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Chaired by former Prime Minister David Cameron, we've chosen nineteen NCS Patrons to work with us to ensure as many Year 11 teenagers as possible get to experience NCS; helping to create a more engaged, more cohesive and more socially mobile society. 



NCS Patrons span the political and social spectrum and are highly accomplished individuals who have excelled in their respective fields. With expertise in education, the cultural industries, media, charity and business the Patrons will bring their knowledge, passion and energy to NCS.



For more information about our patrons, download the press release here.


  • David Cameron
    David Cameron
    Chair of NCS Patrons

    David Cameron served as Prime Minister from 2010-2016, leading Britain's first coalition government in nearly 70 years and, at the 2015 General Election, forming the first majority Conservative government in over two decades.
    Today, he continues to focus on issues he advanced while in office. He is Chairman of Patrons at National Citizen Service; President of Alzheimer's Research UK; and he is chairing the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, under the auspices of the International Growth Centre.

NCS Patrons
  • Lord Adonis
    The Rt. Hon. The Lord Andrew Adonis
    Labour Peer

    Andrew Adonis is a Labour peer. He was Tony Blair’s domestic policy architect, heading the No. 10 Policy Unit before being appointed Minister for Schools (2005-2008), and Transport Secretary (2009-2010). Teach First, academy schools, HS2 and Crossrail are his proudest achievements.

  • Tim Allan
    Tim Allan
    Portland Communications

    Tim founded Portland in 2001 after a career spanning business and political communications.

    He spent 6 years working for Tony Blair in Opposition and then in 10 Downing Street. He was a key media adviser during the 1997 election campaign and then served as Deputy Press Secretary in Number 10 during the early period of the Blair government.

  • Lord Waheed Alli
    The Lord Waheed Alli
    House of Lords

    Waheed Alli is a British media entrepreneur and politician. He was co-founder and managing director of Planet 24, a TV production company, and managing director at Carlton Television Productions. Until November 2012 he was chairman of He is the Chief Executive of Silvergate Media, Chairman of Koovs Plc, and is a Labour life peer.

  • The Baroness Benjamin OBE, DL (Floella)
    The Baroness Benjamin OBE, DL
    House of Lords

    Actress, author and campaigner for children's wellbeing. Baroness Benjamin entered the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat peer in 2010 and is a Vice President of Barnardo’s. Over the years has been an advisor and patron of many children's charities including Action for Children and Sickle Cell Society. In 2004 she was awarded the BAFTA Special Lifetime Award for services to children's television.

  • Baroness Brady OF Knightsbridge CBE (Karren)
    Baroness Brady OF Knightsbridge CBE
    West Ham Utd

    Karren Brady is Vice Chairman of West Ham F.C, a Peer in the House of Lords and features on BBC’s The Apprentice. She is the Small Business Ambassador for the Government, one of the UK's leading Female Business Speakers and she is a non-executive director of global media, fashion and university businesses.

  • General Sir Nick Carter
    General Sir Nick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen
    British Army

    General Carter joined the Army as an 18 year-old and joined the Royal Green Jackets. He has seen active service in Germany, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2014 he has been the Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army.

  • Dame Louise Casey DBE CB
    Dame Louise Casey DBE CB
    Dept for Communities and Local Government

    For 17 years Dame Louise has been instrumental in developing a number of bespoke Government social policy programmes, drawing upon her leadership experience at homeless charity Shelter. Dame Louise helped establish the Institute for Global Homelessness, and led a review into opportunity and integration in isolated communities at the request of the Prime Minister. 

  • Dame Sally Coates DBE
    Dame Sally Coates DBE
    United Learning

    Dame Sally Coates is an acclaimed secondary school ‘super-head’, author, and currently the United Learning director of academies in southern England. Dame Sally was head teacher at Burlington Danes Academy, leading it from special measures to outstanding in all areas, and carried out a teaching review on Teachers Skills for the Department for Education and an independent review into Prison Education for the Ministry of Justice. 


  • Nicola Dandridge CBE
    Nicola Dandridge CBE
    CEO of Office for Students

    In September 2017, Nicola Dandridge became the first Chief Executive of the Office for Students. OfS is a new public body, established to be the regulator for the Higher Education sector, with student interest at its heart. Most recently, Nicola was Chief Executive of Universities UK, the representative body for universities.

  • Jamal Edwards MBE
    Jamal Edwards MBE

    One of the UK’s most exciting young entrepreneurs, Jamal Edwards has helped launch the careers of stars like Ed Sheeran and many more. The founder of SB.TV, Jamal has been named one of the Forbes ‘top 30 under 30’ and was awarded an MBE in 2014.

