Simon and Gilda Russell (Lord and Lady Russell of Liverpool) have been ardent supporters of The Place for many years. As a nephew of Robin Howard, Simon had the privilege of growing up with The Place as an ever-present and normal part of family life. He first visited the Place in 1969 and has been a fan and supporter ever since. He spent over 30 years as an international headhunter. A hereditary peer, he entered the Lords on the crossbenches in 1982, leaving after the 1999 House of Lords Act, returning in 2014 as one of the 90 elected hereditary peers. He is a Deputy Speaker and is the crossbench representative on the human rights organisation, the Council of Europe. He is an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts & Heritage and is a trustee of the Foundling Museum. He is a Governor of the UK’s oldest children’s charity, Coram and is a Patron of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust.