Lord Joel Joffe
Lord Joel Joffe, who sadly died on 18 June 2017, was a valued trustee and great friend to the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, and to Swindon itself. A human rights lawyer (who defended Nelson Mandela), co-founder of Allied Dunbar Assurance, he had been a trustee or chair of many charities, including Oxfam, Action for Development and Disability, International Alert, Management Accounting for NGOs (MANGO), The Allied Dunbar Charitable Trust and Swindon Council for Voluntary Services (SCVS) and The Joffe Charitable Trust.
He was raised to the Peerage in 2000 and introduced the Patient Assisted Dying Bill in the House of Lords in 2003 and then the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill in 2004 and subsequent Bills. In 2016 he was given the Freedom of the City of London. Lord Joffe held five honorary Doctorates. He retired from the House of Lords in March 2015.
The wisdom and enthusiasm he brought to the Trust has been invaluable, and we all remember him for his unique combination of razor sharp intellect and boundless generosity of spirit, and are all the richer for having known him.