Diana Memorial Award
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, who felt that the award would reflect the personal interest of Diana, Princess of Wales in supporting the outstanding achievements of young people.
Purpose and Vision
The purpose of the Diana Award 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.
Recipients may also attend events organized by the Diana team, primarily as part of its 'Young Ambassadors Programme'.
In 2011, the International Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Award was launched to recognize inspirational young people outside Great Britain.
International Diana Award Winners
- Harnoor Gill - Georgetown, Ontario, Canada - 2013 
- Arushi Madan - UAE (Sharjah) - 2014 
- Simran Vedvyas – Dubai - 2014 
- Kehkashan Basu – Dubai – 2015 
- Mackenzie Murphy – Airdrie Alberta Canada – 2015 
- Mackenzie Ann Olson - Mantua Township, New Jersey, USA – 2015 
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
- Rt Hon David Cameron, MP. Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
- Lord Jack McConnell, MSP. Scotland’s longest serving First Minister
- Esther Rantzen, CBE Broadcaster and founder of ChildLine
- Julia Samuel, Patron of the Child Bereavement Charity and friend of Diana Princess of Wales
- Robin Gibb, CBE and Member of the Bee Gees
- Sinitta, Singer and model
- Andrew Cowles, Technical Director of Kapow and Stephen Gately's partner
- Aml Ameen, Actor in the cult film Kidulthood
- Scott Henshall, Fashion Designer
- Zandra Rhodes, Fashion Designer
- Twist and Pulse, Street dance duo 
- 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
- Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust
- Barclays Bank
- Cameron McKenna Foundation
- David Laing Foundation
- Department for Education
- Diana Award Ambassadors and Patrons
- The Dragon School, an Oxford prep school
- Edith Murphy Foundation
- Hilbre High School
- Karen Millen
- King Edward VI School Morpeth
- Lloyds TSB Foundation – Northern Ireland
- Menzies Distribution
- Nicole Farhi
- Speakers Trust
- Nathaniel Peat
- University of Technology Jamaica
- The Dulverton Trust
- The Vivienne and Samuel Cohen Foundation
- The Supper Club
- Tina Labondi
- Tony Matharu (Grange Hotel Group)
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