Richard Martin, Chairman
Richard joined the Board of The Prince’s Initiative in April 2010 and was appointed as Chairman in July 2010. Having studied marketing in London, Richard was for many years Chief Executive and then Chairman of one of the UK’s largest specialist strategy and marketing consultancies, working extensively with the boards of major FTSE 100 companies and with major ‘Private Equity’ firms. Richard is also Chairman of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust Social Enterprise Company.
Richard joined the Board of The Prince’s Initiative in 2001. Richard is Director of RBLS Consulting, an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Public Policy Research and an Expert Advisor to the OECD Directorate of Territorial Development. Richard previously worked for the Northern Way. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, he is a member of the Newcastle Fairness Commission and a member of the Advisory Group for the Joseph Rowntree Foundations Future Labour Markets programme.
Amy joined The Prince’s Initiative Board in 2009. Amy is the Founder & Director of The Bubble Consultancy, a micro management consultancy focused on corporate social innovation. She has 17 years experience in sustainable business, corporate social responsibility and social enterprise in consultancy, charity and industry. She spent 9 years as a management consultant and has held several senior positions including heading up CSR teams at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Microsoft. In addition to her role as a trustee for The Prince’s Initiative, Amy also sits on the Advisory Board of The Odysseus Foundation.
Professor Mark Hart
Mark joined the Board of The Prince’s Initiative in 2007. He is Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston University and jointly manages the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project in the UK which provides key metrics on entrepreneurial attitudes, aspiration and activity. Mark advises a number of Government Departments including BIS, UKTI, HMT as well as the three Devolved Administrations and a number of the LEPs on enterprise issues. Mark has also undertaken a number of national evaluations of business support products and services.
Philip joined the Board of The Prince’s Initiative in 2007. Phil is Chief Executive of Age UK Mid Mersey. Whilst in this role, he worked closely with Age UK nationally to establish the WorkWise employment initiative in St Helens, Merseyside and has overseen three organisational mergers. He has worked in both the private and public sectors and was previously Regional Employment Manager for the RNIB.
Graham is Head of Mid Corporate in the Midlands for Barclays. He began his career as an entrepreneur himself – successfully starting, building and then selling a corporate fitness company. He joined Barclays in 2007 running their Private Bank business across the Midlands. Graham has an MBA from Warwick Business School. Graham joined PRIME as he strongly believes in the power of a support network when people are setting up in business. He chairs the Income Generation and Fundraising Committee.
Adam Sharples is a former civil servant and up to 2011 was the Director General in the Department for Work and Pensions responsible for employment policies and programmes. He now holds a number of non-executive and advisory positions including as Chairman of Ixion Holdings Ltd and Governor of Anglia Ruskin University. He joined the Board of Prime in November 2012 and takes a lead role on public policy issues aiming to raise the profile of employment issues facing older people.
Tom joined the Board of The Prince’s Initiative in July 2011. Tom is a Director at Dickinson Dees LLP, one of the leading independent law firms in the UK. Tom specialises in employment law with a focus on the formulation and progression of major strategic projects such as restructuring of the workforce and outsourcing of services. He is an experienced advocate, regularly appearing in the Employment Tribunals throughout the UK, with particular expertise in discrimination issues, most notably age and disability.
Robert joined the Board of The Prince’s Initiative in July 2011. Based in Edinburgh, he is Chairman and co-owner of Nelsons, the UK’s largest Natural Medicine manufacturer. Robert is also a trustee of a number of other charities. He is a Board member of The Scottish Civic Trust, Chairman of The Barcapel Foundation (one of the largest grant giving charities in Scotland), Chairman of Prostate Scotland and a Governor of Kilgraston Secondary School, Perthshire.