Who we are

The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are managed by The Royal Anniversary Trust – an independent charity which recognises and promotes innovation by UK colleges and universities that benefits wider society.

The Trust also manages the Platinum Jubilee Challenge, launched in 2022.


The Royal Anniversary Trust was established in 1990 as a charity registered in England, No. 1,000,000. This acted as a mechanism through which the nation could mark, during 1992, the 40th anniversary of The Queen’s accession and express appreciation for her four decades of service as Head of State. After the national programme of celebration marking this anniversary, the Trust set up The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s approval and all-party support in Parliament. The scheme began in 1994.


A Board of Trustees, drawn from academia, public and business life, sets the direction and manages implementation of the scheme:

Sir Damon Buffini – Chairman

Sir Martin Donnelly KCB CMG

Professor Sir Peter Gregson FREng

Tracey Harrison

Dame Lin Homer DCB

Sir Frank McLoughlin CBE

Mrs Heidi Mottram CBE

Professor Dame Shirley Pearce DBE


Kristina Murrin CBE is CEO of The Royal Anniversary Trust, the charity that manages The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes scheme.


The Royal Anniversary Trust is grateful for the support of our primary sponsor, Amazon Web Services (AWS).


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