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: John Booth DL
John is a businessman and philanthropist who chairs a number of public and private companies including Maintel plc and the London Theatre Company. He is a non-executive director of two investment management businesses and has a range of venture capital interests in e-commerce, media and telecommunications.
He is a Trustee of the Tate Gallery, Chatsworth House, the Arts Foundation and a number of other charities and chairs the Trustees of Pallant House Gallery. John is a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford where he chairs the Development Board and is Deputy Lieutenant for West Sussex.
Sir Nigel Knowles
Sir Nigel is a solicitor and Chairman of global legal business DWF. Sir Nigel is former Global Co-Chairman and Senior Partner of DLA Piper, having previously served as Global Co-CEO and Managing Partner for nearly twenty years. He is credited with DLA Piper’s remarkable growth, leading the firm through a series of mergers and taking the firm from its regional origins to the global firm it is today.
Sir Nigel has immense experience of building and leading a worldwide regulated services business. Since retiring as a partner of DLA Piper, Sir Nigel has taken on a small and complementary portfolio of non-executive appointments including the chairmanship of Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Sir Nigel received a knighthood in 2009 in recognition of his services to the legal industry.
Ian joined The Prince’s Trust Council in December 2015 and is also a member of the Investment Committee. He is a long-standing supporter and Patron of The Trust, becoming a Committee Member of Invest in Futures in 2010, before taking over as Chairman in 2014.
Ian is founder and Chief Investment Officer of Amiya Capital, a Global Emerging Markets Fund, which in 2015 celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Ian has 26 years of investment management experience. He is a former Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, where he spent 15 years. Ian has been based in both London and Asia and left Goldman Sachs in 2004 to set up Amiya Capital.
Shabir Randeree CBE
Shabir joined the Council in July 2016 and chairs our Finance Committee. He is Executive Chairman of DCD Group with a background in finance, commercial real estate, venture capital and banking. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Al Baraka Bank South Africa, ex Chairman of EIIB Bank plc and ex Founder-Director at IBB (now Al Rayan Bank). As a London Business School Alumni, Shabir sits on the board of Sussex Place Ventures.
In the voluntary sector, Shabir is Chancellor of The University of East London (UEL), Chair of Mosaic, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, Chair of Governors of the Westminster Academy and Trustee of The Woolf Institute, Cambridge. He has served on the UK Government’s Asia Task Force, Ethnic Minority Business Task Force and the IFTF, launching the first British Government Sukuk in July 2014.
Alison Brittain CBE
Alison was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Whitbread PLC in December 2015.
Prior to joining Whitbread, Alison was Group Director of Lloyd’s Banking Group’s Retail Division; the UK’s largest retail banking business. She was responsible for the Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland retail branch networks, the Telephone Banking and Intermediary channels and Customer Products, in addition to the Retail Business Banking and UK Wealth businesses.
Prior to joining Lloyds Bank, Alison was Executive Director for Retail Distribution and Board Director at Santander UK PLC and previously held senior roles at Barclays Bank. From July 2015 to October 2016 Alison was a Member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.
Alison is a Non-Executive Director for Marks and Spencer Group PLC. She has a MBA from Judge Business School, Cambridge, and a BA in Business Studies from the University of Stirling. Alison was named the 2017 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year.
Richard Oldfield OBE, DL
Richard joined the Council in 2019, having been a supporter for more than a decade and a member of the One Million Lives Campaign. He is chairman of an investment management boutique, Oldfield Partners, and a director of Witan Investment Trust plc and Shepherd Neame Ltd. He is a former chairman of Keystone Investment Trust plc and of Demelza House Children’s Hospice and was the first chairman of Oxford University Endowment Management Ltd.
He is currently a trustee of several charities, including the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Amber Foundation, and Canterbury Cathedral Trust. He is Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kent. His book about investment, Simple but not easy, was published in 2007.
