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Beacon Fellows

Group picture of Beacon Fellows, Sarah Deaves (CEO Coutts & Co),
Mark Evans (Head of Family Business and Philanthropy),
Martyn Lewis CBE (Chair Beacon Fellowship Board of Trustees),
John Thurley (CEO Beacon Fellowship) and
Debbie Burton (Cabinet Office)”.

Background

The Beacon Fellowship is the first Fellowship scheme to actively support and encourage an improved culture of giving in the UK. Membership of the Fellowship is limited to Beacon Prize winners. Beacon Fellows Lord Bhatia of Hampton and Dame Stephanie Shirley were in 2004 elected Chair and Vice-Chair of the Fellowship. It provides a forum of like-minded people sharing knowledge and experience, learning from challenges and celebrating successes.

Each year the Fellowship meets to welcome new the Fellows and to exchange experiences and best practice. This day is themed ‘Thanks for Giving Day’. For more information see http://www.beaconfellowship.org.uk/thanksforgiving.asp

Regional Philanthropy Forums

In addition to the Fellowship meetings, Beacon organises several regional philanthropy events, to which Fellows are invited to speak and attend. The objective of these events is to utilise the knowledge and expertise of Beacon and our partners, as well as the Fellows’ wealth of experience, to encourage more active philanthropy. Focusing on a wide-range of targeted groups, including regional business leaders, philanthropists and financial advisors, the aim is to inspire a wide variety of people to become involved in philanthropy, and to give in more strategic and informed ways. New plans for forums will be announced in 2009.

In 2007 Beacon organised several Philanthropy Forums:

Philanthropy in the City

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On 30 May almost 200 people packed the room at the Woolgate Exchange - the London home of the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business for the inaugural Beacon Fellowship City forum. Highlighting the growing role of the City in both wealth creation and philanthropy in Britain were three Beacon Fellows, Claire Mackintosh (Founder and CEO, ShareGift), Dr Frederick Mulder (Founding Director and Chair, The Funding Network) John Studzinski CBE (Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group and Founder of The Genesis Foundation) were joined by Jamie Cooper-Hohn (CEO, The Children's Investment Fund Foundation).

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Family Philanthropy

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on Tuesday 6 November in Bristol, together with Quartet Community Foundation. Speakers: Beacon Fellow Dame Stephanie Shirley (Chair of the Shirley Foundation, among the top 50 grant-giving foundations in the UK), Trevor Smallwood OBE DL (2003 Beacon Finalist, President of Quartet Community Foundation and Trustee of the Bramble Trust) Lisa White (Trustee of the Verdon-Smith Family Charitable Settlement and Maya Prabhu (New Philanthropy Capital).

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Youth Philanthropy

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on Wednesday 14 November in Warwick, together with the University of Warwick. Speakers: Nigel Kershaw (Chief Executive of Big Invest and Chairman of The Big Issue), Paul Hardie (2005/06 Beacon Prize Winner), Jamie Darwen (Project Manager of Warwick Volunteer), Joe Kirby (President of the University of Warwick Students' Union) and Corrinne Mackintosh (2007 Beacon Highly Commended and Project Leader, Warwick in Africa Project).

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Ambassador Scheme

This project offers the Fellows and the opportunity to act as ‘Beacon Ambassadors', giving lectures and seminars on their charitable achievements. The series of lectures/seminars will focus on select groups of potential philanthropists including entrepreneurs, the media, the City, and the charity practitioners. It is hoped that the Beacon Ambassadors will inspire and encourage new people to become more philanthropic, and to help those who do already give to do so more effectively.

International Recognition Beacon Fellowship

In the past we have had interest from different parts in the world for the Beacon Awards and Fellowship programme, for example from India and South Africa. It is exciting to see that that the Fellowship continues to get international interest. Recently for example the Dutch bank, ABN AMRO referenced the Beacon Awards and the ‘Beacon Effect’ in a study on new developments in charitable giving titled “Passion, professionalism and perception”. For more information (in Dutch) see: http://www.abnamro.com/pressroom/releases/media/pdf/ABNAMRO_Goede_doelen_05102006.pdf

 



 

Current Beacon Fellows

Fellows 2010

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Mr Angus MacDonald OBE
& Mrs Michie MacDonald
Dr James Partridge
Alec Reed CBE
Dr Benita Refson OBE
Clive Stafford Smith OBE
Jane Tewson CBE
John & Alex TimpsonE
Robert Wilson
Keith & Mary Woodworth

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Fellows 2008

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Kevin Jenkins OBE
Paul Barry-Walsh
Dr Peter Carey
Tom Henderson
Vikki George
Richard Moore

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Fellows 2007

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Heather Reynolds
Duncan Goose
Samarendra Das
Michael de Giorgio
Claire Hicks and The late Sir John Wilson
Alexander McLean
Sir Torquil Norman
Michael Spencer
Zakwan Chowdhury
Jane Winter
Janet Hannay
Gill Donovan
Diana Barran

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Fellows 2005/2006

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Paul Lamplugh, OBE
Diana Lamplugh
Jean Vanier
John Bird
Leah Pattison
Benjamin Wells
Rt Rev Canon William Broad
Dr Helen Bamber
Dame Vivien Duffield
Matthew Orr
Viscountess Mackintosh of Halifax
Michael Wood
Kate McVeigh
KerryAnne Jacobsen-Okezie
Paul Hardie
Rita Patel

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Fellows 2004

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Sir Bob Geldof
Dr Mohammed Amran
Rosalind Portman
Professor Peter Guthrie
Bruce Crowther
Brigadier Peter Stewart-Richardson
Jake Bonsall
Jamie Oliver, MBE
John Studzinski CBE
Francesca D'Arcy
Major Richard Carr-Gomm, OBE
Sigrid Rausing
Dr Frederick Mulder
Ann Cotton
Dr Mora Scott, MBE
Lord Rowe-Beddoe
Dennis Humble
Niall Fitzduff

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Fellows 2003

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Carol Wiggins
Lord Bhatia of Hampton (Chair)
Dame Stephanie Shirley (Vice-Chair)
Professor David Morley, MD, CBE
David Constantine
Jason Maude
Sir Tom Hunter
Martin Fisher
Nick Moon
Sarah Francis
Zac Goldsmith
Niall Quinn
The late John Profumo
The late Sir Paul Getty