From its foundation in 1987 until 2000, our Visiting Professorship was generously sponsored by Mr Sidney Londish. Subsequently Mr Peter Burrows, a governor and a member of the Council of the Institute, agreed to become sole sponsor and funded the 2001-2004 Visiting Professors.Between 2005 and 2011, the program was sponsored by a group of Governors of the Institute including Mr Peter Burrows, Professor John Chalmers, Mr Michael Diamond, Mr Timothy Harding, Mrs Pauline Harding, Dr Robert Harper, Dr Monica Jackson and the late Professor J.A. Young. In addition, money has also been committed to the Visiting Professorship by the Thyne Reid Foundation. We thank our sponsors for their generosity, commitment and support.