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.
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.
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 Prince's Trust and Prince's 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.
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.
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.
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.