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: John Booth
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.
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.
Sir Nigel Knowles
Sir Nigel is a solicitor and Chairman of global legal business DWF. Sir Nigel is former Global Co-Chairman and Senior Partner of DLA Piper, having previously served as Global Co-CEO and Managing Partner for nearly twenty years. He is credited with DLA Piper’s remarkable growth, leading the firm through a series of mergers and taking the firm from its regional origins to the global firm it is today.
Sir Nigel has immense experience of building and leading a worldwide regulated services business. Since retiring as a partner of DLA Piper, Sir Nigel has taken on a small and complementary portfolio of non-executive appointments including the chairmanship of Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Sir Nigel received a knighthood in 2009 in recognition of his services to the legal industry.
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 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 is also the assistant coach to the Belgium National Football team. 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 Chairs our Audit Committee. He is Executive Chairman of DCD Group with a background in Finance, Commercial Real Estate, Venture Capital and Banking. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Al Baraka Bank South Africa, ex Chairman of EIIB Bank plc and ex Founder-Director at IBB (now Al Rayan Bank). As a London Business School Alumni, Shabir sits on the board of Sussex Place Ventures.
In the voluntary sector, Shabir is Chancellor of The University of East London (UEL), Chair of Mosaic, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, Chair of Governors of the Westminster Academy and Trustee of The Woolf Institute, Cambridge. He has served on the UK Government’s Asia Task Force, Ethnic Minority Business Task Force and the IFTF, launching the first British Government Sukuk in July 2014.
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.
Blondel Cluff CBE
Blondel is Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, London Committee where she is responsible for supporting London’s heritage on behalf of the largest funder in the sector. Whilst head of legal at Lazard Brothers & Co., Ltd, Blondel was seconded to the London Stock Exchange where she devised the global industry standard documentation and regulation for Stock Exchange Money Broking.
She has also served as a Governor on the board of the Museum of London and on the Council of the King’s College, London, where Blondel is a Fellow, together with its investment committee. She is currently on the Royal Mint Advisory Committee and a member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and former jewelry designer.
As CEO of the West India Committee, a Royal Charter Company and UK charity founded in London in 1735 that is a UNESCO consulting NGO, Blondel focuses upon the improvement of the general welfare of the peoples of the Caribbean and the societies in which they live and work, also providing education, training and career development to unemployed youth in the UK. She is the senior diplomat of Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory, with a portfolio that includes the negotiation of Brexit on behalf of the island.
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 Princes Trust and Princes 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 Universities.