Patrons and ambassadors

  • Alastair Humphreys
    Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, author and motivational speaker who has supported Hope and Homes for Children since 2001, when he set out on a four-year expedition cycling around the world. Since then he has canoed 500 miles down the Yukon River, walked the length of the holy Kaveri River in India, run the Marathon […]
  • Claire Wright
    Claire Wright has been a volunteer fundraiser for Hope and Homes for Children since 1998. In that time she has taken part in challenge events, including the Marathon des Sables, and organised many fundraising events around the country. Claire continues to tirelessly raise awareness and funds for Hope and Homes for Children, and also attends […]
  • Dame Kristin Scott Thomas
      Dame Kristin Scott Thomas DBE is an actress who has gained international recognition since the 1990s for her roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral and The English Patient. She has also worked in French cinema in films such as the thriller Tell No One and Philippe Claudel’s I’ve Loved You So Long. On […]
  • David Furnish
    David Furnish is a film director and producer. He is co-chief of Rocket Pictures with Sir Elton John. David is a contributing editor for Tatler magazine and a regular columnist for Interview and GQ. He also serves on the board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
  • Gordon McInally
    Gordon McInally is a Past President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and has also served Rotary International as a Director. Gordon has been a keen advocate of the work of Hope and Homes for Children for over 20 years, as has his wife, Heather, and their family. He has a particular interest […]
  • James Whiting
      James Whiting gave up a law career to join our founders Mark and Caroline Cook shortly after they started Hope and Homes for Children. For ten years he worked tirelessly and played a vital role in all aspects of our development. James is now Executive Director at Malaria No More UK.
  • Jay Jopling
    Since founding White Cube over two decades ago, Jay Jopling has been instrumental in repositioning London as a global centre for contemporary art. Support for Hope and Homes for Children comes not only from Jay himself, but runs throughout Jay’s family. Having visited our projects on numerous occasions, Jay, his mother Lady Jopling, also a […]
  • Kate Adie
    Kate Adie OBE DL is a British journalist and broadcaster. Her most high profile role was that of Chief News Correspondent for BBC News, during which time she became well known for reporting from war zones around the world.
  • Lady Jopling
      Gail Jopling MBE, who is married to the former Conservative Party Chief Whip Lord Jopling, is a tireless advocate and supporter of Hope and Homes for Children.
  • Lily Safra
    Mrs Lily Safra shared her commitment to caring for the less fortunate with her husband, Mr Edmond J. Safra, one of the twentieth century’s most accomplished bankers and founder of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation. Since 1999 she has chaired this Foundation, which supports projects related to education, science and medicine, religion, culture, and humanitarian […]
  • Lord Dannatt
    General the Lord Richard Dannatt (GCB CBE MC DL) was a soldier for 40 years concluding his military career as Chief of the General Staff – the professional head of the British Army. Since retiring from active duty in 2009, he was Constable of the Tower of London until July 2016. In 2011 he became […]
  • Lord Selkirk
      James Douglas-Hamilton (Baron Selkirk of Douglas PC, QC) is a Scottish Conservative peer who served formerly as MP for Edinburgh West, then MSP for the Lothians. Lord Selkirk was formerly Chair of our Edinburgh Support Group and became a Patron in 2005.
  • Mariana Dahan
    We are delighted to welcome Mariana Dahan as an Ambassador for Hope and Homes for Children. Originally from the Republic of Moldova, Mariana Dahan is the founder and CEO of the World Identity Network (WIN). Launched on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, WIN is an initiative striving to bring together the world’s brightest minds and […]
  • Martin Bell
    Martin Bell OBE is a broadcaster, war reporter and former independent politician. He was the MP for Tatton from 1997 to 2001. Martin was reporting for the BBC throughout the Siege of Sarajevo, where Hope and Homes for Children began. He has been a supporter of the charity since the very beginning.
  • Matt Bell
    Matt Bell was a Trustee of Hope and Homes for Children and subsequently Chair of Trustees from 2003 to 2009. He has a background in the voluntary sector. His current role is Group Head of External Affairs at Berkeley Group Holdings Plc.
  • Natalie Pinkham
    Natalie Pinkham has been Sky Sports’ Formula One pit lane reporter since 2012. In 2011, Natalie made television of a very different kind when she returned to a Romanian orphanage she had previously worked in to find what became of an orphan called Mirela with whom she formed a bond 12 years ago. This journey […]
  • Nick Hewer
    Nick Hewer is a public relations consultant turned television personality, best known for his role as Lord Sugar’s advisor on the UK version of the popular BBC television show The Apprentice and as host of Channel 4’s Countdown. Nick has visited several of our overseas projects in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa, presenting fundraising films and […]
  • Rick Foulsham
    Rick Foulsham CMG was Chief Executive of Hope and Homes for Children from 2006 to 2011. He was previously a career diplomat, with a special interest in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa. Rick is married with two children. He and his wife live in Perthshire.
  • Rukhiya Budden
    Rukhiya Budden is a Global Ambassador for Hope and Homes for Children, a mother to three girls and a counsellor helping people with mental health issues in her community in Berkshire. Rukhiya grew up in an orphanage in Kenya and has shared her personal story to support the work of Hope and Homes for Children […]
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson
      Sam Taylor-Johnson is an internationally renowned artist working mostly in the photographic medium. She is also a critically acclaimed film director whose film credits include Nowhere Boy, Fifty Shades of Grey and Love You More. Sam is currently filming and producing Gypsy, a new series for exclusively for Netflix.
  • Sir Don McKinnon
    Sir Don McKinnon ONZ GCVO was Commonwealth Secretary General from 2000 to 2008.  During a long career in politics in New Zealand, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister. He lives in New Zealand with his wife Clare, Lady McKinnon, who became an active supporter and fundraiser for Hope and Homes […]