Patrons, Ambassadors, Trustees
Meet The Board
John retired from Barclays Bank as Managing Director of the Structured Finance Business in March 2010 having completed 35 years service. He has worked in the UK and overseas and has many years experience of advising clients on raising finance and strategy.
He is married to Sarah and has two children, Emily (17) and Joe (14).His interests are sport, watching rather than participating, theatre, concerts and wining and dining. He would also point out that he is currently an unpaid taxi driver for the family.
Wayne Bulpitt founded the Active Group Limited in 2002 and has over 25 years of experience of creating, managing and developing offshore investment products and services from a commercial perspective.
Wayne is a passionate supporter of social entrepreneurship, especially supporting and developing young people. In 2009 he became The Scout Association’s first UK Chief Commissioner with responsibility for leading the UK movements 550,000 members.
Wayne is very active is his own community of Guernsey where he has donated and renovated two historic properties and transformed them into successful youth centres. Wayne is also a founding member of the Guernsey Community Foundation, whose aim is to promote effective philanthropy.
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.
Alex works at the intersection of research, policy and journalism, attempting to improve the lives of young people through knowledge, training and expression as a consultant at youthpolicy.org.
He is currently completing his MSc in Organizational Behaviour at Birkbeck College, Uni. Of London, with a research project explore the career expectations, and narratives of the millennial generation in today’s workforce.
Alex has also worked for the National Youth Agency, the British Youth Council, and the UK Youth Climate Coalition and freelances extensively with organisations in the youth development sector.
Originally trained as an actor, Alex uses his skills in front of the camera to present documentaries and short summaries of international events, as well as using role-play theatre as part of organisational training and tackling youth issues in UK schools.
Born in Glasgow and educated in Scotland and London, Fiona has over twenty-five years’ experience in public relations, communications and business development. Since 1997, she has helped youth charities raise millions of pounds and develop successful relationships with philanthropists and corporate foundations.
Fiona is based in London, with a family home in Scotland. She is married to Mike and together they have three grown up children and a much loved cockerpoo puppy called Pebbles!
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 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.
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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
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
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
Executive Director, Lloyds TSB Foundation, Northern Ireland
Judge and coach on BBC1’s ‘Fame Academy’, ITV’s ‘Pop Idol’, ‘Comic Relief does Fame Academy’ and ‘Glee Club’