Executive team

Meet the Executive Team of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation.

John May, Secretary General John May, Secretary General

John is a campaigner, thought leader and storyteller who has spent his career working with young people and advising governments and civil society in the UK and around the world.

Before joining the Foundation, John became a Head teacher at the age of 28 and went on to develop a reputation for reforming underperforming schools.

Previously John was the national Education Director of Business in the Community, and a Chief Executive for Career Academies UK and Young Enterprise. John is a former non-executive director of UNICEF, a judge of the TES Schools awards and helped to found Teach First.

John is based in London but travels extensively around the world on behalf of the Award. He is an experienced public speaker and commentator on non-formal education and youth development globally. For the three years running John has been listed amongst the Top 30 Charity CEO’s on social media.

John writes a blog 'Lead, follow and then get out of the way'.




 Stephen De Wint, Chief Operating OfficerStephen De Wint, Deputy Secretary General

Steve joined The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation in 2010, to manage the One Award Alliance project and became Chief Operating Officer in February 2013.

Over the past fifteen years, Steve has worked in community sports development, within higher education, further education, local authority and charitable sectors. He has spent the past ten years working successfully in senior management within complex sports partnership settings in Greater Manchester, Lincolnshire and at national steering group level in the United Kingdom.

Most recently at the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership he developed the organisation from a small local authority unit into a significant new county charity and social enterprise, managing sport and physical activity across the county. Steve has a Bachelors degree in French and law, a Masters degree in sport and law, and an MBA focussed on third sector management. 

Gary Davis, Deputy Secretary GeneralGary Davis

Prior to joining The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation in January 2014, Gary spent 14 years working in the charity sector in senior finance roles at Oxfam, The Scout Association and Ramblers.

Gary started his career as a trainee accountant with a UK based firm called Mazars and, after qualifying as a chartered accountant, spent 18 months working for Ernst & Young in New Zealand followed by a couple of commercial roles in the UK.

Gary also volunteered for VSO in the Maldives for 18 months in the late 1990s and spent time volunteering for War Child in Northern Uganda.

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