Diana Memorial Award

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The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award for Inspirational Young People was established in 1999 by a board chaired by the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown,[1] who felt that the award would reflect the personal interest of Diana, Princess of Wales in supporting the outstanding achievements of young people.[2]

Purpose and Vision[edit]

The purpose of the Diana Award[3] is to appreciate and celebrate the work which young people make to society - especially those who are young ambassadors, young leaders, young humanitarians, fund raisers, environmental campaigners, peer mentors, sports leaders, and those who inspire others.

The vision is to promote a culture that celebrates young people from all sections of society who have made a selfless contribution to society.


  • Celebrate young people’s role in society
  • Rewarding inspiring young people in the media
  • Encourage and develop young inspiring citizens
  • Create a platform for young people


A Diana Award winner receives a national award and a certificate signed by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and a lapel pin or trophy. They also receive other benefits, including attending events hosted by Prince Harry and Prince William.[4]

Recipients may also attend events organized by the Diana team, primarily as part of its 'Young Ambassadors Programme'.

International Award[edit]

In 2011, the International Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Award was launched to recognize inspirational young people outside Great Britain.

International Diana Award Winners[edit]

  • Harnoor Gill - Georgetown, Ontario, Canada - 2013 [6]
  • Arushi Madan - UAE (Sharjah) - 2014 [8]
  • Simran Vedvyas – Dubai - 2014 [9]
  • Kehkashan Basu – Dubai – 2015 [10]
  • Mackenzie Murphy – Airdrie Alberta Canada – 2015 [11]
  • Mackenzie Ann Olson - Mantua Township, New Jersey, USA – 2015 [12]
  • Loren Skudder-Hill – New Zealand - 2015 [13]
  • Nikhiya Shamsher -- Bengaluru, India - 2017 [14]

Organisational structure[edit]

The Diana Award was headed by Maggie Turner OBE until July 2012. The Chief Executive of the Diana Award and International Diana Award is Tessy Ojo.

Patrons, Ambassadors & Trustees[edit]


International Ambassadors

UK Ambassadors


  • Chair – Wayne Bulpitt, Founder of The Active Group Limited
  • Kate Hardcastle, businesswoman and Founder of Insight with Passion
  • Michael Abiodun Olatokun, campaigner and Diana Award Holder
  • Emily Murrell, a policy advisor within HSBC
  • Peter Avis, Restaurant Manager, Babylon Restaurant
  • Fiona Greig, a public relations, communications and business development professional
  • Martin Pilgrim, former CEO of London Councils



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  2. ^ "Diana's Charities". BBC News. Retrieved 7 Aug 2017. 
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  5. ^ Pax Christi, IKV. "Georgina Lara Booth received Diana Award". IKV Pax Christi. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Canadian teenager receives International Diana Award". Al-Rasub. 1 Oct 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Young Indonesian wins prestigious Princess Diana Award". Gov.uk (Press release). British Embassy Jakarta and British Embassy Timor Leste. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Zriqat, Thaer (21 March 2015). "Arushi uses award in honour of late princess to get out green message". The National. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "International Diana Award for UAS Student" (Press release). Esol Education. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "NRI teen wins prestigious 'International Diana Award'". NRI Cafe. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  11. ^ Kaufmann, Bill (21 May 2015). "Airdrie teen MacKenzie Murphy recognized for anti-bullying crusade with International Diana Award". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Clearview Regional High School student honored with International Diana Award in memory of Princess Diana" (Press release). nj.com. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "Loren follows in steps of princess". Rotorua Daily Post. 13 Jun 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "Nikhiya Shamsher: Powered by a yearn to learn". http://www.deccanchronicle.com/. 2017-06-01. Retrieved 2017-10-22.  External link in |work= (help)
  15. ^ "Jack McConnell named as patron of Diana Award for young people". The Scotsman. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Asafa Powell to receive major awards". The Gleaner (Jamaica). January 19, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Twist and Pulse renew Ambassador Role with Diana Award youth charity" (PDF). diana-award.org.uk. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.