Ben Elliot

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Ben Elliot
Benjamin William Elliot

(1975-08-11) 11 August 1975 (age 43)
Dorset, England[1]
Mary-Clare Winwood (m. 2011)
Parent(s)Simon Elliot
Annabel Shand

Benjamin William "Ben" Elliot (born 11 August 1975) is an English businessman, philanthropist, and nephew of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.[2]

Early life[edit]

Elliot is the son of Simon Elliot, a Dorset landowner, and Annabel Elliot (née Shand), an interior designer and antiques dealer.[1] He has two younger sisters, Alice and Catherine. His mother is the sister of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Mark Shand. His maternal grandfather was Major Bruce Shand and his paternal grandfather was Air Chief Marshal Sir William Elliot.[3]

Elliot was educated at Eton College and graduated with a BSc in Politics and Economics from the University of Bristol.[4]


Elliot is the co-founder of Quintessentially Group, the luxury lifestyle group with a 24-hour global concierge service, which he started in London in December 2000.[5] Elliot was also the founder of Quintessentially Soho, a private members' club which raised money for the House of St Barnabas homelessness charity.[1] Elliot is a non-executive director of YouGov plc[6] as well as a partner at Hawthorn Advisors,[7] a corporate communications and reputation management consultancy. Elliot was asked to act as treasurer for the Conservative Party's 2016 London Mayoral Campaign and was responsible for all campaign fundraising.[8] Following October 2017's relaunch of the Centre for Policy Studies, Elliot was asked by Lord Saatchi to join his board as honorary treasurer.[9]

He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, The New York Times, Country Life and Tatler amongst other publications.[10][11] Ben was included in the Evening Standard's Progress 1000 list, named as one of 'London's most influential people 2016 - Business Brains'.[12] He was the executive producer of the award-winning documentary Fire in Babylon.[13]

Elliot acts as a trustee for the Eranda Rothschild Foundation[14] and has been on the Development Board of the Royal Albert Hall[15] since 2015. In December 2016, he was appointed as a trustee to the board of the Victoria & Albert Museum by Prime Minister Theresa May. The four-year term officially commenced on 1 January 2017.[16]

In December 2018, Elliot was appointed by Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as the Government's first Food Surplus and Waste Champion. Following Elliot's appointment, Gove commented: “Food waste is an economic, environmental and moral scandal. We must end it. That’s why I am delighted Ben Elliot is taking up this position and know he will bring the enthusiasm and skills this important role needs. His first task will be to help ensure our £15m food waste fund redistributes surplus food that would otherwise be wasted to those most in need."[17]


As the chairman of the Quintessentially Foundation, it has raised in excess of £13m for charitable causes since 2008 [18] Working with different charities, its mission is to improve the health, education and welfare of disadvantaged people, predominantly in the UK. To date, the Quintessentially Foundation has helped 10,000 school children in Enfield and Croydon through Place2Be, put funding towards a new cancer centre in London through Maggie's and assisted vital projects in Syria through War Child.[19] The foundation's most recent partnership has been with The Felix Project.,[20] the charity combatting the issue of food waste and food poverty. Together they have pioneered a government-backed initiative to divert up to £1 billion of surplus food to those in need [17]

Elliot's other charity partnerships have included: Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust, Room to Read, Greenhouse, Hope and Homes for Children, Dimbleby Cancer Care, Duchenne Children's Trust, Rays of Sunshine, WellChild, Good Chance, Centre for Social Justice, Sentebale, the Miles Frost Fund, Whole World Water,[21] Elephant Family,[22] (for which Ben is a Patron, co-founded and chaired by his uncle Mark Shand until his death) and many others. In 2012, he was involved in the fundraising for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Elliot married Mary-Clare Winwood, daughter of the musician Steve Winwood in Gloucestershire in 2011.[1] His cousin Tom Parker Bowles was his best man.[24] They have two sons, Arthur (born in August 2012) and Ike (born in December 2014) and live in West London.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "My perfect weekend: Ben Elliot". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Marriage is a relaxed affair for Camilla's nephew Ben Elliot". The Daily Telegraph. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Air Chief Marshal Sir William Elliot". The Peerage. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  4. ^ "StartUp Summer: Ben Elliot". 18 August 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". Meet the Staff. Quintessentially. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Ben Elliot: Non-Executive". Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Hawthorn Advisors Team page". Hawthorn Advisors. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Everything you need to know about Zac Goldsmith". Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Ben Elliot - Centre for Policy Studies". Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Ben Elliot". Financial Times. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Posts published by Ben Elliot". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  12. ^ "The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2016 - Business Brains". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Revolver sets Fire in Babylon". Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  15. ^ "YouGov - Board of Directors". YouGov: What the world thinks.
  16. ^ "Prime Minister appoints four new trustees to the Board of the Victoria & Albert Museum".
  17. ^ a b "Gove appoints Food Waste Champion".
  18. ^ "Charity Stars - Quintessentially Foundation".
  19. ^ "Quintessentially Foundation". Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  20. ^ "The Evening Standard - Entrepreneur Ben Elliot explains why he'll take 400-mile cycle challenge to help feed hungry children". Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Ambassadors". Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Our Team: Patrons". Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  23. ^ "Centre for Policy Studies - Ben Elliot, Hon. Treasurer".
  24. ^ "Camilla overjoyed at the society wedding of her millionaire nephew Ben Elliot". Hello. 13 September 2011.

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