Our ambassadors donate their time and bring expertise from politics, business, religion and their networks to help our work.

We're hugely grateful for the support of our ambassadors. They give their time, energy and funds to help us reach more children and families all over the UK.

Sir Iain Livingstone

Sir Iain Livingstone is a former Chief Constable of Police Scotland. He joined the Lothian and Borders Police as Constable in 1992 and led several major investigations and operations throughout his career. As Chief Constable, he led the national Service through the Covid pandemic, the COP26 Summit, and events following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2015, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal and was knighted in June 2022 for his services to policing and the public. Sir Iain brings his expertise to support Action for Children’s work with children who are protected or supported by the police, and those involved in the criminal justice system.

Neville Shulman CBE

Neville has been a passionate and committed supporter for more than 20 years. He has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds for us during that time.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York, and Board Member of the Scientific Exploration Society.

Neville is an explorer, mountaineer and writer and has written many books on his exploits with his latest book being a U.S. novel titled – 'You are what you are'. He works in film, theatre and the Arts.

Baroness Kathleen Richardson of Calow

The Reverend Kathleen Richardson was appointed to the House of Lords in 1998.

Formerly a Methodist minister, she is particularly interested in church affairs and inter-faith relations. She was Chair of the London Ecumenical AIDS Trust and former Vice President of the Council for Christians and Jews.

Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell of Glenscorrodale

Lord Jack McConnell was First Minister of Scotland from 2001-2007 and joined the UK House of Lords in 2010. He is Chair of the McConnell International Foundation and Chancellor of the University of Stirling.

When he was Education Minister and First Minister, Jack supported many Action for Children campaigns and events including our annual event at the Edinburgh Festival. He is engaged in peacebuilding and educational development in several countries.

He is a passionate campaigner against child abuse and neglect and support for vulnerable teenagers.

Action for Children have my full support. They deliver vital services for some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK, and they speak up for them too.

Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell

Bill Bottriell

Co-founder of SThree (a leading computer specialist staffing company), Bill has been a tireless advocate and major supporter since 1998. He is a major donor who has given significant gifts to the organisation.

Bill supports our biggest annual fundraiser, Byte Night, now Boycott Your Bed, and has taken part each year since it was launched.

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top OBE

As a Member of Parliament, Hilary Armstrong has served on the opposition front bench as a spokesperson and a Government Minister.

Hilary regularly attends our events. She hosted the Parliamentary Reception, 2008, and acted as Chair at Party Conference breakfast summit in 2010. She is an active advocate of ours in the House of Lords.

Flora Martin MBE

Flora Martin MBE has supported Action for Children for over 20 years. She has been very actively involved in fundraising, most notably as a founding member of the Woman of Influence committee on which she served for ten years followed by nine years as a co-opted member of the Scotland Committee.

She continues to support the charity by attending events, encouraging her network to support and engage with Action for Children and sharing her expertise and knowledge when required.

Recognising past support:

Sister Eluned Williams MBE

This year marked the passing of Sister Eluned Williams MBE, one of Action for Children’s last Methodist-ordained ‘Sisters of the Children’.

Sister Eluned worked with us for 44 years, 25 of which she spent managing Ardwyn Children’s Home in Dinas Powys. She received an MBE for services to children and young people.

After her retirement, she continued as an Action for Children Ambassador. She is warmly remembered by all those whose lives she touched.

Gordon Bullock

Gordon’s involvement with us started when he was Chief Operating Officer for TK Maxx, who also supported our Employability Scheme.

Gordon is an experienced international retailer, having held the role of Managing Director of LC Waikiki, Turkey’s largest fashion retailer.

Paul Renney

As a consultant solicitor for Keystone Law, Paul supported us for a number of years. He served on the Board of Byte Night (now Boycott Your Bed), our largest fundraising event. His expertise has helped the event raise over £14 million.

Lavinia Carey OBE

As Director General of the British Video Association (BVA), Lavinia has been invaluable in fostering a partnership between us and the video industry. Led by the BVA, the industry has raised over £3 million for Action for Children.

Lady Henrietta St. George

Lady Henrietta is the Honourable Chair and a founding member of the Action for Children London Appeal Group. She is a major donor, having made personal donations to support our services.