We're governed by a group of independent trustees who bring a wealth of different backgrounds, experience and disciplines to the board
Michael Hintze - Chairman
Michael Hintze is the founder and Chief Executive of CQS, a global multi-strategy asset management group with over £7 billion under management. Prior to this, Michael was Managing Director in the Leveraged Funds Group at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) after a period as Managing Director and European Head of Convertibles. Before joining CSFB in 1996, Michael worked at Goldman Sachs for 12 years in a variety of senior roles after leaving Salomon Brothers, New York in 1984. He began his career as an Electrical Design Engineer for Civil and Civic Pty Ltd in Australia before serving in the Australian Army as a Captain in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
Michael has significant and wide-ranging philanthropic interests and to consolidate these, the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation was established. Since inception in 2005, almost 150 charities have received funding from the Foundation. Major donations have, amongst others, provided funding to Trinity Hospice in south London, established the chair of International Security at the University of Sydney, enabled the restoration of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican, sponsored two major galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum and provided vital funding to the Old Vic Theatre in London. Michael is a Trustee of the National Gallery, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, the Institute of Economic Affairs, the University of Sydney and the Wandsworth Museum. He also serves on the International Council of the V&A and is a Patron of the Arts of the Vatican Museums. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory in 2005, subsequently Knight Grand Cross, and in January 2008 he was honoured as “Australian of the Year” in the UK. In November 2009, Michael and his wife Dorothy received the Prince of Wales Award for Arts Philanthropy.
Michael is a fluent Russian speaker. He holds a BSc in Physics and Pure Mathematics and a BEng in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Sydney. He also holds an MSc in Acoustics from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dominic Richards - Vice Chairman
Entrepreneur in China (Education) and the UK (Property), Dominic was raised in Australia & England. After graduating from King's College, Cambridge, Dominic co-founded the English Teddy Bear Company, which was sold to toy giant Hamleys. Dominic has enjoyed much success rescuing and finding new uses for wonderful buildings in the UK and is Vice Chairman of The Prince's Foundation. The Yaxley Group now comprises a successful country house venue at his home in Suffolk, leisure property including its current project, a 68 bedroom eco farm conference centre, and consulting and online education in China.
Valeri Belokon was born in Riga (Latvia), 14 February 1960. Studied at the University of Latvia (Department of Philology) and the University of Massachusetts, USA Since 1988, Valeri has held senior management positions in various international companies, strengthened positions both locally and globally, and acquired a vast professional experience in finance.
The re-establishment of Latvia’s independence bought about new opportunities for operating on the financial markets. Valeri founded the First Belokon Company and the first Baltic Stock Exchange (BSE). He established Baltic International Bank (1993), Latvia’s first ever bank to roll out a new specialised service model – private banking service. Valeri is founder and main shareholder of JSC Baltic International Bank and of JSC Belokon Holding-managed companies (investment services), founder of Hercogiste Media LLC (media business), and founder of the Riga Golf School, the first ever in Latvia – in line with his specific focus on social projects.
Since June 2006, Valeri Belokon has been the President and co-owner of Blackpool football club. In 2010, Valeri was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Prince's Foundation. Together with HRH Prince of Wales, Sheikha Fadia Al-Sabah (the Kuwaiti Royal family), Valeri Belokon is a co-shareholder of an international joint venture Community Capital (PF Urban).
Valeri is a Board member of the Latvian-American Financial Forum (LAFF). He participated in a variety of economic and financial forums. Valeri is greatly committed to social initiatives and patronage.
Christopher Boyle is a barrister, specialising in Town and Country Planning, Environmental, Compulsory Purchase and Infrastructure Law at Landmark Chambers, London. Since 2006, he's been Secretary of the Planning and Environment Bar Association and he was a founder committee member of the Compulsory Purchase Association.
In 2007 Christopher was elected to the Council of the National Trust (NT) and was appointed to the NT Land Use and Access Panel in 2009. He subsequently served on the NT Stonehenge Advisory Group. From 2007-2011, Christopher sat as an Associate Director of the University of Cumbria. Christopher was educated at Sedbergh and at Merton College, Oxford.
He's married with three children and lives in Cumbria, where he organically farms a 400 acre upland estate. He's a member of the Georgian Group and the Garden History Society.
Peter Dart is a marketer, working for Sir Martin Sorrell in WPP. He worked closely with the Foundation management team to develop the new brand identity for the Prince's Foundation for building community.
Previous to WPP Peter was an entrepreneur, founding a marketing consultancy called Added Value, in 1988, that he sold to WPP in 2001. Before that he was a marketing director for Unilever in Europe and Asia.
He read Physics in Hertford College, Oxford, where he was also the Organ Scholar. He owns one of England's award-winning vineyards - Stanlake Park - where he lives with his wife Annette and their three teenage children.
Mark Hoare specialises in alterations and repairs to historic buildings and in the design of new buildings in historic contexts or other particularly sensitive settings. Wherever possible he endeavours to use ecological and low-carbon design solutions which evolve local building traditions and enhance local identity. The marriage of natural local materials with appropriate new technology and materials is a key element of this in his new work as well as ‘conservation’. Mark joined ADAM Architecture in 2008 and became an Associate Director in May 2009.
Prior to joining ADAM Architecture, Mark was involved in the design of new buildings in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, listed landscapes and a World Heritage Site. A former Lethaby scholar of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, he's a Trustee of the Prince’s Foundation and a member of the National Trust’s advisory Architecture Panel. From 2005 to 2008 he worked on Climate Change related issues across the built and natural environment as the Soil Association’s Design and Development Adviser.
Hayley De Putron
Haley was first involved with De Putron Fund Management Limited in 1999. She was educated at Manchester University in Oriental Studies. Hayley joined JP Morgan Management Training Programme in 1987. Focusing on the Middle East she moved to Merrill Lynch London in 1993, then to Merrill Lynch Singapore. She took career retirement from Merrill Lynch in 1998 and joined the DPFM group of companies in 1999. Hayley and her husband live with their four children in the Channel Islands.
Hayley is involved with wide ranging philanthropic endeavours. She is the patron of OXPIP, The Oxford Parent Infant Project and NORPIP, The Northamptonshire Parent & Infant Project. The charities are focused on early attachments with infants under the age of two. She has a keen interest in educating disadvantaged children. Hayley joined the Prince's Foundation as a Trustee in 2009 and is also a Trustee of The Ana Leaf Trust.
Hank Dittmar - Chief Executive
Hank Dittmar has been Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation since January 2005.
Until 2008, Hank was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism and also served as Executive Director of the Surface Transportation Policy Project.
Hank has over twenty years of international experience in urban design and development and urban and transport policy. Prior to assuming the post with The Prince's Foundation, Hank was President and CEO of Reconnecting America. Hank was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Advisory Committee on Transportation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the President's Council on Sustainable Development's Metropolitan Working Group, which he served as Chair.
He's a Senior Research Associate at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment and was outstanding Alumnus of the Graduate School of the University of Texas in 2008. In 2008 he wrote the book "Transport and Neighbourhoods."