We are pleased to announce our two speakers are both women of extraordinary achievement themselves. Dame Esther Rantzen DBE will be giving the keynote speech and we are using this opportunity to support her brilliant Childline charity, donations can be made here. Charlotte Valeur, Global Governance Group, will also speak on Diversity and Inclusion, following her recent very brave announcement about autism.
Finalists will be announced at the beginning of August.We'd like to thank all of our judges who have supported us this year. A full list of judges can be found here.We look forward to you all joining us for our first ‘Virtual’ London and South Awards ceremony, please book your place by signing up below.
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Dame Esther Rantzen DBEDame Esther received an OBE for services to broadcasting, a CBE for services to children, and in the New Year Honours of 2015, a DBE for services to children and older people through ChildLine and The Silver Line. A graduate from Oxford, Esther Rantzen’s career in broadcasting began with BBC Radio as a sound effects assistant. From there she moved into television as a researcher/reporter for Braden’s Week and then in 1973 as producer/presenter of That’s Life, which ran for 21 years on BBC Television. Esther has made a number of pioneering programmes on subjects such as British women’s experience of childbirth, stillbirth, mental health and child abuse. In 1986 she invented the concept of ChildLine and chaired the charity for 20 years. After the merger of ChildLine with the NSPCC in February 2006, Esther became President of ChildLine and a trustee of the NSPCC. In 2012 she invented The Silver Line, a helpline for older people and having chaired it in its first year, she is now its President and a Trustee.She contributes regularly to the Daily Mail and other publications, and lectures on children’s issues, broadcasting and is the only Trustee so far to have appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, been in ITV’s Australian jungle and appeared on Question Time while standing as an independent candidate for Luton South. For her work in broadcasting and for children she has been awarded 7 honorary doctorates, and is a Patron of 19 charities. In 2011 she published “Running Out of Tears” to celebrate ChildLine’s 25th Anniversary. ChildLineA child contacts Childline every 25 seconds.They talk to us about things like bullying, self-harm and depression. Problems that children often feel they can’t talk to anyone else about.With your generosity and support Childline can be here to help those young people find their voice.We’re here for children who feel they have no one else to talk to and nowhere else to turn. Every day of the year, 24 hours a day, our counsellors are there to listen, whatever their worry, online and on the phone.The good news is that many children did find the courage to speak to us last year and get the help they need so they can get their life back on track.But this number puts a great strain on our services. The simple truth is, we can only respond to 3 out of 4 children who need our help. It’s only with the support of people like you that Childline can continue to be there for the children who desperately need us so that they can look to the next day with hope. Donations can be made here.Charlotte Valeur, Global Governance GroupOver the last decade, Charlotte been a director of 7 public companies, including three appointments as chair. During that period she has taken part in a complete restructuring of NTR Plc, the sale of REG to BlackRock and, as Chair, overseen a $8bln Merger of Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc with its US NYSE listed parent. Charlotte also has a range of unlisted board experience with companies including international engineering firm Laing O’Rourke. She has been a member of the IoD for over a decade.Charlotte is a corporate governance expert and a keen advocate for diversity in the boardroom, underpinning this advocacy with action by founding Board Apprentice. This not-for-profit organisation provides individuals hands-on experience at the very top of business, and has been cited in the Government’s recent reviews on ethnic and gender diversity in UK boardrooms as a resource for bringing about real change.Before entering the field of governance, Charlotte worked in finance, where she has over 30 years’ experience. Her career included stints with Societe Generale, BNP-Paribas, and S.G. Warburg. Charlotte grew up and studied in Copenhagen, and is conversant in six languages.
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