Patrons

Raleigh International’s Patrons champion our work to new networks and the public, lending us their skills, knowledge, contacts and support. We are very grateful for their contribution.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph has been called the “the world’s greatest living explorer” by the Guinness Book of Records. He has raised over £18 million for UK charities through the extraordinary expeditions he undertakes. He is currently preparing for an attempt to be the first person to have crossed both polar ice caps – Antarctica and the Arctic – and climb the highest mountain on each continent. At a recent public speaking event, when asked what recommendations he would make to young people wanting to experience the world he answered ‘go on a Raleigh Expedition’.

Dame Fiona Woolf

Dame Fiona Woolf

Dame Fiona is currently a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna. She has worked around the globe in 38 different jurisdictions including many developing countries, supporting the World Bank. She has advised over 25 governments on reform strategy and liberalisation. In 2013 she was elected as the 686th Lord Mayor of the City of London. Later, she was honoured with a DBE (Dame Commander of the order of the British Empire) for her services to the legal profession, diversity, and the City of London. Dame Fiona was a Trustee for Raleigh International for 8 years.

Peter Cornthwaite

Peter Cornthwaite

Following a 35 year career with the Hong Kong Police Force, Peter retired as Assistant Commissioner Information Systems. Peter is currently the CEO of WWF-Hong Kong. In addition to operational policing, he is also highly experienced in human resources, law, leadership training and information technology, and has worked closely with local community groups across Hong Kong. Peter was a Raleigh volunteer in 1985, going on to play a key role with Raleigh Hong Kong in fundraising and preparing volunteers for their expeditions and developing Raleigh’s contribution within the community.

James Cochrane

James Cochrane

James has had a 30-year career in the pharmaceutical industry including being on the board of GlaxoWellcome plc in charge of all their international operations. He is also former Chair of the British Red Cross and former Chairman of the SW London NHS Strategic Health Authority, Vice Chair of TNT SA and has also served on the board of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Medicines for Malaria Venture. His four daughters have all been on Raleigh expeditions, and James was a Trustee for more than 7 years.