Explore Enterprise, The Prince's Trust
Amount donated: £25,196
The Explore Enterprise programme supports young people interested in self-employment to explore and test their ideas, write plans and start their own businesses or achieve alternative outcomes in education, training, volunteering or employment.
Delivered by business experts over four days this programme equips young people to understand and prepare for setting up in business.
Venetia Fuller was educated in Scotland and Switzerland, her home being Ayrshire and Edinburgh. She worked for Malcolm Innes Gallery London. She married James in 2000 and they have two boys, Archie and Harry. She lives in Wiltshire at Neston Park and has Cannich in Inverness-shire.
She created Neston Park Farm Shop and in 2006 Amanda Allerton and Venetia invented The Dream Tube and created Dusky Moon.
“This is the seventh Woman of Achievement Luncheon. It is an incredible accomplishment and would not be possible without our very hard working committee and you, giving us your time and commitment today. Thank you.
The committee where delighted to present a cheque for over £17,000.00 to the Prince's Trust last year. This year we hope to raise the same for The Prince's Trust Youth Business Scotland Explore Enterprise Programme. The aim of the programme is to inspire, launch and boost young people aged between 18 and 30. It helps to educate them on how to start their own businesses. The Prince's trust gives one to one support to help explore and test their ideas with the aim of turning it into a business plan. It guides them on how to apply for loans and provides mentoring to develop their skills. This programme is vital to so many young people.
We are very grateful to continuing support from our Gold sponsor, RBS and our Silver sponsors, Diageo and Gleneagles who make it possible to give so much to The Prince's Trust. I would also like to thank all the people who have donated prizes for our raffle.
I hope you will enjoy listening to our accomplished and inspirational speakers, Kirsty Wark, journalist and television presenter. India Hicks, model, mother and entrepreneur and Rosamund de la Hey owner and founder of Main Street Trading. They have all achieved so much in an ever increasing competitive world.
Thank you again for all your support we do appreciate it greatly.“
Catriona Glover – Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador
Catriona grew up in a house with barred windows and doors as her family were missionaries in apartheid South Africa. Political tensions led to escalating violence toward the family until they were forced to come home to Scotland.
As Catriona began her art studies a brutal assault at the age of 18 left her isolated and struggling with post-traumatic stress.
Refusing to let her situation beat her, Catriona enrolled on Enterprise and spent the next year developing children's workshops and making props for commission. She also formed a positive network of friends and became a Prince's Trust Young Ambassador. Catriona has spoken as an Ambassador at several Prince's Trust events and inspired many young people and supporters. Catriona then got an opportunity of a lifetime - an internship New York Solomon R. Gurggenheim Museum. When her placement finished, Catriona moved to London to train with the internationally respected Hauser & Wirth gallery and looks forward to a bright future.
Rosamund de la Hey – Publisher turned Bookseller
After 15 years in publishing (most of it as marketing director with Bloomsbury Children's Books, home of Harry Potter among many others), Rosamund opened The Mainstreet Trading Company (Books, Café & Gifts) with her husband Bill in 2008.
Based in the Scottish Borders, the shop has built a loyal customer base, winning Independent Bookseller of the Year (British Book Awards) and Telegraph Best Bookshop in 2012. Later the same year, the shop expanded to include deli and home departments which, along with a lively events programme (including the likes of Clare Balding, Jeremy Paxman and Michael Morpurgo), has increased the shop's profile and 'destination' appeal.
India Hicks – Mother, Model and Designer
India Hicks is the daughter of David Hicks, the interior decorator, and Lady Pamela Hicks. She was educated at Gordonstoun and then backpacked around the world for a year before doing a foundation course in art in London. She then moved to Boston to take a degree in photography and graduated with honours. India went on to model for fashion houses such as Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani.
India lives with David Flint Wood, the father of her four children, on a small island in the Bahamas where they have built and restored four houses. She and David published a book 'Island Life' in 2003 and she has published a second book 'Island Beauty'.
India also designs collections of fine jewellery, bedding, bath and beauty products inspired by her life in the tropics which are sold under her website: indiahicks.com.
As well as their four children, India and David have fostered a Bahamian boy, Wesley, who was left an orphan when his mother died.
Kirsty Wark – Television Journalist and Broadcaster
Kirsty Wark is one of Britain's most experienced television journalists. She has presented a wide range of programmes over the years - from the groundbreaking Late Show to Election specials, live stadium events, and for the past twenty years, the BBC's flagship nightly current affairs show, Newsnight. For the past decade she has hosted the weekly arts and cultural review and comment show, The Review Show (formerly Newsnight Review).
She has conducted long form half hour interviews with everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Madonna, Harold Pinter to Pete Doherty, Damian Hirst to Toni Morrison, George Clooney and Donna Tartt. Kirsty has made cameo appearances in a range of television dramas, radio programmes and films. She has featured in Dr Who, Absolutely Fabulous, The IT Crowd, Spooks, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, The Acid House, Beyond the Pole, Party Animals, With Great Pleasure and The Politician's Husband. She reached the final in Celebrity Masterchef in 2011 and hosted the culinary quiz A Question of Taste for BBC2. She is currently making arts documentaries for BBC Television. Kirsty has won several major awards for her work induding BAFTAs for Journalist of the Year and Best Television Presenter.
Kirsty was born in Dumfries and educated in Kilmarnock. She is married to Alan Clements and has two children.