Doug Barrowman is a businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. His success in the business world has enabled Doug to evaluate how he can positively influence the factors that affect young people. In particular helping them to get the best start in life, starting with a good education and access to career opportunities so that they can, in turn, make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live.
To this end Doug is a strong supporter of the Prince’s Trust and international charity Actionaid.
In 2016, Doug pledged £2 million to the Prince’s Trust, as a significant contribution towards opening a new Prince’s Trust centre in Manchester, England. In addition, Doug sits on the board of the One Million Lives Campaign, which has the purpose of raising £40 million for the charity in the 40th Year since its creation by HRH Prince of Wales.
Over the past 4 years, Doug has been a major financial contributor towards the building of 8 schools in Africa; 7 of which are in Ethiopia and 1 in Ghana. As a result, over 3,500 children now have access to schooling and sanitary facilities. During 2017, Doug has pledged to get more involved with Actionaid going forward and to work with them on new projects.
Apart from the above charities, Doug regularly supports local charities on the Isle of Man, where he lives, ranging from Cancer Care to promoting sport in the community for young people.
BARONESS MICHELLE MONE OBE
Lady Michelle Mone, Baroness Mone of Mayfair, is an entrepreneur, speaker and mentor. Michelle is renowned as one of the UK’s most influential ladies. The multi-award winning Entrepreneur-turned-Parliamentarian is now Start-Up Business Tsar to the British Government and advocate for female equality in business.
Founder of Ultimo Brands International, the UK’s leading lingerie brand for the last two decades, she set out with a vision of helping women look and feel their very best. It was upon that simple concept Michelle built her career and influence, being honoured with a Life Peerage to the House of Lords by the Prime Minister and an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen for her outstanding contributions to business.
Michelle grew up in the impoverished East End of Glasgow when, at the age of fifteen, her father fell ill and was subsequently declared paraplegic and wheelchair bound for life. This forced her to leave school without any qualifications in search of full-time employment, sparking her instinct for entrepreneurship. Her life story has inspired thousands of people around the world.
Michelle is passionate about giving back and supports a number of charity organisations. In 2001 she joined the Board of Directors for the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust, as part of which she dedicates time to mentoring and supporting young people throughout Scotland.