  • Carolyn Fairbairn
    Carolyn Fairbairn

    Carolyn joined the CBI as Director General in November 2015. She spent her early career at McKinsey, and later served as BBC’s Director of Strategy. Carolyn created and launched Freeview and later became an executive board member at ITV. From 1995-97, Carolyn was a member of the Number 10 Policy Unit.

  • Bear Grylls
    Bear Grylls
    The Scouts Association

    Adventure TV host Bear Grylls is an ex 21 SAS soldier and best selling author who became one of the youngest-ever climbers of Mount Everest.
    He has hosted extreme adventure TV shows, including the award-winning The Island with Bear Grylls, Man vs. Wild, Running Wild for NBC and Absolute Wild for Chinese TV. He is an honorary Colonel to the Royal Marine Commandos and the youngest-ever Chief Scout, an inspiration to forty million Scouts worldwide.

  • James Harding
    James Harding

    James oversees the BBC’s News and Current Affairs output. He joined the Financial Times in 1994 and his roles included Shanghai Correspondent, Media Editor and Washington Bureau Chief. He joined The Times in 2006 as Business and City Editor and worked as Editor from 2007 to 2012

  • Tom Harrison
    Tom Harrison
    CEO, England and Wales Cricket Board

    Tom is Chief Executive Officer at the England and Wales Cricket Board.  During his time there he has taken the game of cricket through a period of unprecedented growth, doubling the game’s revenues and negotiating the return of cricket to free to air television from 2020. A former professional cricketer, Tom is passionate about the power and influence that sport can play in empowering people’s lives, particularly young people.

  • David Joseph CBE
    David Joseph CBE
    Universal Music

    David Joseph leads Universal Music’s business in the UK and Ireland, overseeing the labels Capitol, Decca, Island, Polydor and Virgin EMI alongside the world’s most famous recording studios, Abbey Road. In 2015, Joseph became the executive producer of the Oscar-winning documentary Amy and in the 2016 New Year Honours was appointed CBE for services to the music industry. He has been at Universal Music since 1998.

  • Jude Kelly
    Jude Kelly CBE
    Southbank Centre

    Jude Kelly is Artistic Director of Southbank Centre. She founded Solent People's Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, and was the founding director of West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2011 she created the WOW – Women of the World festival, which is now in its 6th year at Southbank Centre and takes place worldwide.


  • Javed Khan

    Javed is Chief Executive of Barnardo's.  He leads the UK's oldest and largest children’s charity, having previously been CEO at Victim Support which he joined from the Government Office for London.  Originally trained as a Maths teacher, he has also served as a Director of Education in local government.

  • Robert Peston
    Robert Peston
    Speakers for Schools/ITV

    Robert Peston is ITV’s political editor, presenter of the politics show Peston on Sunday and founder of the education charity, Speakers for Schools. He has written three books,“How Do We Fix This Mess”, “Who Runs Britain?”, and “Brown’s Britain”. For a decade until the end of 2015, he was at the BBC, as economics editor and business editor. 

  • Justine Roberts CBE
    Justine Roberts CBE
    Mumsnet and Gransnet

    Justine Roberts CBE is Founder and CEO of Mumsnet, with over 11 million unique users per month. Mumsnet hosts around 170 local sites, a network of around 10,000 bloggers, and campaigns on issues such as miscarriage care and postnatal care. In 2011, Justine launched Gransnet, a website for the original baby boomer generation.

  • Sarah Sands
    Sarah Sands

    Sarah Sands  joined the Daily Telegraph in 1996 as Deputy Editor and was appointed the first female Editor of The Sunday Telegraph in 2005. In 2006 she worked as Consultant Editor on the Daily Mail and in 2008, she became Editor-in-Chief of the UK edition of Reader's Digest.  She was appointed Deputy Editor of the London Evening Standard in 2009 and became its Editor from 2012-2017. Sarah is currently the Editor of the Today Programme.

  • David Sheepshanks CBE DL
    David Sheepshanks CBE DL
    St George’s Park International Football Centre

    David Sheepshanks is the founding Chairman of St George's Park, FA National Football Centre, formerly Chairman of Ipswich Town FC and The Football League. He is also chairman of UK Community Foundations (UKCF), the umbrella organisation for all Community Foundations in the UK, which delivers grant making programmes and promotes local philanthropy through all 46 Community Foundations.