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 Theresa May 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.

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]

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 – 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. 
  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" (Press release). Princeofwales.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  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. ^ "Jack McConnell named as patron of Diana Award for young people". The Scotsman. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Asafa Powell to receive major awards". The Gleaner (Jamaica). January 19, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Twist and Pulse renew Ambassador Role with Diana Award youth charity" (PDF). diana-award.org.uk. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.