Patrons, Ambassadors, Trustees
Meet The Board
WAYNE BULPITT CBE
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.
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 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 became a Trustee in February 2016. She enjoys volunteering in the heart of the organisation to ensure its programmes reach as many young people as possible. Emily is a passionate supporter of helping young people make social changes in their community and mentoring as a way of increasing their self-confidence.
Emily currently works as a Sustainable Finance Manager in HSBC, having previously held numerous positons in Cabinet Office and the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the UK Civil Service. Alongside her day job, she has mentored unemployed young people in London, volunteered with the UK Youth Parliament and volunteered for various charities, including Oxfam and the Fairtrade Foundation. She has a first degree in Social Policy with Government from London School of Economics and a Masters in EU International Relations and Diplomacy.
MICHAEL ABIODUN OLATOKUN
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 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.
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
Singer and model
Twist and Pulse
Founders of Streetomedy
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
Judge and coach on BBC1’s ‘Fame Academy’, ITV’s ‘Pop Idol’, ‘Comic Relief does Fame Academy’ and ‘Glee Club’
Datuk Prof. Jimmy Choo OBE
Fashion and shoe designer
Our mission is to inspire and recognise social action in young people.
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