Terry Waite CBE
Terry Waite’s association with Gibraltar goes back many years. He first visited with his friend, the late Edward Borman, owner of the Kentish Press, who kept his 42 foot yacht ‘The Messenger’ in harbour there. He recollects the time when they encountered the QM11 sailing towards them. As Terry knew the Captain he got on the radio and reminded him that steam gives way to sail. The Captain’s reply is unprintable!
Terry Waite has a long history of working with hostages having negotiated with General Amin, Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Col. Ghadaffi and hostage takers in Beirut. Finally he was captured and spent almost five years in solitary confinement. He continues his work with hostages through Hostage UK which he helped found some years ago. He has written of his experiences in the best-selling book ‘Taken on Trust’. His latest book due out in April 2015 is a comic novel about sailing entitled ‘The Golden Handshake’.
Some of his responsibilities include:
Founder President of Y Care International, the international relief and development agency of the YMCA in the UK and Ireland. Y Care International works in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to empower disadvantaged young people to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty. Much work is done to assist street children. In India there are several Terry Waite Vocational Training Centres.
Trustee, since 1986 until 2010, then Patron, of the Butler Trust (work within UK prisons) The Terry Waite award is given annually to those who work effectively with long-term prisoners.
President of Emmaus UK, an international charity working with homeless people since August 1998.
Founder Chairman of Hostage UK (since 2005), a charity providing support for hostage families and encouraging research into post release care and related issues.
Chairman of Prisons Video Trust (since 1998) a charity that makes videos for distribution throughout the Prison Service for both prison staff and inmates covering issues such as drug prevention, suicide awareness, self-harm and information of interest to those working and residing in HM Prisons.