The Prince's Trust Council
The Prince’s Trust Council is accountable
in law for the work of The Trust. It sets the strategy and
agrees The Trust’s business plan and budget and has authority to
take all decisions and to set all policy.
Chairman: Lloyd Dorfman CBE
Lloyd joined The Prince’s Trust Council in
2007, and took over as Chairman in August 2015. He is also a
Director of Prince’s Trust International. Lloyd is the Founder of
the Travelex Group, the world’s largest provider of retail foreign
exchange services. In 2014, an agreement to sell the business was
announced, and he is now President, and retains a 5% shareholding.
He is also Chairman of The Office Group, and in 2014 co-founded and
became Chairman and joint shareholder with Network Rail, of
He is a non-Executive of M & C Saatchi plc, a Director
of the Royal National Theatre, a Trustee of The Royal Opera House,
a Trustee of the Royal Academy Trust, and a Governor of St Paul’s
School. He is also a shareholder and Board Director of Ben Ainslie
Racing’s America’s Cup Challenge. He is an Honorary Fellow of St
Peter’s College, Oxford and an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn.
In 2011 he was awarded The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts
Michael Marks CVO, CBE
Michael is founding partner of NewSmith Capital Partners LLP. He
joined the Council in early 2004 after retiring as Chairman of
Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Michael started his career with
Smith Bros in 1958 and was appointed a director there in 1975. He
became Chief Executive of Smith New Court in 1987 and Executive
William has spent most of his career with
Graphite Capital, a UK private equity firm, where he was a senior
partner. He worked part time for Fairbridge from 2005, joining
the board in 2006 and becoming Chairman in 2009.
William is Chairman of two companies in the
Graphite portfolio: U-POL, a manufacturer of automotive refinish
products, and TMP, a recruitment communications company. He has
established a charitable trust which focuses on the conservation of
highly threatened tropical rainforest habitats and on supporting
young people in the UK.
Wendy Becker is Chief Executive Officer of Jack
Wills. She is a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread plc, where she
is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees. Wendy spent
most of her previous career as a Partner at McKinsey & Company,
a management consultancy, as the Managing Director of TalkTalk and
as the Global Chief Marketing Officer at Vodafone. Wendy is also a
Trustee of Cancer Research UK, where she sits on the Audit
Committee, and is on the Board of English National Ballet. She
holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from
Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
Damon Buffini is a founding partner of Permira and was Chairman
and Managing Partner from 1997-2010. Under his leadership Permira’s
funds under management grew from €1.9 billion to over €20 billion
and the firm’s number of offices has risen from four to twelve.
Over the same period Permira helped to grow and build numerous
successful businesses across Europe including: Travelodge, global
aviation services group Jet Aviation, Inmarsat, and Homebase. Damon
currently represents Permira Funds on the board of Hugo Boss.
Damon is co founder of Social Business Trust, a Governor of the
Royal Shakespeare Company and a Governor of the Wellcome Trust.
Damon was educated at the Gateway Grammar School, St John’s
College, Cambridge, where he read Law and at Harvard Business
School, where he gained an MBA.
Sir Nigel Knowles
Sir Nigel Knowles joined The Prince’s Trust Council in September
2014 and was appointed the first Chairman of Prince’s Trust
International in July 2014.
Sir Nigel is Global Co-Chief Executive Officer and Managing
Partner of DLA Piper. He has been Managing Partner since 1996 and
in that time has led DLA Piper's growth from a regional UK law firm
to what is now the world's largest global business law firm.
Globally, DLA Piper has a turnover in excess of £1bn with over
4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the
Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Sir Nigel was
appointed Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Blenheim Capital
Services Limited in 2010. He is a former Chairman of the Managing
Partners' Forum; Chairman of the Legal Sector Alliance which
emerged from the May Day Business Summit on Climate Change; a
member of Business in the Community's Environment Leadership team;
and a member of the steering committee of The Prince of Wales
Amy Stirling joined as a Trustee in January 2015 and is also a
Director of Prince’s Trust International.
She was formerly Chief Financial Officer of the Prince’s Trust.
Prior to this, Amy served as the Chief Financial Officer of
TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc having been with the business since its
start up as part of the Carphone Warehouse Group which she joined
in 2000. Amy also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee of Pets at
Home Group Plc and as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and
non-executive member of the Cabinet Office Board.