Who we are

The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are managed by the Royal Anniversary Trust – an independent charity registered in England, No. 1,000,000. The Trust was established in 1990 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 The Queen’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 Frank McLoughlin CBE

Mrs Heidi Mottram CBE

Sir Richard Mottram GCB

Professor Dame Shirley Pearce DBE

Sir Martin Donnelly KCB CMG

Dame Lin Homer DBE

The Awards Council

The Trustees and:

Roger Dawe CB OBE

Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary Scottish Government

Dame Shan Morgan, DCMG Permanent Secretary Welsh Government

Jonathan Slater, Permanent Secretary Department for Education

Sir Jonathan Stephens KCB, Permanent Secretary representing the Cabinet Secretary

David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service


The Royal Anniversary Trust extends its thanks to past and current sponsors who have provided funding during its lifetime.

Support has been received from:

BAE Systems

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Department for Education

Gill Charitable Trust

Helen Hamlyn Trust

Man Group plc Charitable Trust

McGrath Trust

Jeffry & Valerie Montgomery

Shell International


The Wellcome Trust