Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner is widely regarded as Britain’s top satirical impressionist.  Born in Edinburgh on 6 April 1961, Rory was educated at Wellington College and Kings College London, where he gained a BA in French and German.  By the time he’d graduated in 1984, he was already performing on the London stand-up circuit and at his native Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and got his first TV series with the BBC in 1986. 

In a TV career of over 30 years, he’s won numerous awards, including 3 BAFTAs for his long-running Channel 4 satire series Bremner Bird & Fortune, featuring Rory and the two Johns. In addition, he’s written and starred in satirical specials covering four elections.  He retraced his family history for Who Do You Think You Are, and travelled all over Britain for the ITV daytime series Rory Bremner’s Great British Views (2012). In 2013 he made his acting debut alongside Patricia Hodge and Caroline Quentin in Noel Coward’s Relative Values, directed by Trevor Nunn. (Theatre Royal Bath and subsequently West End). In his spare time, he translates operas and plays from French and German. He loves sport, travel & cooking and is a Patron of wildlife charity Tusk and the ADHD Foundation - he was diagnosed with the condition in 2016 and has recently completed a BBC Horizon Documentary about it (ADHD and Me). Rory divides his time between the Cotswolds and the Scottish Borders. He’s married to the sculptor Tessa Campbell Fraser & has two daughters, Ava and Lila.

Eileen Hogan MA (RCA) RWS

Research Professor, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London.  Member of the Royal School of Drawing Academic Board.

'The Salvesen Mindroom Centre is fresh-thinking, imaginative and inclusive. It draws together science and the arts to bring an energetic and effective approach to the serious problem of learning difficulties.'

Dr Loretta Giorcelli OAM

Professor of Special Education, Director of Giorcelli Educational Consultancy Services, Sydney, Australia. Visiting Professor to San Francisco State University.

'The Salvesen Mindroom Centre charity is a remarkable force for change and growth, especially for individuals with vulnerabilities and their families. The work and dedication of Sophie Dow and her team have already brought enormous change to the way people think, the way services are delivered and the way inclusive practices can be extended to each and every member of society. The Salvesen Mindroom Centre exemplifies the best that international networks, strong local advocacy and individual vision can achieve.'