Mary Robinson served as the seventh, and first woman, President of Ireland from 1990-1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. Robinson has been Honorary President of Oxfam International since 2002, and has chaired numerous bodies including the GAVI Alliance, vaccinating children worldwide, the Council of Women World Leaders (of which she was a co-founder), the International Institute for Environment and Development, and the Institute for Human Rights and Business. A former President of the International Commission of Jurists, Robinson serves on the board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which supports good governance in Africa, and is a member of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela. A member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Indira Ghandi and Sydney Peace Prizes, and has been Chancellor of Dublin University since 1998. She is married to Nick Robinson with three children and four grandchildren. Now President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, she lives in Dublin and Mayo.Tessa Robinson is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the King's Inns. She practised as a barrister for ten years before becoming a freelance writer and copy editor. She is Mary's daughter and lives in Dublin with her husband and two children.
Jason Robinson began playing full-time rugby at the age of 16 with Wigan Warriors, the most successful club in Rugby League at the time. He made the transition to Rugby Union with Sale Sharks in 2000 and was fast-tracked to the England squad. His speed, unpredictability and charisma has ensured that he is widely acknowledged as one of the most exciting players in the world. He announced his intention to retire from the sport at the end of the 2007 season, but if selected will play in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Bobby Robson was born in 1933 in the heart of the mining community in Sacrison, County Durham. Soon afterwards, his family moved to Langley Park, where Bobby's footballing career started, and where he became an apprentice electrician in the mines at the age of fifteen. In 1950, he joined Fulham, followed by West Bromwich Albion in 1956. He won twenty caps for England before embarking on a management career with Ipswich Town, which lasted for thirteen years. He left the club in 1982 to take up the position of England manager, and then coached in Holland, Portugal and Spain before taking over at Newcastle from 1999 until 2004.Bobby Robson was born in 1933 in the heart of the mining community in Sacrison, County Durham. Soon afterwards, his family moved to Langley Park, where Bobby's footballing career started, and where he became an apprentice electrician in the mines at the age of fifteen. In 1950, he joined Fulham, followed by West Bromwich Albion in 1956. He won twenty caps for England before embarking on a management career with Ipswich Town, which lasted for thirteen years. He left the club in 1982 to take up the position of England manager, and then coached in Holland, Portugal and Spain before taking over at Newcastle from 1999 until 2004.
Bryan Robson is widely remembered as a fearless and inspirational player for club and country. Robbo began his playing career at West Bromwich Albion and moved to Manchester United in 1981. The following year he became captain of United and England. In total he played in three World Cups and won 90 caps for England, 65 of them as captain.
David Robson has worked as an editor at New Scientist and BBC Future, where he specializes in topics related to neuroscience and psychology. His writing has also appeared in Nature, the Observer and the Washington Post. He lives in London.
Hannah Rochell is Fashion Features Editor at fashion magazine InStyle and has over eight years' experience as a fashion journalist. She is the creator of EnBrogue.com, a blog devoted to stylish flat shoes. EnBrogue.com has been featured on BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live programme and Woman's Hour, in InStyle, Red, the Guardian, The Times, The Saturday Times Magazine, the Evening Standard, The Lady, Woman and Home and Look.co.uk and was named one of marieclaire.co.uk's 'best ever fashion blogs'. It counts Caitlin Moran, Lauren Laverne and India Knight amongst its fans. Hannah's first book - En Brogue: Love Fashion. Love Shoes. Hate Heels. - will also be published in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China.www.enbrogue.comFollow Hannah on Twitter: @enbrogue
Rachel comes from just north of London but has lived in Testaccio, a distinctive working-class quarter of Rome, for over ten years. She shares a small flat near the food market with her partner Vincenzo and son Luca. She cooks and writes, and has a weekly column in Guardian Cook. Rachel's first book Five Quarters won the André Simon Food Book award in 2015, as well as the Guild of Food Writers' First Book award.racheleats.wordpress.com Follow Rachel on Twitter @racheleats Follow Rachel on Instagram @rachelaliceroddy
Georgina Rodgers is a journalist, editor and writer with over 15 years' experience working on magazines, newspapers, online and in busy television newsrooms. She has authored nine non-fiction titles and five Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, both under her own name and as a co-writer.She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband, pre-schooler and new baby. She is starting to practise what she preaches and alongside propping the baby on her lap while madly typing with one finger and a zillion other work and home tasks, she tries to take the odd two minutes out - her three-year-old's Frozen colouring pens have come in particularly useful of late.
Kerstin Rodgers aka MsMarmitelover launched the underground restaurant movement in the UK with her eponymous supper club The Underground Restaurant. She is part of a new generation of writers and chefs who use social media to promote food via blogging, facebook and twitter; she has appeared on TV numerous times and is regularly interviewed in broadsheets, tabloids and magazines.
Deborah Rodriguez from Holland, Michigan, has been working as a hairdresser since 1979. In 2002, Rodriguez helped found the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty school and training salon in Afghanistan.
