Prince’s Trust mentor, John Newman, from Norwich, has been given an MVO award in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to charity. John has volunteered for The Prince's Trust for over 27 years.

John first became involved with us in 1989 while working for a large agricultural company. His first clients as a business advisor were a young couple who applied to The Prince’s Trust for support to help them set up a farm. Over the years John has mainly been involved with the Enterprise programme, providing young entrepreneurs with the support and guidance they need to make their business a success. He has also helped on other courses, sat on business launch groups and awards panels and provided back-up support to The Trust when required.

John says:

It’s a brave thing for a young person to try set up their own business in today’s world and the stand out moments are witnessing a young person I’ve supported move forward in their career, and become successful. Often they are lacking in confidence and it important to build trust to help them take that first step.

Previously, John was named Mentor of the Year and in 2001, he was awarded The Trust’s Outstanding Commitment award.

Matt McBryde, Head of Volunteering in Central England said, “Over many years, John’s support has helped so many young people from difficult backgrounds to move forward in their careers, improve their quality of life and gain confidence. We are extremely grateful for his support.”

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