Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE

Chief Executive 

Martina Milburn

Dame Martina joined The Prince’s Trust in May 2004, having been Chief Executive of the BBC Children in Need Appeal since 2000. She is also a Director of Prince’s Trust Trading Limited and a trustee of sister charity Prince’s Trust International.

Martina trained and began her career as a journalist, established the Press and Communications function for the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and worked on a freelance basis for a range of national media. She then held the post of Chief Executive of the Association of Spinal Injury Research, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (ASPIRE).

Dame Martina has been a trustee of several charities and currently sits on the boards of the National Citizen Service and Big Bang Education CIC. She also Co-Chairs the Youth Action Group with a Minister from the Department for Education. The group includes voluntary sector organisations and nine government departments. She is a trustee of the Prince of Wales Foundation in the USA and sits on several other bodies which support the work of HRH The Prince of Wales. Dame Martina received a CBE for services to charity in 2013. In 2017 New Year Honours list she received the honour of Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (DCVO).   

David Ivell

Chief Information Officer

David joined The Trust as Chief Information Officer in March 2016. David is tasked with exploiting the use of technology and innovation to transform the engagement, relationship and journey of the young people The Trust supports and the efficiency of the organisation.

Prior to joining The Trust, David held senior Information Technology positions as Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Business Transformation Director with organisations which include: IBM, Credit Suisse, The British Film Institute and most recently at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

Martyn Dicker

Director of Human Resources

Martyn leads the human resources function for The Trust. He joined in April 2016 from the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, an independent philanthropic organisation seeking to transform the lives of poor & vulnerable children in developing countries, where he held the post of HR Director.

Prior to CIFF, Martyn was Director of HR & Organisational Development at Fairtrade Foundation, with responsibility for devising and implementing the organisation’s first People Strategy.  He played a key role in global organisational design, including a role on Fairtrade International’s Nomination Committee (overseeing Board appointments and performance).

Martyn previously held senior HR roles at British Red Cross; leading the largest HR remit and devising the International HR Strategy. Preceding his experience in the not-for-profit sector, Martyn spent several years specialising in recruitment & selection in the private sector. Martyn is a member of the Engage for Success Taskforce and the Chair of the not-for-profit thought and action group. He is a business graduate and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development)

Paul Brown

Director of Marketing and Communications

Paul Brown

The strength of The Prince's Trust brand makes us a positive choice for our young clients, supporters and partners alike. Paul leads The Trust's marketing and communications team who are dedicated to the task of spreading our message to the widest possible audience while building long term value in the brand.

Paul joined The Trust in 2002, became head of marketing in 2005 and joined the senior management team in 2007. Previously, Paul managed marketing campaigns for a range of sports, arts and leisure venues. From 1996 to 2002 he was head of marketing at Arts & Business - a charity which, like The Trust, has HRH The Prince of Wales as its President.


Tara Leathers

Director of Fundraising

Tara Leathers

As the Director of Fundraising, Tara oversees private and public sector partnerships. Tara has returned to The Trust after two years in Mumbai working as India Development Director for Human Rights Watch, and was previously Deputy Director of Fundraising.

She started working with The Trust in 2005, first as a volunteer and then in the Corporate Partnerships team.

Prior to her work for non-profit organisations Tara worked in publishing for 10 years, initially at Euromoney Institutional Investor plc running international investment conferences and later at Dennis Publishing, where she was publisher of a group of consumer technology magazines.


Richard Chadwick

Director of Programmes and Development

Richard Chadwick

Richard is responsible for ensuring that the quality and relevance of our offer to young people at every stage of their journey with The Prince’s Trust is maximised. Richard has worked for The Prince’s Trust since 2007, and was formerly a Deputy Director in both the Finance and Programme departments and responsible for the initial set-up of Prince’s Trust International.

Prior to joining The Trust Richard worked in management roles in the Telecommunications and Retail sectors at both Carphone Warehouse PLC and Cable & Wireless PLC. Before that he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in the mid 1990s. Richard is a Governor of a successful Academy school in London and also a volunteer mentor for The Prince’s Trust.


Joann Passingham

Finance Director


Joann is an experienced finance leader with a strong record of achievement throughout her career at both an EMEA and a Global level. She has held various senior finance and strategic leadership roles, most recently with a top Global BPO provider Sitel, where she initially held the post of EMEA Chief Financial Officer and subsequently Senior Vice President in the Global Sales and Commercial function. Prior to Sitel, Joann played a key role in the growth of global BPO organisation Williams Lea as part of the Leadership team working on various Merger and Acquisitions activity and leading the European finance function.

An active member of her local community, Joann is a School Governor and a Youth Leader at her local Youth Club. 

Ian Jeffers

Operations Director

Ian joined The Trust in 2009 as the Director for Northern Ireland and was appointed Operations Director in March 2016. During his tenure in Northern Ireland, he supported the team to increase the number of young people helped by 130%.

Ian started his career as an engineer and then moved to the world of Sales and Marketing.  Ian was previously Managing Director of ASG PR and became the chairman of the Institute of Public Relations in Northern Ireland. He was also part of the founding team of CableTel (Virgin Media) in Northern Ireland and subsequently became Managing Director for Cambridge Cable, the CEO of ntl Ireland and the Managing Director of ntl in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In 2005, Ian took a year out and became a watch leader on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. On his return from the high seas he took on a series of interim leadership roles before joining The Prince's Trust. Ian is also a Board member of The Probation Board of Northern Ireland. 

Simon Major 

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Simon Major

Simon joined The Trust in February 2017 to lead the Legal, Governance, Risk and Internal Audit functions. Previously Simon was General Counsel & Company Secretary at WWF and prior to that Deputy General Counsel at Save the Children.

Simon is also Company Secretary of Prince’s Trust International and Prince’s Trust Trading Limited.

Simon started his legal career specialising in international finance law with a particular focus on infrastructure projects in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.

He has a MA in International Peace and Security and the role of the UN Security Council.