Beacon Fellowship

Beacon Fellowship

Beacon Fellowship is the first and only Fellowship within the United Kingdom whose scheme is geared toward supporting and encouraging an improved culture of philanthropy and charitable giving. Founded in 2002 by Emily Stonor and David Charters, Beacon was the outgrowth Stonor's involvement in a project which sought to investigate the causes of the observed decline in charitable giving and participation within the UK, as well as the low profile associated with such activities.

The Beacon Fellowship aims to inspire people to give money time and skills through supporting and encouraging individual contributions to charitable and social causes, and through celebrating and showcasing best practice in philanthropy. Beacon awards annual prizes to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to charitable causes or to organisations that benefit the public. An overall winner will be selected every year, who will be given a cash award of £30,000, invested in an innovative way by the winner in a charity of their choice.

Membership is limited to winners of the Beacon Prize; recipients are drawn from a pool of candidates nominated either by charitable organisations or the public at large.

Prize Winners and Fellows

*2007- Heather Reynolds, Michael de Giorgio, Duncan Goose, Samarendra Das, Alexander McLean, Claire Hicks and Sir John Wilson, Sir Torquil Norman, Zakwan Chowdhury, Michael Spencer, Gill Donovan, Jane Winter, Janet Hannay and Diana Barran.

*2005/06- Dr Helen Bamber, John Bird, Rev. Canon William Broad, Dame Vivien Duffield, Paul Hardie, Kerryanne Jaconsen, Paul Lamplugh and Diana Lamplugh, Kate McVeigh, Matthew Orr, Claire Mackintosh, Rita Patel, Leah Pattison, Jean Vanier, Benjamin Wells and Michael Wood.

*2004- Professor Peter Guthrie, Bob Geldof, Dr Mohammed Amran, Rosalind Portman, Bruce Crowther, Brigadier Peter Stewart-Richardson, Jake Bonsall, Jamie Oliver, John Studzinski, Francesca D'Arcy, Major Richard Carr-Gomm, Sigrid Rausing, Dr Frederick Mulder, Ann Cotton, Dr Mora Scott, Lord David Rowe-Beddoe, Denis Humble and Nial Fizduff.

*2003- Carol Wiggins, Professor David Morley, Lord Amir Bhatia, Sir Tom Hunter, Martin Fisher and Nick Moon, Jason Maude, Dame Stephanie Shirley, David Constantine, Sarah Francis, Zac Goldsmith, Niall Quinn, John Profumo and Sir Paul Getty.

Board of Trustees

*Stephen Cohen - Interim Chair of Beacon's Trustees from December 2004 until May 2005. Stephen has worked in the asset management business for over 25 years in multiple roles, in America, Asia and in Europe.

*Peter Higgins- Currently Managing Director of Rare Corporate Design and Publishing part of Chime Communications Plc.

*Debra Marmor- An independent consultant and executive mentor. Mrs Marmor is also a Fellow of the RSA.

*Sue Ryan- Journalist who has worked across the media over the last 30 years, most recently as Managing Editor of the Daily Telegraph.

*Emily Stonor- Co-founder of Beacon. She was the Chief Executive of Beacon for four years until June 2006, when she became a trustee. Mrs Stoner has previously worked as a consultant to a number of charitable initiatives, was Head of Marketing and Communications for the Science Museum and for eight years at Saatchi & Saatchi as an Account Director.

*Lisa Tedeschini - Qualified solicitor and solicitor-advocate who until recently worked as a commercial litigator with a global law firm. Mrs Tedschini also founded the firm's Human Rights Group, which provided human rights law advice and training to clients and colleagues in addition she has been a volunteer with a number of charitable organisations.

External links

* [ Beacon Fellowship Charitable Trust] Official site

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