Sir Martyn Lewis
Chairman at Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
During three decades as a television journalist Martyn anchored every mainstream national news programme on BBC TV and ITV, and now works extensively in the voluntary sector. His current charity roles include Chair of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, President of United Response, Vice-President of the three main national hospice charities, and Ambassador for Pennies and Internews. In 1995 he founded the UK’s first internet charity “YouthNet” (now The Mix”) and was its Chair for 20 years. He recently served 6 years as Chair of NCVO, the main umbrella body for the voluntary sector, and 4 years as a Director of IPSO, (the Independent Press Standards Organisation). As a long-time campaigner for "solutions-focused journalism", he remains Chair of NCVO’s “Constructive Voices” project, and Patron of the Patchwork Foundation and Positive News (www.positive.news). He is a regular after-dinner speaker, and also chairs conferences and debates. He recently narrated a 2-hour DVD on the 100th anniversary of the RAF. His new company, YourBigDay Ltd, offers unique video “time-capsules” for every date and almost every year over the last century, drawn from the Reuters and ITN archives, and ordered and delivered online (www.yourbigday.tv) - an innovative alternative to birthday and anniversary cards. Martyn was awarded a CBE in 1997 and a knighthood in 2016 for services to the voluntary sector.