Lorraine Heggessey became the CEO of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the beginning of May 2017. It is the only forum where all three Principals, shortly to be joined by a fourth, Ms Meghan Markle, work together to actively bring about lasting change. They believe that when people come together they can achieve great things. Collaboration is at the heart of everything the Royal Foundation does. The focus is on projects that meet some simple criteria – they reflect the interests and passions of the Principals and matter to society; they bring about sustainable change and alter mindsets; they are innovative and don’t duplicate activities that are already underway.
The Royal Foundation is actively involved in working with young people across a wide range of projects including Full Effect that diverts school children away from gangs and violence; Coach Core that trains disadvantaged young people, who are not in education or employment, to become sports coaches; Cyberbullying Taskforce which brings together leading tech companies to tackle this critical issue and launched the ‘Stop, Speak, Support’ campaign; Heads Together a campaign and a range of programs aimed at removing the stigma from mental health and directing people to the right support whenever they need it; Endeavour Fund supporting the recovery and rehabilitation of veterans through sport.
This is Heggessey’s first executive role in the charity sector following a career in the television sector. She is also Chair of The Grierson Trust, a charity that promotes the art of the documentary and supports young people from diverse backgrounds who aspire to become documentary film makers.