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Sir John Sorrell CBE & Lady Frances Sorrell OBE

Founders of the Sorrell Foundation and Saturday Club Trust & Honorary Fellows (2016)

Sir John Sorrell CBE is a UK Business Ambassador, appointed by successive Prime Ministers to help promote Britain’s Creative Industries abroad. He is chairman of University of the Arts London, founder and chairman of the Creative Industries Federation and co-founder and chairman of the London Design Festival. Lady Frances Sorrell OBE is Chancellor of the University of Westminster, an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA, and holds Honorary Doctorates from the Open University, Coventry University and University for the Creative Arts.

Sir John Sorrell CBE and Lady Frances Sorrell OBE have worked together for nearly 40 years. In 1999 they set up the Sorrell Foundation with the aim of inspiring creativity in young people and more recently founded the Saturday Club Trust, a charity to manage the national network of Saturday Clubs that offer young people aged 13-16 the opportunity to study on Saturdays at their local university or college for free.

Arts University Plymouth (then Plymouth College of Art) awarded an Honorary Fellowship jointly to Sir John and Lady Frances Sorrell in 2016 in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the UK design industries and to social transformation achieved through the work of the Sorrell Foundation, including working with more than 10,000 young people through programmes including: joinedupdesignforschools, the Young Design Programme, Myplace, Design Out Crime and the National Saturday Club network.

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