The Prince's Trust Council
The Prince’s Trust Council is accountable
in law for the work of The Trust. It sets the strategy and
agrees The Trust’s business plan and budget and has authority to
take all decisions and to set all policy.
Chairman: Sir Charles Dunstone
Sir Charles joined The Council in 2000 and became Chairman of
Prince's Trust in June 2009. At age 25, he set up The Carphone
Warehouse with an investment of £6,000 and has since built it into
Europe's largest independent retailer of mobile communications.
He has been key to the development of many fundraising
activities and events including Fashion Rocks and The Prince's
Trust’s 30th Birthday concert at the Tower of London in 2006. Sir
Charles is also Chairman of The Prince's Trust Enterprise
Michael Marks CBE
Michael is founding partner of NewSmith Capital Partners LLP. He
joined the Council in early 2004 after retiring as Chairman of
Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Michael started his career with
Smith Bros in 1958 and was appointed a director there in 1975. He
became Chief Executive of Smith New Court in 1987 and Executive
Lloyd Dorfman CBE
Lloyd is the Founder and Chairman of the Travelex
Group, the world’s largest foreign exchange and business payments
In 2001 Lloyd Dorfman was the winner of the Consumer Business
Category in the UK “Entrepreneur of the Year” awards sponsored by
Ernst & Young, Citibank and The Times. In 2002 he received the
British American Chamber of Commerce’s UK Entrepreneurial Award,
and the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Free Enterprise Award. He is
a Non-Executive Director of M & C Saatchi plc, Deputy Chairman
of Quest Ltd, a Governor of St Paul’s School, London, Chairman of
The Roundhouse, a Director of the Royal National Theatre, and an
Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford.
William has spent most of his career with
Graphite Capital, a UK private equity firm, where he was a senior
partner. He worked part time for Fairbridge from 2005, joining
the board in 2006 and becoming Chairman in 2009.
William is Chairman of two companies in the
Graphite portfolio: U-POL, a manufacturer of automotive refinish
products, and TMP, a recruitment communications company. He has
established a charitable trust which focuses on the conservation of
highly threatened tropical rainforest habitats and on supporting
young people in the UK.
Wendy Becker is Chief Executive Officer of Jack
Wills. She is a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread plc, where she
is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees. Wendy spent
most of her previous career as a Partner at McKinsey & Company,
a management consultancy, as the Managing Director of TalkTalk and
as the Global Chief Marketing Officer at Vodafone. Wendy is also a
Trustee of Cancer Research UK, where she sits on the Audit
Committee, and is on the Board of English National Ballet. She
holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from
Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
Damon Buffini is a founding partner of Permira and was Chairman
and Managing Partner from 1997-2010. Under his leadership Permira’s
funds under management grew from €1.9 billion to over €20 billion
and the firm’s number of offices has risen from four to twelve.
Over the same period Permira helped to grow and build numerous
successful businesses across Europe including: Travelodge, global
aviation services group Jet Aviation, Inmarsat, and Homebase. Damon
currently represents Permira Funds on the board of Hugo Boss.
Damon is co founder of Social Business Trust, a Governor of the
Royal Shakespeare Company and a Governor of the Wellcome Trust.
Damon was educated at the Gateway Grammar School, St John’s
College, Cambridge, where he read Law and at Harvard Business
School, where gained an MBA.
Sir Nigel Knowles
Sir Nigel Knowles joined The Prince’s Trust Council in September
2014 and was appointed the first Chairman of Prince’s Trust
International in July 2014.
Sir Nigel is Global Co-Chief Executive Officer and Managing
Partner of DLA Piper. He has been Managing Partner since 1996 and
in that time has led DLA Piper's growth from a regional UK law firm
to what is now the world's largest global business law firm.
Globally, DLA Piper has a turnover in excess of £1bn with over
4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the
Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Sir Nigel was
appointed Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Blenheim Capital
Services Limited in 2010. He is a former Chairman of the Managing
Partners' Forum; Chairman of the Legal Sector Alliance which
emerged from the May Day Business Summit on Climate Change; a
member of Business in the Community's Environment Leadership team;
and a member of the steering committee of The Prince of Wales