Trustees

Our Trustees set the charity’s strategic direction, monitor the delivery of its objectives and uphold its values and governance.

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The Lord Kirkham CVO
Chair of Trustees

Graham founded DFS in 1969, selling in 2010. Elevated to the peerage in 1999, he received the CVO in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2001, and is involved with The Outward Bound Trust, The Animal Health Trust and the Kennel Club.

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HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO
Trustee

The Earl plays an active role in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, attending events and presenting Awards. He is himself a Gold Award holder and has been a Trustee of the Charity and of the International Award Association since 1988.

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Mel Ewell
Trustee

Mel Ewell has a business career that has spanned over 35 years, the last 15 of which he spent as CEO of Amey. He now holds non-executive director roles in a variety of businesses and has been associated with the DofE for over 20 years.

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Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE
Trustee

Since retiring from competitive sport, Tanni has been a board member for the London Marathon and the LLDC. She was appointed a member of Transport for London in 2008 and, since 2010, has served as a non-party political crossbench peer.

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Julian Hough
Trustee

Julian is a Founding Partner of the Engine Group – an international communications group working with many of the world’s leading brands. He is Chairman of the advertising division WCRS. Julian is the proud parent of two Gold Award holders.

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Malcolm Offord
Trustee

Malcolm is Chairman of Badenoch & Co in Edinburgh. He is a Regent of Edinburgh University and Chairman of the Development Board of the National Museums of Scotland. He attained his Gold, Silver and Bronze DofE Awards as a Scottish schoolboy.

Patricia Tehan
Trustee

Patricia is a founding partner of Lygon Group, the board executive search and advisory firm. She has been a supporter of the DofE since 2009. She is also a member of the board’s Nomination Committee, a member of the Award’s Women in Business Group and of the Corporate Development Group.

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John Amaechi OBE
Trustee

John Amaechi OBE is a psychologist, high-performance coach and New York Times best-selling author. He is CEO of Amaechi Performance Systems, a leadership consultancy working in Europe and the United States.

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Jenny Morgan
Trustee

Jenny is a Chartered Accountant and has had a diverse career working in finance, audit and risk roles at FTSE 100 companies, Burberry and Smith & Nephew, and previously as a partner in KPMG.