Dame Kate Bingham served as the Chair of the UK Vaccine Taskforce, steering a team of experts to deliver the world’s fastest Covid-19 vaccination programme. She is a Managing Partner at SV Health Investors, where she co-leads SV’s biotech franchise. SV’s investments have resulted in the launch of twenty drugs for inflammatory and autoimmune disease, blindness and cancer. Kate is a board member of the Francis Crick Institute and helped launch the Dementia Discovery Fund – the largest fund ever to develop treatments for the disease.
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador in 1990. His father fled the country when he was one, and his mother when he was about to turn five. Both parents’ migrations were caused by the U.S.-funded Salvadoran Civil War. When he was nine, Javier migrated through Guatemala, Mexico, and the Sonoran Desert. His debut poetry collection, Unaccompanied, explores the impact of the war and immigration on his family. Zamora has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard and holds fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.
Carlene Bauer is the author of the memoir Not That Kind of Girl and the novel Frances and Bernard. Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Virginia Quarterly Review, n+1, The New York Times Book Review, and Elle. She lives in Brooklyn.
Sam McAlister was the first in her family to go to university, before training to be a criminal barrister. As a single mum, she decided her real passion was in news. Now BAFTA-nominated for her work with BBC Newsnight, McAlister’s hard-won exclusives have shaped the public conversation.
Frank Paul is a fine artist and a superstar in the world of quizzes. He is the author of The Cryptic Pub Quiz. An Only Connect champion, he was proposed to by Victoria Coren Mitchell on TV. He lives in Cambridge where he runs the notoriously difficult Mill pub quiz.