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:

  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities by inspiring other volunteers
  • display an ability for being an outstanding motivator who guides other volunteers to deliver high impact for Macmillan in the local community
  • demonstrate exceptional leadership skills that are recognised by the volunteers who this nominee leads
  • lead by example and champions others. 

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

Hilary joined the Newcastle Friends of Macmillan Committee in Staffordshire 25 years ago, making the group into the fundraising powerhouse it is today. Hilary thinks big, using her contacts and networking skills to develop innovative new fundraising events. Thanks to her, the committee’s biennial black-tie balls have become the most prestigious charity events in Staffordshire. With her unwavering can-do attitude and fantastic sense of humour, Hilary leads by example, baking cakes for Coffee Morning, selling tickets and inspiring and supporting the other volunteers on the committee – one of whom nominated her for this award.

For any further queries, please contact our Volunteering team at or on 020 7840 4644.