committees and also Chair of the Committee of Experts for the Council of Europe which produced detailed recommendations for victims throughout Europe. Helen Is a Foundation for Peace Trustee.

Thelma Stober – a lawyer for over 20 years holding a number of high profile positions in the public sector and in her time has worked as Director of Law at Hackney Council, the Greater London Authority, the London Development Agency and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, She currently works for the Local Government Association as their Corporate  Legal Adviser. Thelma played a leading role in the Mayor of London’s team that prepared the bid to stage the Olympic and Paralympic games – London 2012.

Thelma was travelling to work on the day after the ‘Olympics’ announcement. She was on the Aldgate underground train and suffered severe injuries in the 7th July 2005 London bombings.

Since the bombings, Thelma has been active in championing the rights of and responses to survivors and has taken part in a number of health service working groups. She has been invited as an inspirational speaker in several schools in London to encourage young people to persevere to achieve their goals even in the face of adversity. Thelma is also involved in a project to assist child amputees in Sierra Leone following the civil war.

Graham FoulkesGraham’s son David (aged 22) was travelling in London on the 7th July 2005 to attend a business meeting for his new job.  David’s death has caused Graham and Janet to refocus their lives around, family and the local community.  Graham has become active in speaking up for the victims of terrorism and hopefully bringing about change to help people cope with the after effects .Graham is involved in a number of community projects with a particular interest in youth offending and some charity fund raising organisations.