Tessy Ojo

Chief Executive Officer, The Diana Award in the United Kingdom

Tessy Ojo

Chief Executive Officer, The Diana Award in the United Kingdom

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Tessy Ojo is the Chief Executive of the Diana Award – the only charity that bears the name of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Diana Award supports the development of young people through arange of peer led programmes which aims to build character, develop skills andimprove the life chances of young people.

The charity benefits from the support of The Royal Highnesses, Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as the UK Prime Minister as a Patron.

Tessy is passionate about empowering and engaging young people in social action; helping them reach their full potential by creating access and opportunities for skills development and character building in young people. She is a conference speaker and regularly comments on issues around youth participation, charity growth, diversity, women in leadership and other social issues affecting young people.

With over 17 years’ third sector leadership and management experience, Tessy has led the organisation through a significant period of turnaround ensuring its long term sustainability.

Tessy is a member of the BBC’s Appeals Advisory Committee which reports to the BBC’s Executive Board. She is also a member of The Royal Taskforce on Cyberbullying, an Executive member of UKCISS (UK Council For Child Internet Safety), a trustee of a number of charities including Generation Change, a coalition of charities with a focus on Quality Youth Social Action. She also sits on the advisory group of the government's character education taskforce.

Tessy is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Institute of Directors. She has also won various awards recognizing her contribution to the sector such as The Precious Award, Inspiring Leader 2015, Women in Business Rising Star 2015 (London Region), Excellence Award from Eva Longoria’s Global Gift Foundation and many more.

Prior to joining the Diana Award, Tessy worked in the corporate sector for over 10 years and helped to implement the robust operational planning systems for IBM UK, Borders UK and more. Tessy also sits on the governing board of a chain of academies in London.

Tessy has a first degree in Biochemistry, an MBA and a post grad diploma in Counselling.

Tessy loves engaging audiences in topics such as young people, social mobility, Antibullying and behaviour, online safety and digital resilience, identity, leadership, future of work, innovative approaches to tacking social issues, charity and governance.

She is married and has two teenage children.

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