David set up Pearl and Coutts, a property management and letting agency aged 19. The company specialises in quality residential and commercial property lettings in London. He also heads his North London-based property business Structadene which controls more than 13,000 properties.

“I know how hard it is for young people to make their way in the world; they need all the help they can get. I have seen how the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award transforms lives. It offers a fun way to learn skills and explore the world beyond your neighbourhood and that is so important for kids growing up in the inner cities whose horizons are often very limited.”

David Pearlman