“ We are very pleased to welcome James as The Prince’s Ambassador in the North West. James is a very well respected member of the business community in the North West and has made great progress in supporting ex-offenders in particular. He will be a fantastic person to inspire other companies locally to reap the benefits of responsible business practice. ”
This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Prince of Wales’ Presidency of BITC. Every year, HRH personally appoints an inspirational business figure in each of the UK’s regions to represent the responsible business movement and inspire other businesses in the region to take action to address key issues. Ambassadors are chosen for their personal impact and for demonstrating leadership within their own business.
In a video played to guests at the North West Responsible Business Gala Dinner held on 16 June at Manchester’s Imperial War Museum, HRH The Prince of Wales said: “During my time as President of Business in the Community, I have learnt that almost every positive action that business takes is driven by dedicated individuals. My ambassadors embody the type of individual action and bold leadership that creates change. They are so effective because they lead by example, and because they use their business leadership skills and network of contacts to mobilise support from business in areas that need it the most.”
In his role at the helm of Timpson Ltd, James Timpson has made a huge commitment to supporting, training and employing ex-offenders within the business. James also encourages other business leaders to look at the issue of employing ex-offenders – he chairs the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending, which brings businesses together to help stop reoffending.
James commented: “It’s a huge honour to be appointed as the Prince’s Ambassador for Responsible Business. BITC has made real headway when it comes to helping ex-offenders get back into work, which drastically reduces the chances of reoffending. One of my priorities in this role will be to encourage other businesses in the North West to get involved with BITC’s brilliant employability programmes.”