Sir Kenneth Bloomfield was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical
Institution (of which he is a governor) and St Peter's College,
Oxford, where he read Modern History. He was appointed Head of
the Northern Ireland Civil Service on 1 December 1984. In that
capacity he was the most senior advisor to successive Secretaries
of State for Northern Ireland and other Ministers on a wide range
of issues. He retired from his position in April 1991. Sir Kenneth
received a Knighthood in the 1987 Birthday Honours List. In December
1997 he was asked by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
to head the Northern Ireland Victims Commission. His report entitled
We Will Remember Them was published in April 1998.
Mary Burton was born Marie Macdiarmid Ingouville in Buenos Aires,
Argentina. She moved to South Africa in 1961 when she married
a South African, and became a South African citizen in 1994. She
has been active in human rights organisations since 1965, including
the women's anti-apartheid organisation, the Black Sash. Mary
Burton served as national president of the Black Sash from 1986
to 1990 and is now a trustee. She was Provincial Electoral Officer
for the Western Cape Province in the 1994 general elections in
South Africa. In 1995 she was appointed to the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission and served on its Human Rights Violations Committee.
Mario Roberto Cabrera holds a Masters of Public Health and is
also a physician. Presently he is the Psychological Restoration
Area Co-ordinator for the Human Rights Office of the Archbishop
of Guatemala working on The Recovery of the Historic Memory Project
(REMHI) in Guatemala. Roberto Cabrera works on designing, planning
and implementing the psychosocial component of the project.
Marie Smyth currently co-ordinates the Cost of the Troubles Study,
an investigation on the experiences and effects of Northern Ireland's
Troubles on the population of Northern Ireland. She also teaches
at Smith College in Massachusetts. She has taught for ten years
at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and has researched
and written on issues such as segregation, mixed marriage, women's
roles, life in enclaves in Northern Ireland, and the social, economic
and political effects of violence and low intensity conflict.
She has written widely on the psychological and physical cost
of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Brandon Hamber is a Clinical Psychologist and works at the Centre
for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg,
South Africa. He co-ordinates the Transition and Reconciliation
Unit at the Centre and has co-ordinated the Centre's work focusing
on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission over the last three
years. He is a visiting fellow (1997/1998) at the Initiative on
Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity (INCORE) in Northern Ireland,
where he holds the Tip O'Neill Fellowship. His work at INCORE
focuses on countries coming out of violence and strategies for
dealing with the past.