Joe Saumarez Smith
Joe Saumarez Smith was born in Islington and has lived in the borough for most of his life. He is a passionate supporter of the Trust and is also involved in campaigns for prison reform and improvements to the rehabilitation of offenders.
Danny is the Managing Director of Romax Solutions Limited - an Essex based recruitment company which is fast becoming a major player in the Construction and Facilities Management sector of the industry. Danny met Brooke through mutual friends in 2014. Danny was so touched by Ben’s story and the Kinsella’s plight and having children himself, he feels extremely passionate about educating and supporting young people and because of this has provided the trust, both personally and through his company, with tremendous support over the past few years.
His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC
Nicholas is the Recorder of London, the most senior judge at the Old Bailey. He has supported the Trust for a number of years in the work it does to raise awareness amongst young people of the consequences of knife crime.
John has been a passionate ambassador for the charity for a number of years now.
Following previous charity challenges for Help for Heroes and Breast Cancer Awareness a chance meeting with friend Brooke Kinsella MBE at a charity awards event resulted in the birth of the Ben Kinsella Trust charity challenges. John and Brooke proceeded in setting up the first Ben Kinsella Trust challenge to Macchu Pichu in Peru. The trek culminated in reaching the summit on what would have been Ben's 21st birthday. This was followed by a Paris to London cycle challenge and in the summer of 2016 the 3 Peaks Challenge for Ben. The money raised through these challenges has allowed the Trust to continue to provide anti knife crime workshops to schools across London and the home counties.
Dominic is Group Chief Executive of the Business Design Centre in Islington and has spent most of his working life in the borough. Dominic first became involved as a Trustee of The Ben Kinsella Trust in 2010. He joined the Trust to help create and develop the Ben Kinsella Exhibition to highlight the dangers of knife crime and the devastating impact it has on families and friends and those affected by it. The exhibition was first launched at the Business Design Centre in September 2012, and he eventually retired as Trustee in 2013. He is delighted to have been invited to become a Patron of The Ben Kinsella Trust.
Jack is Chairman of the Business Design Centre in Islington and his family’s businesses have been based in the borough since 1954. He is Chairman of the Morris Charitable Trust, which supports numerous local community projects and charities. He is also Chairman of the Islington Giving Appeal which supports disadvantaged young people, tackles poverty, social isolation and mobilises volunteering in Islington. Jack is a member of the Mayor of London’s Enterprise Panel and Co-Vice Chair of London Council’s Young People’s Education & Skills, the lead strategic body for 14-19 education and training services in the capital. Jack was Chairman of The Ben Kinsella Trust from 2010 until The Ben Kinsella Exhibition was launched at the Business Design Centre in September 2012, and eventually retired as Chairman in 2013. He is delighted to have been invited to become a Patron.
A household name and one of Britain’s most loved actresses, Linda has been a close friend of the family for years. Since the beginning of the Trust, she has campaigned tirelessly and used her profile to help create awareness about knife crime.
Most famous for his role as Micky Miller in Eastenders and more recently for becoming King of the Jungle in ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here!’ Joe is an avid campaigner for the Trust. He donated his winnings from the Jungle and has made various other donations through TV appearances to the Trust, allowing us to get that step closer to fulfilling Ben’s legacy.
Robert Graham has been the accountant and a strong supporter of the Trust since it first began. He has played a vital part in setting up and establishing the Trust and although he fulfills his formal duties impeccably, he goes above and beyond to ensure the Trust and it’s work runs as smoothly as possible.
Kathy lived in Islington most of her life and has a strong personal connection to the area she has worked for the Business Design Centre for over fifteen years and is the Telecoms manager for the building. She began working for the Trust in it’s early days and was made a Patron because of her passion, dedication and commitment.
Father Jim Kennedy
Father Jim has been the family priest to the Kinsella’s for many years and officiated Ben’s Holy Communion and then sadly his funeral. He made Ben’s funeral as much of a celebration of his life as possible and has helped the family get through their grief and darkest days. Father Jim is extremely passionate about the Trust and it’s work and is a great source of advice and comfort.