Terry Waite
Humanitarian Worker & Author
Agent(s): Mark Lucas
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Sir Terry Waite was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs under Robert Runcie, and devoted himself to the task of securing the release of John McCarthy and his fellow Lebanon hostages.  In January 1987 he was kidnapped himself in Beirut, and held for five years, four of which in solitary confinement.  Following his release, he was elected a Fellow Commoner at Trinity Hall in Cambridge, where he wrote his international bestselling memoir Taken on Trust.

Terry is the co-founder and president of Y Care International, a global leading charity in Youth enterprise and employment. He’s also president of Emmaus UK, which runs homeless shelters. In 2023 Terry was awarded a knighthood, in recognition of his life’s incredible achievements.