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] This award is seen as a last legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales.

Purpose and Vision[edit]

The Diana Award[3] is a prestigious award that endeavors 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 as Diana, Princess of Wales, did.

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 prestigious national award and a certificate signed by the British Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, and a lapel pin or trophy. They also receive other benefits from the Award, including attending events hosted by Prince Harry and Prince William.[4]


In the longer term, the Diana Award provides its holders opportunities to attend events organized by the Diana team, primarily as part of the 'Young Ambassadors Programme'.

International Award[edit]

In 2011, the International Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Award was launched to recognize young people who are inspiring the lives of others internationally as Diana, Princess of Wales did.

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 now Tessy Ojo. Tessy Ojo, sees the overall responsibility for all aspects of the Awards process and the day to day running.

Patrons, Ambassadors & Trustees[edit]


International Ambassadors

UK Ambassadors


  • Chair – Derek Gannon, Chief Operating Officer of Guardian News and Media
  • Alex Birks-Agnew, Secondary School Teacher and Diana Award Holder
  • Benjamin Bilverstone, Student and Diana Award Holder
  • John Box, a former Managing Director from Barclays Capital
  • Aaron Ross, Chief Executive of FirstCare
  • Victoria Sabin, Communications Specialist Sabin Communications
  • Pat Samuel CBE, Deputy Director of the Office of Civil Society
  • Zishaan Salam, Student and Diana Award Holder
  • Mark Watts, Managing Partner of Marwyn Investment Management



  1. ^ Pierce, Andrew (15 Feb 2007). "Brown launches Diana Award as charity". The Telegraph (London). 
  2. ^ "Diana's Charities". BBC News. Retrieved 1997.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ The Diana Award (28 October 2003). "Diana Award". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 28 October 2003. 
  4. ^ "Prince William and Prince Harry host concert party for children". Princeofwales.gov.uk. Retrieved 11 November 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ "Jack McConnell named as patron of Diana Award for young people". The Scotsman. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Asafa Powell to receive major awards". The Gleaner (Jamaica). January 19, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Twist and Pulse renew Ambassador Role with Diana Award youth charity" (PDF). diana-award.org.uk. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.