Dr Gill Hicks, MBE, FRSA is the founder of the London-based not-for-profit M.A.D for Peace. She is a motivational speaker, author, curator, and trustee for several cultural organisations. She began her career as a speaker in the wake of the 7 July 2005 London bombings. She was the last living victim rescued. Both her legs were amputated below the knee, and her injuries were so severe that she was initially not expected to live. She was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital without a name, identified only as "One Unknown".
The Adelaide, South Australia-born Hicks has lived in London since 1992. She is former Publishing Director of the architecture, design and contemporary culture magazine Blueprint. Director of the multi-disciplinary design and publishing group Dangerous Minds, and Head of Curation at the UK's Design Council.
Awards and honors
- Ambassador for Peace Direct (Best New Charity), 2005
- Advocate for the Leonard Cheshire Disability, 2006
- MBE for her services to charity in the Queen's New Year's Honours List for 2009
- UK's Australian Woman of the Year (2009)
- Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from London Metropolitan University, 2009, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to architecture and design,[clarification needed] and her work in promoting the importance of establishing sustainable peace
- Recipient of the Iman Wa Amal Special Judges Award at the 10th Annual Muslim News Awards for Excellence in March 2010.
- Listed in the Who's Who of Australian Women, 2011
- Fellow, Royal Society of Arts[when?]
- Trustee of the Women's Playhouse Trust[when?]
- Trustee of the Architecture Foundation[when?]
- Advisor to Psychology Beyond Borders[when?]
- Paris, Natalie (7 Jul 2007). "Gill Hicks: 'I will never stop saying thank you' - Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph (London: TMG). ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Archived from the original on 2013-11-08. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
- Hicks, Gill (20 June 2008). One Unknown. Rodale. ISBN 978-1905744145.
- Profile of Gill Hicks, telegraph.co.uk
- Peace Direct website
- Leonard Cheshire Disability website
- "Australia Day UK Awards 2009". australiaday.co.uk. Australia Day Foundation. Archived from the original on 2013-11-08. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
- Australian Woman of the Year designation for Gill Hicks, australiaday.co.uk (2009)
- 10th Annual Muslim News Awards for Excellence
- Gill Hicks speaks at the Young Muslims Advisory Group
- "What we do". whoswhowomen.com.au. Who's Who of Australian Women. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
- Royal Society of Arts website
- Women's Playhouse Trust website
- Architecture Foundation website
- Psychology Beyond Borders website
- Gill Hicks and Peace Direct: What you can do for peace (YouTube)
- Gill Hicks and Peace Direct: "You can. Doves can't." (YouTube)