A conversation with Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, on community divisions and cohesiveness, for our 70th anniversary podcast series

Published Date: 
Thursday, 29 June 2017

Emma Nicholson, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, is a former MP and MEP and she has been a life peer since 1997. She has worked in the Middle East for many years, with a particular interest in countering cruelty and extremism.

She is the Chair of the AMAR Foundation, which helps to rebuild and improve the lives of disadvantaged communities in war-torn areas, and President of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), which builds business links with Iraw, by facilitating trade investment, human resources support, training and technology transfer.

In this 15-minute podcast, Baroness Nicholson speaks to Helen Taylor, our Press & Communications Officer, about regional disparities in community cohesion, the forces that make communities more divisive, and Britain since the Brexit referendum.

She calls for a greater focus on debating skills, the arts and religious teaching in schools, the importance of knowing how to argue effectively, and the importance of schools and local businesses working together. 

She also describes her involvement in bringing the IBBC to Cumberland Lodge, and the role of the private sector in helping to rebuild democracy in war-torn countries.

This recording was made in January 2017, as part of a series of podcasts to celebrate our 70th anniversary as an educational foundation.