David Charters, J.P. - Chair Of Trustees, Chair Of Judging Panel
David is Chair of Trustees, Chair of Judging Panel and Joint Founding Partner of Beacon. David, along with Emily Stonor, set up Beacon in February 2002 to recognise individuals who make exceptional contributions to charity.
David is Director of Barchester Advisory, part of the Barchester Group, and has previously worked as an investment banker and for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is a Justice of the Peace at South Westminster Petty Sessions and is a published author.
David is an active business investor and a member of the supervisory board of IQ International Incubator. He lives in London and is married with six children.
Rt. Hon. the Lord Deedes, KBE, MC, DL
Bill Deedes was educated at Harrow, Bill Deedes joined the Morning Post in 1931 as a journalist at the age of 18. He became their war correspondent on Abyssinia in 1935 before joining The Daily Telegraph in 1937. Bill Deedes served in The King's Royal Rifle Corps throughout the Second World War, and was awarded the Military Cross in 1944. With the Armistice he returned to the Telegraph.
As a Conservative MP, Bill Deedes represented Ashford in Kent from 1950 until 1974. In 1955 Winston Churchill appointed Bill Deedes as Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. He then moved to the Home Office in 1955 as Parliamentary Under-Secretary. In 1957 he retired but five years later returned as Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet.
Bill Deedes succeeded Maurice Green as Editor of The Daily Telegraph in 1974 and remained in the post for twelve years. Since 1986 he has remained a leader writer and columnist for The Daily Telegraph. In April 2000 Bill Deedes received the Journalist of the Century award at The Oldie Magazine awards and at the press awards in March 2002, he was awarded the Press Gazette Gold Award. Bill Deedes was ennobled in 1986 and in 1999 received a knighthood for services to humanitarian causes, as well as journalism.
His publications include: 'Dear Bill: WF Deedes Reports', his autobiography published in 1997.
Ram Gidoomal, CBE
Ram Gidoomal came to Britain from East Africa as a refugee in 1967. He is an entrepreneur, and former UK Group Chief Executive of the Inlaks Group, a multinational business with seven thousand employees.
Ram Gidoomal is Chairman of Winning Communications, South Asian Development Partnership, London Community Foundation and London Sustainability Exchange and the Employability Forum (helping refugees and asylum seekers into employment. He is a Board Member of the Institute of Employment Studies, Covent Garden Market Authority, English Partnerships, London First Centre and the Companions of the Chartered Management Institute and on the Advisory Board for Ethics in the Workplace of the Institute of Business Ethics. He was a founder trustee and chairman of the Christmas Cracker charity, which has given thousands of young people direct entrepreneurial experience and which has raised over £5 million for projects in developing countries.
A Trustee of the Institute of Citizenship and Forum for the Future, he is the author of several books including The UK Maharajahs and The British and how to deal with them: Doing Business with Britain's Ethnic Communities. He is a governor of Kings College School, Wimbledon, a Crown Appointee on the Court & Council of Imperial College, a visiting professor of Entrepreneurship & Inner City Regeneration at Middlesex University.
Sir Anthony Kenny
Sir Anthony Kenny was a Fellow and later Master of Balliol College Oxford. On retirement from Balliol he was for ten years chief executive of the Rhodes Trust, a charity that in addition to funding the Rhodes Scholarships has supported many good causes in post-apartheid South Africa. He has been President of the British Academy and Chairman of the Board of the British Library, and has published forty books on philosophical and historical topics.
Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, CBE
David Puttnam was educated in London at Minchenden Grammar School. After ten years in the advertising industry, he spent thirty years as an independent film producer. His films include The Mission, the Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone, and Memphis Belle. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Pictures from 1986 to 1988 - the only non-American ever to have run a Hollywood Studio. David retired from film production in 1998 and now focuses on his work in education. In addition to having served as the first Chairman of the General Teaching Council, he is also Chairman of the Trustees of the National Teaching Awards. He has been a governor and visiting Lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science since 1997 having been a visiting Lecturer at the University of Bristol for fourteen years prior to that. He holds twenty four honorary degrees, and is Chancellor of the University of Sunderland. He served as a Governor and later Chairman of the National Film and Television School from 1974 to 1996. He is a Government appointee to the Board of B.E.C.T.A. and The National Leadership College. He has served on a variety of public bodies. He is Chairman of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television and is a member of the Engineering Council Senate. He is a Trustee of BAFTA, the Science Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts, and has served as President of the C.P.R.E., Vice President of The Royal Geographical Society and a Trustee of the Tate Gallery. In July 2002, David was confirmed as President of UNICEF UK. David was awarded a CBE in 1982, received a Knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. In France he has been honoured as a Chevalier and, later, an Officer of Arts and letters.
Maggie Semple, OBE
Maggie Semple joined The Experience Corps with both a strong public sector background - and a true sense of the vitality of volunteering through the responsibilities that she undertakes in her spare time. On a voluntary basis, Maggie is Chair of the National Youth Music Theatre, a Trustee and Council Member of the Royal Society of Arts, a governor of De Montfort University and serves on the boards of the Teacher Training Agency, the Roundhouse Camden, The Women's Library, Sadler's Wells Theatre, The Arts Educational Schools and the Rambert Dance Company. Prior to The Experience Corps, Maggie was Director of the Learning Experience for the New Millennium Experience Company and Director of Education and Training at the Arts Council of England. Formerly Deputy Head of North Westminster Community School - a large comprehensive school, Maggie has advised on the National Curriculum, served on the DfEE's National Advisory Group for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning and currently is a member of the DfES Post 16 e-Learning Task Force. It was through these experiences, and through getting older herself, that Maggie's imagination was fired by the idea of encouraging those with experience of life to teach life skills to their communities through volunteering. Maggie has worked to further the celebration of a culturally diverse society as Director of the National Arts Education for a Multicultural Society Project, supported by the Commission for Racial Equality, with whom she still has links. Maggie is also a Civil Service Commissioner. Maggie was awarded the OBE in 2001 for her services to education in the UK.
Jane Tewson, CBE
Jane Tewson CBE founded Charity Projects (1984), co-founded Comic Relief (1986), Pilotlight UK (1998) and Timebank (1999), and is currently Founder and Director of Pilotlight Australia (2001). Jane is well known for pushing the boundaries of philanthropic thinking and 'creating a new concept of charity as active, emotional, involving and fun'. In March 2000, Jane was heralded by The Times newspaper as one of the top ten innovators of the 1990s in the UK. Jane has been involved in redefining the charity sector itself. In the UK Jane sat on the Council for Charitable Support, and on the Business in the Community/National Council for Voluntary Organisations Task Force 2002. Jane was a Trustee of The Media Trust, The Camelot Foundation and Oxfam GB. In 1999 Jane was awarded a CBE for innovation in charity. Jane moved to Australia in 2000 with her husband, Charles, and two children, Charlie (9) and Sam (7). She is a Board Member of the Reichstein Foundation, one of Australia's most forward thinking grant-makers, and also the St James Ethics Centre, a leading organisation in the promotion and exploration of ethics.