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: Lloyd Dorfman CBE
Lloyd joined The Prince’s Trust Council in 2007, and took over as Chairman in August 2015. He also became Chairman of Prince’s Trust International in December 2015.
Lloyd is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the Founder and President of the Travelex Group, the world’s largest provider of retail foreign exchange services which he started in 1976 from one small shop in central London. In 2014, an agreement was reached to sell the business, following which he retains a 5% shareholding.
He has a variety of business interests. He is Chairman and majority shareholder of The Office Group, the leading flexible office company. In 2014, he co-founded and became Chairman of Doddle, a retail business which enables people to collect, return and send their online shopping. He is also a shareholder and Board Director of Ben Ainslie Racing’s America’s Cup Challenge.
In the charitable sector, as well as his roles with The Prince’s Trust/Prince’s Trust International, he is a Trustee of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Academy Trust and JW3, Deputy Chairman of the Community Security Trust and a Governor of St Paul’s School. He served on the Board of the National Theatre for over nine years and one of its theatres, the Cottesloe, was renamed the Dorfman Theatre in 2013.
In 2008, he was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to business and charity. In 2011, he was awarded The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford and an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn. He is married with three children, four grandchildren, and lives in London.
Michael Marks CVO, CBE
Michael joined the Prince’s Trust Council in early 2004 after retiring as Chairman of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. He is also Chair of the Investment Committee, a member of the Nomination & 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 1995. Michael is also a trustee of The Queen’s Trust.
William joined the Council in 2011 following the merger with Fairbridge, where he was Chairman. He is also a member of the Investment Committee.
William has spent most of his career with Graphite Capital, a UK private equity firm, where he was a senior partner. 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 became a trustee of The Prince’s Trust in 2012 and is a member of both the Audit Committee and Nomination & Remuneration Committee. She is a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread plc, where she is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees. 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 was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Jack Wills. Wendy spent most of her former 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. She holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
Sir Nigel Knowles
Sir Nigel Knowles was appointed the first Chairman of Prince’s Trust International in July 2014, joined The Prince's Trust Council in September 2014 and is also a trustee for The Prince’s Trust. Sir Nigel is Global Co-Chairman and Senior Partner of DLA Piper. Sir Nigel has been the driving force behind DLA Piper’s remarkable growth, taking the firm from its UK regional origins to the global business it is today. Sir Nigel was Global Co-CEO and Managing Partner for nearly twenty years. He is Chairman of Sheffield LEP, a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and is Visiting Professor of the University of Sheffield.
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.
Thierry Henry joined the Council in 2016. As one of the world’s greatest footballers, Thierry was a World Cup Winner, European Championship Winner, World Club Cup Winner, Champions League Winner, Spanish Sextuple Winner, English Double Winner, and the greatest goal scorer in the history of Arsenal Football Club and the French National Team. Thierry has played for France, Arsenal, FC Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls. Having retired as a Professional Footballer in 2014 he is now an expert football pundit and global ambassador for Sky TV. He was appointed by FIFA as their official Ambassador against racism, in recognition for launching his high-profile 'Stand Up Speak Up' campaign. Thierry founded 'The One 4 All Foundation', which aims to promote and support projects against racism, mainly targeting disadvantaged and discouraged children through sporting and educational projects.
Shabir Randeree CBE
Shabir joined the Council in July 2016 and is also a member of the Audit Committee. Shabir is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the Chairman of DCD Group. His background is in Finance, Commercial Real Estate, Venture Capital and Banking. He is the Deputy Chairman of Al Baraka Bank South Africa and the ex-Chairman of EIIB Bank plc. He has served on the Government's Asia Task Force and Ethnic Minority Business Task Force . In the charitable and voluntary sector, as well as his role as Chair of Mosaic which recently merged with The Prince's Trust, he is also Chair of Governors of Westminster Academy, a Champion of the Three Faiths Forum and ex co-chair and mentor for the YPO-LBS London Business School 'Growing Your Business' Programme. In 2013 Shabir was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to both business and education, as well as for his philanthropic support of charitable causes.
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, Alison was Executive Director for Retail Distribution and a Board Director at Santander UK. She previously worked at Barclays for 19 years in various roles including Director of Barclays and Woolwich Retail networks, and as Managing Director of Barclays Business Banking.
Alison is a Non-Executive Director for Marks and Spencer Group PLC. Alison has a MBA from Judge Business School, Cambridge, and a BA in Business Studies from the University of Stirling.
Blondel Cluff joined the Boards of The Prince’s Trust and Prince’s Trust International in August 2016.
She is a former City solicitor that now focuses her attention on heritage and philanthropy.
As Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, London Committee she is responsible for realising the potential of London’s tangible and intangible heritage spanning over two thousand years and embracing over 8.6 million people. Her work on the Royal Mint Advisory Committee merges her experiences as a designer and banking lawyer and is reflected in her membership of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
As CEO of the West India Committee, a Royal Charter Company and UK charity founded in London almost three hundred years ago, Blondel focuses upon the improvement of the general welfare of the peoples of the Caribbean and the societies in which they live and work, through the auspices of education, training, advocacy, and advice. She also currently represents her country of origin, Anguilla, a UK Overseas Territory in the UK and EU.