We are grateful to each and every individual that volunteers their time to advise, support and further our work.
Among these are our Vice Presidents, a select group of well-respected leaders who have an interest in using their expertise and networks in support of children’s rights. Vice Presidents take on this role in their individual capacities, as volunteers, and do not have formal or legal governance responsibility for the organisation.
UNICEF UK’s Vice Presidents are:
Dame Carolyn McCall joined ITV as Chief Executive in January 2018. Prior to joining ITV, Carolyn was Chief Executive at easyJet, a UNICEF corporate partner which has raised more than £8 million since 2012. She is also a non-executive director of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and of Burberry Plc. In 2016 she was awarded a Damehood for services to aviation and became a Vice-President of UNICEF UK in February 2017.
Marc Bolland is Head of European Portfolio Operations of private equity businesses at Blackstone. He was previously Chief Executive of M&S and has been involved with UNICEF UK since 2010, by volunteering his time to our London and Copenhagen offices during a sabbatical, and by acting as a Vice-President.
Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE became a Vice-President in 2011. He is KPMG’s Global Head of Citizenship and Diversity, a non-executive director of British Telecom and a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation. In January 2003, Michael was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to crime reduction, and in 2005 was awarded the honour of an independent peerage to the House of Lords .
Mark Makepeace is Chief Executive and founder of FTSE Group. He became a Vice-President in 2011 and has been a long-time supporter of UNICEF, being awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of innovative charity work by UNICEF UK in 2002.
Lord Jack McConnell was First Minister of Scotland from 2001 to 2007 and UK Special Representative for Peacebuilding 2008-2010. He is Co-Chair of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development; a global adviser on international development and post-conflict reconciliation; and was appointed Chancellor of the University of Stirling in 2019. He became a Vice-President for UNICEF UK in 2015.