The Prince’s Trust has appointed Senior Retail Executive Andrew Jennings as Chair of its Corporate Advisory Group. 

Central to the ability of The Prince’s Trust to make a meaningful difference is its leadership community, the Corporate Advisory Group is made up of a board of business leaders who volunteer their time to help The Trust with decision making around its corporate partnerships and fundraising activity.

The group is responsible for advising the charity on the corporate world, helping it to build awareness of its cause as well as the benefits to employers of being able to access untapped talent.

Chairing this critical leadership group, Andrew brings more than 45 years of experience in leading some of the world’s most respected retail brands including Harrods and House of Fraser in the UK, Holt Renfrew in Canada, Saks Fifth Avenue in the US and Karstadt in Germany.

Andrew has been an active supporter of The Prince’s Trust since 2014 and Chair of the charity’s Retail Leadership Group since 2017. During this time, he has been instrumental in dramatically increasing income, supporting The Trust to strengthen its relationships with business, and enabling even more young people to move into work, training, education or self-employment.

Andrew takes over from the current chair, Sir James Wates, from 1 June 2021.

Young people need The Prince’s Trust more than ever, with rising unemployment and a shrinking job market hitting their generation hard.

"It’s vital for their futures and for the recovery of our economy that they can access the support they need to move into work and realise their potential.

"I firmly believe that businesses across the UK have a significant role to play in mobilising our society behind young people, and I look forward in my additional new role as Chair of The Trust’s Corporate Advisory Board to seeing how we can create even more opportunities to achieve this."

Frances Milner, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at The Prince’s Trust, says: "The breadth of experience Andrew can bring to this role will be invaluable in helping us to support more young people during what is such a challenging time for their generation.

We are incredibly grateful to Andrew for his energy and positive contribution in successfully chairing our Retail Leadership Group and his knowledge of and passion for our cause makes him the ideal candidate to help us take our corporate partnerships strategy and income growth to a new level.

The Prince’s Trust works with a wide range of businesses across many sectors - including HSBC, Tesco, Apple, Barclays, Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx and HomeSense and L’Oréal Paris to name a few.