Michelle retired as partner at Goldman Sachs in December 2017, having spent 28 years working for Goldman Sachs around the world. She most recently led the Executive Office for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia and was the Chief Administrative Officer for EMEA. Michelle was a member of several Goldman Sachs committees including the European Management Committee. Previously she was the Chief Operating Officer for the Securities Division in EMEA and led the firm’s efforts to establish its presence in Russia and the Middle East.
Michelle has lived and worked in Frankfurt, New York and Hong Kong. In addition to her roles with The Princes Trust and Princes Trust International, Michelle also serves as a trustee of the Mayor’s Fund for London and as an Advisory Board member of Facing History and Ourselves.
Alistair is an entrepreneur who joined the Council in June 2018. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Partner in the family accountancy firm where he advises on US and UK tax. He has extensive experience in running businesses in areas as diverse as coffee roasting, turbine blade coating and technical cleaning.
Alistair is Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors of St Paul’s School, London and sat on the Board of National Youth Theatre, where he was Deputy Chair. He is a founder Trustee of the Accelerate & Access Foundation, a charity that helps children from deprived backgrounds consider going to university.
Ramneek joined The Prince's Trust Council in September 2019. Ramneek is a Human Resources leader with over 20 years experience across a wide range of industry sectors. Former Global People Director of Karen Millen, Ramneek has led major organisational change within companies such as the Dixons Carphone Group PLC, House of Fraser, Monsoon Accessorize and The Coca Cola Company.
Ramneek is passionate about inspiring and empowering the next generation of leaders and regularly mentors and coaches. She is also a Trustee for the Royal College of Psychiatry.
Kirstie Donnelly MBE
Kirstie joined The Prince's Trust Council in September 2019. Kirstie is a Managing Director at the City & Guilds Group, a role she operates in globally. She joined City & Guilds in 2011 and has worked at the forefront of skills and education development throughout her whole 30+ year career.
Kirstie has spearheaded the development of award-winning products and services in Education & Skills and is also a passionate advocate of the role of digital/online in transforming how people access learning.
Her commitment to education was recognised when she was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Honours for her innovation in the FE/Adult sector. Kirstie has helped to shape and influence National Education & Skills policy in the UK as well as internationally and is often asked to speak at international education events.
Mark joined The Prince's Trust Council in September 2019. Mark is a partner at Bain & Company with deep expertise in information technology and digital leadership. Mark previously served as the Chief Digital & Information Officer for HM Revenue & Customs. He has also held CIO and technology leadership positions at Premium Credit, Vodafone, Cable & Wireless and Boots.
Throughout his career, Mark has been heavily involved in apprenticeship schemes in the private and public sector. He also spent three years as a member of the CIO Board for the charity Tech Partnership.
Mark is a Chartered Engineer, and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology as well as the British Computer Society.
Tania joined The Prince's Trust Council in September 2019. Tania qualified as a solicitor and has since worked for 25 years for J Leon & Company Ltd, a family investment company where she now serves as Executive Chairman. During that period, she has had extensive experience in a diverse range of activities including commercial, residential and agricultural property investment, direct and indirect private equity as well as shareholder and governance matters.
Tania also chairs the J Leon & Company Ltd philanthropy group which has developed a structured programme of grant-making to mainly UK based charities, concentrating on improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of society. The J Leon & Company Ltd philanthropy group supports campaigning organisations and funds research as well as direct interventions. Until recently Tania sat on the board of Pallant House Gallery where she chaired the Finance and Investment Committee.
Michael Marks CVO,CBE
Michael retired as a trustee of the Trust, and stepped down from the Council, in July 2019 and was subsequently appointed Vice President. Michael joined The Prince's Trust Council in early 2004 after retiring as Chairman of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. He was also Chair of the Investment Committee, a member of the Nominations & Remuneration Committee and previously chaired the Invest in Futures Committee, raising over £13m for The Trust. Michael is the founding partner of MZ Capital and NewSmith Capital Partners LLP. 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 Chairman in 1995. Michael is also a trustee of The Queen's Trust.