Chairman: John Booth DL

John Booth

John is an entrepreneur 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 chairs the Trustees of The National Gallery, is a Trustee of the Chatsworth Settlement Trust, the Arts Foundation and a number of other charities. John is a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, an ambassador for the homelessness charity Depaul International, Deputy Lieutenant for West Sussex and sits on the Honours Committee.

Ian Mukherjee

Ian Mukherjee

Ian joined The Prince’s Trust Council in December 2015 and is 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.

Alison Brittain CBE

Alison Brittain

Alison joined the Council in 2016. 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 businesses, 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 also held senior roles at Barclays Bank. 

Alison is a Non-Executive Director for Experian plc and British Airways plc. She has an MBA from Judge Business School, Cambridge, and a BA in Business Studies from the University of Stirling. Alison was named the 2017 Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year and awarded a CBE in the New Year 2019 Honours List.

Richard Oldfield OBE, DL

Richard Oldfield

Richard joined the Council in 2019, having been a supporter for more than a decade and a member of the One Million Lives Campaign. His career has been in investment management.  He founded Oldfield Partners LLP in 2004.  From 2007 to 2014 he was the first chairman of Oxford University Endowment Management Ltd and chairman of the Oxford University investment committee. He is chairman of Shepherd Neame Ltd and of Rochester Cathedral Trust, and trustee of a number of other charities. The second edition of his book about investment, Simple but not easy, was published by Harriman House in 2021.

Michelle Pinggera 

Michelle Pinggera

Michelle joined the Council in 2017.   Michelle retired as partner of 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 co-COO and Chief Administrative Officer for EMEA.  Michelle was a member of several Goldman Sachs committees including the European Management Committee and she chaired European Reputational Risk 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 countries including Russia and the Middle East. Michelle has lived and worked in Frankfurt, New York and Hong Kong.

Michelle now advises or is a board member of, a number of private companies.  In addition to her roles with The Prince's Trust and as Deputy Chair of Prince's Trust International, Michelle also serves as a trustee of the Mayor’s Fund for London.

Alistair Summers

Alistair Summer

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 also a Council Member of Prince’s Trust International and serves as a Trustee of the Royal Free Charity. He is passionate about helping young people and has sat on the Board of National Youth Theatre, St Paul’s School and was a founder Trustee of the Accelerate & Access Foundation, a charity that helps children from deprived backgrounds go to university.

 

Suzy Neubert

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Suzy Neubert joined the Council in March 2022. Suzy has had a senior executive career of 30 years in financial services & asset management. Until November 2020 she was Global head of distribution at J O Hambro Capital Management. Prior to that, managing director of Equity Markets at Merrill Lynch Securities in London.  She now concentrates on non-executive board work. She currently holds four non-executive directorships: at FTSE 250 Witan Investment Trust where she is SID, at FTSE 250 Jupiter Asset Management, at ISIO the pensions & investments advisory firm and LV= where she chairs the investment committee. Suzy is a qualified barrister.

Mark Dearnley

Trustee Mark Dearnley
Mark joined The Prince's Trust Council in September 2019. Mark joined Inchcape as Chief Digital Office in October 2020. Formerly, Mark was a Partner at the global management consulting firm, Bain & Company where he advised clients on technology strategy, digital transformation, and enterprise information technology. Prior to this role, Mark was CIO with Premium Credit and Chief Digital & Information Officer with HMRC. He has also held CIO positions in Vodafone UK and Cable & Wireless. He has considerable experience in cyber-security, customer-facing digital solutions as well as delivery complex technology change across international operations.

Tania Slowe

Tania Slowe
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.

Joan Armatrading CBE

In 1983 Joan Armatrading became an Ambassador and performer for The Prince's Trust.

Known as a true craftsman, Joan's distinctive vocals and consummate musicianship have enabled her to have a long and distinguished career.

In 2007 Joan became the first female British artist to debut at number 1 in the Billboard Blues chart and also the first ever female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category.

Joan was a Trustee of the Open University and remains a strong supporter.

Lynne Weedall

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Over 30 years Lynne has led and advised boards and their teams on large, complex transformations from numerous executive and main board non-executive roles in a wide variety of sectors and ownership models including FTSE 100, family-owned, IPO’s, Joint Ventures and founder-led.

Most notably Group HR and Strategy Director for Carphone Warehouse plc. She then went on to become Group HRD of the merged business, Dixons Carphone plc, as well as overseeing the merger integration. Most recently she was Group HRD for Selfridges Group. Prior to these roles Lynne held senior HR and line management roles in Whitbread plc, BUPA, and Tesco plc.

She was appointed to the board of Greene King plc in 2012 as Non-Executive Director and Remco Chair and remains an advisor to the new owners CK Assets post the sale in 2019.  Alongside this, she now has a portfolio of Non-Executive roles at Dr. Martens plc and SID. She is also a director of TruePoint.

Lynne is an active advocate for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Mobility including mentoring a broad cross-section of under-represented individuals to ensure they can fulfill their potential and is on the board of WiTHL; Diversity in Hospitality, Travel, and Leisure.

Pavita Cooper

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Pavita is recognised as a leading talent and diversity expert. She has over 25 years’ senior executive experience in multi-sector global businesses including Shell, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group. She is a regular speaker on women in business, increasing representation of ethnic minority leaders and the acceleration of diverse talent to the C-Suite and Boardroom.

Pavita is the Deputy Chair of the 30 Percent Club. She is a Commissioner to the Board of the Equality & Human Rights Commission; the lead NED to an agency of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; a Trustee of the Chartered Management Institute and a Trustee of the Old Vic. Pavita was awarded Woman of the Year at the Asian Business Awards in 2017 and more recently presented with the President’s Medal by the British Academy of Management.

Vice-President

Michael Marks CVO,CBE

Michael Marks
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.