President & Vice-Presidents


NDCS’s President is Sir Christopher Benson JP, DL, FRICS, FRSA.

Sir Christopher Benson has had a distinguished career in business and in public service. He has been Chairman of some of the UK’s largest companies including MEPC, Royal and Sun Alliance, Boots the Chemist, Costain and Albright and Wilson.

His many public, charitable and other appointments have included Chairman of the London Docklands Development Corporation, High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Vice President of the Royal Society of Arts, Master of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen and President of the Coram Foundation.  He continues to hold many honorary appointments with organisations within the City of London, the Inns of Court and universities.  His appointments with charities include Chairman of Salisbury Vision, Vice President of Macmillan Cancer Care and Patron of Changing Faces.


Vice Presidents

NDCS is fortunate in having a number of Vice Presidents who support our work.  Our Vice Presidents are all people with a track record of outstanding achievement in their professional and personal lives, and who are committed to the vision and values of NDCS.

Our Vice Presidents act as ambassadors and advocates for NDCS, by attending high profile events, promoting our work within their own spheres of influence, and providing more specific support to some of our projects.  Our Vice Presidents are:


Sir Malcolm Bruce PC

Sir Malcolm Bruce was formerly the Liberal Democrat MP for Gordon, in North East Scotland, between 1983 and 2015.  He was also formerly Chairman of the House of Commons International Development Select Committee.  He became a member of the Privy Council in 2006. He takes a keen interest in deaf issues: one of his children is deaf.


Jim Carter

Jim Carter is an actor well known for his film and television work.  He appeared in the films “Shakespeare in Love”, “Brassed Off” and “The Madness of King George”.  His television roles have included parts in “Cracker”, “Red Riding” and “Cranford”.  He is married to the actress Imelda Staunton.


Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE

Dame Evelyn Glennie is an internationally acclaimed percussionist who has appeared with orchestras and in solo performances all over the world.  She has been profoundly deaf since the age of twelve.  She has a long standing interest in musical education and is an advocate for wider participation in music by children and adults of all abilities.


Ian Harley

Ian Harley has a professional background in finance and banking, and has many years of board level experience with FTSE listed companies, including Abbey National plc, Rentokil plc and British Energy plc. He is a past President of the Institute of Bankers.


Penelope Keith CBE, DL

Penelope Keith has become a household name for her leading roles in television series such as “The Good Life” and “To the Manor Born”.  She appears regularly on stage and holds a number of public and charitable appointments, including President of the Actors Benevolent Fund.


Baronness Glenys Kinnock

Baronness Glenys Kinnock represented Wales in the European Parliament from 1994 to 2009.  From October 2009 to May 2010 she was Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and now holds a number of charitable and public appointments. Baroness Kinnock has a long standing interest in international issues and international development, particularly in Africa and the Caribbean.


Professor Barry McCormick OBE

Professor Barry McCormick is one of the UK’s leading audiologists and the author of the standard medical textbook on paediatric audiology.


Dame Esther Ranzen DBE

Dame Esther Rantzen is a television journalist and presenter best known for her work presenting “That’s Life” and for her child protection activities as the founder of the charity Childline.  She is President of Childline and a trustee of the NSPCC.


Angela Rippon OBE

Angela Rippon is a television journalist and presenter and author of books for children and adults.  Among her many interests are equestrianism and dance.


Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell is a businessman and entrepreneur.  He is Chief Executive of WPP Group, which he joined in 1986 and which he has built up to become a major player in the global advertising and communications industry.