Patrons, Ambassadors, Trustees

Meet The Board

WAYNE BULPITT CBE

CHAIR 

Wayne Bulpitt founded the Active Group Limited in 2002 and has over 35 years’ experience in creating, managing and developing investment products and regulatory services from a commercial perspective.

At the same time as successfully building Active Group and associated businesses, Wayne has been a passionate supporter of philanthropy and volunteering, especially in the support and development of young people.  He was at the centre of the strategic leadership of the Scout Movement in the UK from 2001, overseeing its significant transformation and growth and was made a Vice-President in September 2016.

A highly regarded inspirational leader and philanthropist, Wayne’s significant contributions were recognised in the 2017 Birthday Honours when he was made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his voluntary services to young people.

PETER AVIS

TRUSTEE

After working in the US for over 4 years Peter returned to the UK and was appointed Restaurant Manager for the Babylon Restaurant at The Roof Gardens in London, part of Virgin’s Limited Edition portfolio of stunning properties. In 2009 he won the “Restaurant Manager of the Year Award”.

Peter has led on a number of charitable causes centred on fundraising to help young people with AIDS and HIV access medication. In 2002 he founded an event at the Roof Gardens in partnership with the Elton John foundation and his team raised close to £1M. Last year Peter ran the London Marathon and won the Virgin Stars of the year Award for his service to the community.

KATE HARDCASTLE

TRUSTEE 

Kate Hardcastle has been an Ambassador for The Diana Award since 2013, helping to build awareness and sponsorship opportunities. Kate is a successful businesswoman with award winning success in delivering commercial ventures and partnerships. Kate has also forged a highly successfully media career and is the go-to business expert for BBC TV & Radio, ITV and Sky News.

Alongside her business career, Kate has established numerous charitable causes including the award winning Dreamgirls and Positive Image, aimed at inspiring confidence in young people. Kate is a champion for women in business, sports and media, winning numerous awards including Marketing Society’s Marketer of the Year, Tesco’s Enterprising Mum of the Year, and Entrepreneur of the Year at the Creme de la Creme Awards.

EMILY MURRELL

TRUSTEE 

Emily Murrell has been inspired by the work of The Diana Award and is delighted to now be at the heart of making sure the charity continues to grow and reach as many young people as possible.

Emily currently works as a Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office. She has mentored unemployed young people in the Westminster area and has volunteered with the UK Youth Parliament and various NGOs, including Oxfam and the Fairtrade Foundation. She has a first degree in Social Policy and Government from London School of Economics and a Masters in EU International Relations and Diplomacy.

MICHAEL ABIODUN OLATOKUN

TRUSTEE 

Michael received The Diana Champion Volunteer Award in 2011 for contributing to the work of the Children’s Commissioner, he helped run Birmingham Takeover Day in 2010 and conducted research for a major report into protection of young people.

Michael finished a year-long role as the sabbatical Community Officer of the University of Nottingham Students’ Union last year, where he worked with the local council to create highly lauded housing and employability schemes. He now works as a Campaigns Manager at Bite The Ballot CIC. He’s also a regular contributor for an online current affairs magazine called “The Orator.”

MARTIN PILGRIM

TRUSTEE

Martin began his working life as a local government accountant but for most of his 39-year career worked for bodies representing local government on a wide range of policy issues. His last job before retirement in 2007 was CEO of London Councils, the body which brings together London’s local authorities. Martin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and has a Master’s degree in management from the University of Kent.

Since his retirement, Martin has had a number of different roles in the not-for-profit sector and has held positions as Chair, Director or Trustee at the following organisations: Film London, The Prince’s Trust, the London Regional Council, the England Council, The Trust, the National Advisory Board, the Daycare Trust, London Sustainability Exchange, the Family Rights Group, the Young Women’s Trust (previously known as the YWCA) and Swanswell. In many of these roles Martin has been or is the lead Trustee on finance.

 

Patrons

Rt Hon David Cameron MP

Former Prime Minister and MP for Witney

Dame Julia Samuel

Patron of the Child Bereavement Charity and friend of Diana Princess of Wales

Lord Jack McConnell of Glenscorrodale

Scotland’s former First Minister (2001-2007)

Esther Rantzen CBE

Broadcaster and founder of ChildLine

Ambassadors

Sinitta

Singer and model

Twist and Pulse

Founders of Streetomedy

Asafa Powell

Jamaican Sprinter

Paul and Rob Forkan

Founders of Gandy’s Flip Flops

Maggie Turner OBE

Former Chief Executive of the Diana Award and Head of CHIPS programme at ChildLine

Sandara Kelso-Robb MBE

CEO, Giving Northern Ireland

Carrie Grant

Judge and coach on BBC1’s ‘Fame Academy’, ITV’s ‘Pop Idol’, ‘Comic Relief does Fame Academy’ and ‘Glee Club’

Our mission is to inspire and recognise social action in young people.

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