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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 29th Feb 2016
5x15: 5 speakers, 15 minutes each
Raj Kohli joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1992. In 1999 he was promoted to Inspector and, in 2001, completed the Senior Investigators Course and moved to the Borough of Brent as the Detective Inspector in charge of pro-active operations. In 2006 Raj was promoted to Chief Inspector and was made the operational lead for the policing of South Brent. Shortly after, he moved into a central policy unit before being promoted to Superintendent and moving to Camden, where he oversaw significant reduction in gang crime, youth crime and gang-related violence. In 2012 Raj played a key role in helping deliver the London Olympics, being in charge of policing all parallel events across the 16 Boroughs south of the River Thames. In 2015 Raj became Chief Superintendent and Borough Commander for Hounslow. He was a finalist in the 2009 Asian Woman Magazine Award for services to the community and won the British Indian Award 2014 in the Best in Civil Services & Armed Forces category. He is the highest ranking Sikh officer in the Metropolitan Police.
Gavin Francis is a GP, and the author of True North and Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins, which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and Costa Prize. His most recent book, Sunday Times bestseller Adventures in Human Being, takes the reader on a remarkable journey through health and illness, offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the secret workings of the heart and the womb; from the pulse of life at the wrist to the unique engineering of the foot. Drawing on his own experiences as a doctor and GP, Gavin Francis blends first-hand case studies with reflections on the way the body has been imagined and portrayed over the millennia. Gavin Francis also writes for the Guardian, The Times, London Review of Books and Granta. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and children.
Isy Suttie is an award-winning comedian, writer, songwriter and actress. Her TV acting credits include Peep Show, Shameless and Skins. She regularly performs to live audiences and on radio, including her Sony Award-winning BBC Radio 4 series Isy Suttie's Love Letters, and has been nominated for a British Comedy Award three times. Isy has written for Red, Glamour, the Guardian and the Observer. The Actual One is Isy Suttie’s brilliantly funny memoir about that moment in your late 20s when you suddenly realize that all your mates are growing up without you. The invisible deal that Isy had made – to prolong growing up for as long as possible - has all been in her head. Suddenly everyone around her is into mortgages, farmers' markets and nappies, rather than skinny dipping in the sea and sambuca sessions on rope-swings. The Actual One is an ode to the confusing wilderness of youth, alongside a romantic quest for a genuinely good relationship with a man who doesn't use moisturiser. @Isysuttie
Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics and the arts. He’s lectured widely at Harvard, Yale, Cambridge and Stanford amongst others, and writes regularly for The New Yorker, Newsweek, and the Guardian. His highly acclaimed international study of depression, The Noonday Demon won the 2001 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. Far from the Tree his most recent book tells the stories of families raising exceptional children who not only learn to deal with their challenges, but also find profound meaning in doing so. Far from the Tree received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; the J. Anthony Lukas Award; the Anisfield-Wolf Award; the Wellcome Book Prize; the Books for a Better Life Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; the Green Carnation Prize; the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Nonfiction; and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction, among others.
Roz Savage holds four world records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row solo across three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat. In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. She is an active environmental campaigner and in 2013 was awarded an MBE for services to environmental awareness and fundraising. She is also a United Nations Climate Hero and an Athlete Ambassador for 350.org.