The Richard Hambro Award

for inspiring leaders

About this award

Richard Hambro became Macmillan’s treasurer in 1983, and was chairman of the trustees from 1991 to 2001. As well as driving the growth of Macmillan during his chairmanship, Richard was an excellent ambassador for us. He was elected deputy president after stepping down as chairman and remained a valued supporter until he passed away in 2009.

The Richard Hambro Award honours volunteers who lead and manage groups to an exceptional standard, or inspire others to achieve outstanding success.

2017 UK winner - Hilary Barnes
The visionary leader paving the way

Since joining the Newcastle Friends of Macmillan committee in Staffordshire 25 years ago, Hilary has completely transformed the group into the fundraising powerhouse it is today.

As an visionary leader, Hilary thinks big and she’s always using her contacts and networking skills to develop innovative new fundraising events. Thanks to her, the committee’s biennial black-tie balls have gone on to become the most prestigious charity events in Staffordshire.

With her unwavering can-do attitude and fantastic sense of humour, Hilary leads by example. No one bakes more cakes for Coffee Morning, sells more tickets or dedicates more time to make the committee a success. She constantly inspires and supports her members – evidenced by the fact one of them took the time to nominate her for this award.

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