Professor Ian Morrison
Ian Morrison is the retired professor of Astronomy at Manchester University and former Director of the Jodrell Bank Observatory
Sissy Rooney is a 32 year old fashion designer who was born in Toxteth Liverpool, but now resides in Manchester. She is the founder and proud owner of the Street Style Surgery.
The Street Style Surgery is a social enterprise organization which works with socially disadvantaged children and young people in the UK to express themselves through fashion design and clothing. Through workshops, Sissy promotes the importance of creativity for individual self-confidence and worth, and provides the opportunity for young people to explore their own entrepreneurship and the fashion business as a viable career choice.
Eamonn O'Neal is Managing Editor of MEN Media, publisher of the Manchester Evening News.
He was born in Manchester and was educated at St. Bede's College, Whalley Range, Christ's College of Education, Liverpool and Manchester Metropolitan University.
He was a teacher in Stockport, becoming deputy head teacher at St Mary's Primary School in Heaton Norris and St Winifred's Primary School in Heaton Mersey before leaving the profession to pursue a career in journalism and broadcasting. He was awarded both the Diploma in Management of Education and M.Sc in Education Management (Action Learning) at MMU.
Eamonn presented many programmes for ITV Granada and has been a presenter with BBC Manchester since 1987. After working with ITV Network production in London, he returned to the north west to become Executive Producer of Regional Programmes and Acting Director of Broadcasting at ITV Granada. He has won a number of Royal Television Society Awards for presentation and production. He was a founding member of the Cultural Diversity Network North, of which he became chair and was a board member of North West Vision & Media. Since 2005 he has been a director of Manchester based independent film and television production company Centini .
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Emmanuel Jal has won worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his experiences as a child soldier in Sudan. His music can be heard alongside Coldplay, Gorillaz, and Radiohead on the fundraising ‘Warchild - Help a Day in the Life’ album, as well as in three ER episodes, the National Geographic documentary God Grew Tired of Us, and more recently in the feature film Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He also featured on John Lennons ‘Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur’ amongst the likes of U2, REM and Lenny Kravitz.
Emmanuel Jal was born in war-torn Sudan, and while he doesn’t know exactly when, he believes it was in the early 1980s. He was taken from his family home in 1987 when he was six or seven years old, and sent to fight with the rebel army in Sudan’s bloody civil war. For nearly five years, he was a “child warrior,” put into battle carrying an AK-47 that was taller than he was.
By the time he was 13, he was a veteran of two civil wars and had seen hundreds of his fellow child soldiers reduced to taking unspeakable measures as they struggled to survive on the killing fields of Southern Sudan. After a series of harrowing events, he was rescued by a British aid worker (Emma McCune) who smuggled him into Nairobi to raise him as her own.
To help ease the pain of what he had experienced, Emmanuel started singing. In 2005, he released his first album, Gua (”peace” in his native Nuer tongue), with the title track broadcast across Africa over the BBC and becoming a number one hit in Kenya. Gua also earned him a spot on Bob Geldof’s “Live 8? concert in the UK.
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