Biographies

James Bogle

James Bogle, Chairman

James Bogle is a barrister practising in the Inner Temple, London, where he is Deputy Head of Chambers. He also writes and broadcasts on historical and constitutional themes in the UK and the USA, as well as on legal and human rights issues. Baptised at St George’s Church, Penang, Malaya, he was educated in Australia and, at University, he converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism. Following University, he entered the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and was commissioned into the Queen’s Own Hussars. After the Army he read for the Bar and now practises in commercial, property, medical, private international law, and arbitration, and has appeared in high profile cases such as the Dianne Pretty euthanasia case. He has been a lecturer in medical law at St George’s Hospital Medical school and a tutor in advocacy at the Middle Temple. He was for many years Chairman of the Catholic Union and is now Vice-Chairman. He is also President of the International Una Voce Federation, Chairman of the UK Catholic Forum, a director of EWTN (UK), a lay trustee of Farnborough Abbey, and a Knight of Malta. He is married to well-known Catholic author, Joanna Bogle, and co-authored a biography of the recently beatified Habsburg, Blessed Charles I of Austria. He has a special interest in the issue of religious freedom in the modern world.

Robert Rigby

Robert Rigby, Trustee

Married and a life long Catholic.  Educated at Ampleforth College, he is a sales and marketing profession having worked for a PR and Advertising Agency in the 1980′s before moving onto Japan Airlines where he ran their European and later UK marketing.  He is currently business development and marketing manager for Emerald Global Ltd. In May 2010 he was elected a Westminster City councillor representing Regent’s Park Ward and is currently a Governor of two Catholic schools in London (Westminster & Hackney) as well as a member of the Society of St Augustine of Canterbury.   He is a past Trustee of The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy.  He is a keen runner competing regularly in 10k’s and has completed the London Marathon back in 1986.  As well as running and cricket, Robert has a keen interest in mid to late 20th Century film music, in particular the works of John Barry, as well as other music of this genre.