Helena Rogers is a freelance writer based in Dorset.
Richard Rohr is a globally recognised Catholic and Christian teacher focusing on mystical and transformational traditions and is the founder and director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the Rohr Institute. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Yes, And...: Daily Meditations; Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self; Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life; and Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps.
Ronald Rolheiser OMI is a specialist in the field of sprituality and systematic theology. He is currently teaching theology at St Thomas More College in the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and has a regular column in The Catholic Herald. He is author of SEEKING SPIRITUALITY, THE RESTLESS HEART, THE SHATTERED LANTERN and AGAINST AN INFINITE HORIZON, also FORGOTTEN AMONG THE LILIES now out of print.
Peter Rollins has been praised as possessing one of the most provocative and thoughtful theological voices of our day. An author, lecturer and storyteller, he is renowned for his dynamic and winsome speaking. He is also the founder of ikon, a faith group that has gained an international reputation for blending live music, visual imagery, soundscapes, theatre, ritual and reflection to create what they call 'transformance art'. Rollins received his higher education in Queen's University, Belfast, where he earned degrees (with distinction) in Scholastic Philosophy (BA Hons), Political Theory (MA), and Post-Structural Religious Philosophy (PhD). He is currently a research associate with the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College, Dublin, and is the author of the much talked about How (Not) to Speak of God, The Fidelity of Betrayal, The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales, Insurrection and most recently The Idolatry of God. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and currently lives in New York.
Stephen Romano is an acclaimed self-made multi-media artist, whose unique jack-of-all-trades approach to the genres of horror, crime fiction, sci-fi and exploitation has produced award-winning work. He is an accomplished illustrator, designer, screenwriter, print author, musician, studio producer and a fine artist. Among his many projects he adapted Joe R. Lansdale's Incident On and Off a Mountain Road for Showtime's Emmy Award-winning Masters of Horror cable series, and is the author of illustrated novel Shock Festival. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Dugan Romano has been a cross-cultural trainer and counselor for fifteen years.
Frank Ronan was born in 1963 in Ireland. His first novel, THE MEN WHO LOVED EVELYN COTTON, won the 1989 Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize. Since then he has published several novels, as well as a collection of short stories. He has also had work published in Best Short Stories, The Best of Cosmo Fiction and the Daily Telegraph, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Padraig Rooney was born in Ireland and studied at Maynooth College and at the Sorbonne. When he was sixteen he first came to Switzerland, saw the Rolling Stones in Berne, and never looked back. He has lived in Switzerland for fifteen years, and teaches English at International School Basel. He worked as a freelance travel writer for many years, for the Irish Times, Irish Press, Sunday Tribune, Bangkok Post, and many Asian magazines.www.padraigrooney.com
Kevin Roose is a business and technology writer for New York magazine and NYMag.com. Previously, he was a staff reporter for the New York Times, where he covered Wall Street for the business section and for DealBook, the Times' award-winning financial news site. He is the author of The Unlikely Disciple, and his writing has appeared in GQ, Esquire, ESPN: The Magazine, and other major publications.
Joe Root is a product of Sheffield Collegiate, the same nursery that produced Michael Vaughan, while his patience and stubbornness at the crease had Geoffrey Boycott gushing that he reminded him of himself.The 2011 season proved to be a breakthrough season for Root as he made 1,013 runs at 36.17. His form earned him a call up to the England senior squad for their tour of India. He did not disappoint, marking his Test debut in Nagpur with 73 runs from 229 balls.Joe has become an increasingly prominent member of the England squad in all three formats of the game and in 2013 he continued his rapid international progress with a superb 71 as England defeated New Zealand by 140 runs in the first Test at Lord's. In the second Test, Joe hit a marvellous 104 to become the first Yorkshireman to score his maiden Test century at Headingley. He was subsequently named as player of the series as the home side clinched a 246-run second Test victory to win the series 2-0.Joe was promoted to opening batsman and played a prominent role as England secured their third successive Ashes victory in 2013. The highlight of his series came in the second Test, when he was named man of the match after scoring a sensational 180 at Lord's, becoming the youngest ever Englishman to do so at the home of cricket.After returning from injury he quickly scored two more Test centuries, one at Lord's against Sri Lanka where he finished with a career-best 200*.Joe scored an unbeaten 154 against India at Trent Bridge that helped England recover from 298-9 to post 496 as he and James Anderson shared a world record 10th wicket stand of 198 before scoring 149 not out in the fifth Test as his team secured a 3-1 series victory.There was yet another ton in the second Test against West Indies in April 2015, with an unbeaten 182 from 229 balls as England secured a nine-wicket win.The following month, Joe was named England Men's Player of the Year and celebrated with scores of 98 and 84 in England's first Test victory over New Zealand.Joe's performances in The 2015 Ashes Series led to him reaching the top of the ICC World batting rankings.