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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an exciting self-development programme available to all 14 to 24 year olds. Over the past fifty years, more than eight million young people have participated in the Award, in over 140 countries and territories. The Award has grown to become the world’s leading youth development programme.


Scouting is a world wide educational Movement for young people. It contributes to the fulfilment of their potential using a progressive and enjoyable values-based programme for personal development.      Membership is open to all young people and adults, regardless of ability, who are prepared to accept Scouting’s fundamental principles.

Today, there are more than sixty million people involved worldwide and over half a million adults and young people enjoying the fun and friendship of Scouting in the United Kingdom.

The Sea Cadets

John is a trustee of the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.  Whether at sea or on land, the Sea Cadets offers young people across the UK amazing opportunities for personal development – by learning new skills and working in teams –  we offer an environment where young people find new confidence and inspiration.

Today, 14,000 young people based in 400 units in towns, cities and ports across the UK are challenging themselves and developing new skills, like sailing, boating and rock climbing –  supported by 9,000 volunteers.


Career Ready

John was Career Ready’s founding Chief Executive.  Career Ready is a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people.

We offer a structured programme of study for 16-19 year olds, that sits alongside students’ school  or college coursework. It is delivered by employer volunteers who provide masterclasses, mentoring, workplace visits and internships to help our students compete with the best in the country


Teach First

John is one of Teach First’s Founding Ambassadors.   Teach First’s mission is to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields.

Founded in 2002, Teach First has already changed the lives of thousands of young people. Teach First harnesses the energy, enthusiasm and drive of exceptional graduates to provide leadership, motivation and, above all, inspirational teaching in schools in challenging circumstances across England.


John is a Stonewall Ambassador, part of a growing group helping Stonewall continue their vital work for acceptance without exception for all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in the UK and abroad.


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