Our Team

  • Sir Richard Branson
    Sir Richard Branson
    Patron
Sir Richard Branson
Patron
The incredible success of the Virgin Group has been led by the only person on the planet to build eight billion dollar companies in eight different sectors. In 2004 Richard established the non-profit foundation Virgin Unite to tackle tough social and environmental problems and strives to make business a force for good. Most of his time is now spent working with Virgin Unite and the organisations it has incubated, such as The Elders, Carbon War Room, B Team and Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the OceanElders.
  • Andy McQuillan
    Andy McQuillan
    Trustee
Andy McQuillan
Trustee

Andy was one of the initial trustees appointed on the formation of the Colourful Life Foundation. He trained with a big-4 international accountancy practice as a Chartered Tax Adviser and Accountant who brings with him a wealth of knowledge on the accounting and tax matters relevant for the Foundation and the tax position for donors, both corporate and individuals.

Having acted for the Foundations main sponsor and founders, the Bennett family, for over 15 years he was asked to become trustee to bring his expertise to the internal governance of the organisation.

  • Steve Bennett
    Steve Bennett
    Trustee
Steve Bennett
Trustee

The current decline in our nation’s health makes me frustrated, furious and fired up to create change!


I am driven by a feeling of duty to pass on the knowledge I have gained in turning my own health around (I was obese for over 25 years) to others. To do this, I spend most of my working days on several different approaches to health education.

I am passionate about helping prevent and reverse, type 2 diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome across the UK. Therefore, I spend my working days on several different approaches. As best as I can I use my business experience to amplify the voices of an ever growing force of brilliant doctors, GPs, nutritionists and medical experts, to communicate their message of how to achieve good metabolic health, focusing on preventing what is preventable and curing what is curable direct to the public. I created Health Results to help people explore, measure, and improve their metabolic health and I am a benefactor to both the Public Health Collaboration and the Bennett Foundation.

I am a dad to 7 wonderful children and 2 adorable grandchildren. My day job after the morning school run is following my passion to educate our country about metabolic health. I love adventures too, and have trekked to the North Pole, sailed across the Atlantic, undertook some mammoth Strive Challenges and more recently, along with several members of the PHC, cycled 500 miles in five days with Zero calories!
Click here to watch ‘Zero Five 500’ on YouTube.

In a previous life…

  • Owner & CEO of the UK’s fastest growing company 1996 “Sunday Times”
  • In 1998 -Co-founded Safepurge Ltd, the worlds first shower head to prevent legionnaires disease
  • Created jungle.com in 1999, built to £100 million in annual sales, then sold to Argos
  • 2002 created a TV shopping business which became Gemporia, which floated in 2006
  • Started The Bennett Foundation (previously called the Colourful Life Charity) in 2011 and over the past 11 years have built 14 schools in India, 4 in Tanzania and 1 in South Africa. Our charity has Sir Richard Branson as its patron, and currently has over 13,800 children studying at schools it created. Our focus is on health education
  • 2011 E&Y Turnaround Entrepreneur of the year
  • Owner & CEO of the UK’s fastest growing company 2012 “Sunday Times” (only person in UK to win twice)
  • Walked to the North Pole 2014
  • Owner & CEO of PCW International Business of the Year 2014
  • In 2017 so as to concentrate on improving the poor health of our nation, transferred 75% of ownership in Gemporia to employees
  • Stepped down as CEO of Gemporia in 2018 to further focus on studying health (including his own)
  • Wrote several health books, Primal Cure, Britain is Sick, Primal Gourmet and more recently Fat & Furious
  • 2020 Founded Health Results to help the nation get healthier
  • Became patron and main benefactor to the charity PHC (Public Health Collaboration), which aims to put prevention at the heart of the nations healthcare system
  • John Bennett
    John Bennett
    Trustee
John Bennett
Trustee
  • Philip Newborough
    Philip Newborough
    Trustee
Philip Newborough
Trustee

After more than a decade working with entrepreneurs who are helping to tackle some of the UK's biggest social and environmental challenges, I've seen first-hand that sustainable business can be an incredibly powerful force for good within deprived communities. That's why I’m so excited about what Colourful Life can achieve.


Philip, who recently joined the Colourful Life Board, has been the Managing Partner of Bridges Ventures since 2002. He is actively involved in much of the portfolio and has negotiated the successful exits of The Gym Group, Simply Switch, The Office Group and The Hoxton, among others.

Prior to Bridges Ventures, Philip managed two venture capital-backed businesses and a substantial pan-European business. He previously worked at Aiwa as Director and General Manager, and as Managing Director of MWB Business Exchange Ltd, a serviced office provider.

Philip has a BA Honours in Economics from York University and is a qualified chartered accountant.

  • Jack Bennett
    Jack Bennett
    Ambassador
Jack Bennett
Ambassador
  • Glenn Lehrer
    Glenn Lehrer
    Ambassador
Glenn Lehrer
Ambassador

Every Life matters. We all matter. We all have something Unique to contribute given the right Opportunity.


Glenn has been a trustee of the Colourful Life Foundation since 2012. He is recognized internationally as one of the finest gemstone carvers of our time. With 40 years experience in the gemstone industry, he works closely with mining communities around the world.

Glenn was given a lifetime honorary membership with International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) for his work consulting with the Board and staff to re-write and update their Constitution and By-laws.

Glenn has been a TV host on several large Gemstone and Jewelry Sales programs in the United States and England for his gem cutting knowledge and artistry, and continues to successfully sell his gemstones and jewelry on TV both in the UK and the USA.

  • Lady Jane
    Lady Jane
    Ambassador
Lady Jane
Ambassador
  • Sharmil Mathur
    Sharmil Mathur
    Ambassador
Sharmil Mathur
Ambassador

I don't believe the saying "one person can't change the world." I trust that a small effort can result into big changes.


Sharmil has previously worked with Save the Children and in her spare time provides much needed volunteering to SOS Orphanage, Teach India and the Jaipur Leprosy centre.

She graduated in Economics (Hons) and has a Masters in Management specialising in Marketing and HR from University of Rajasthan.

As our ambassador in India, Sharmil oversees our involvement in education projects in Jaipur and the surrounding area.

  • Joe Waddington MBE
    Joe Waddington MBE
    Ambassador
Joe Waddington MBE
Ambassador

I believe it is vital to enable vulnerable, marginalised members of society to lead independent, sustainable and fulfilling lives outside the cycle of donor dependency.


Our Ambassador in Tanzania, Joe has lived and worked in rural areas of East Africa for over 15 years, establishing Ace Africa in Kenya, UK and Tanzania (www.ace-africa.org).

Currently Ace Africa’s Country Director in Tanzania, Joe also leads the organisation’s research team conducting baseline and operational research for Ace programmes as well as commissioned researches for NGOs and the Corporate sector in Sub Sahara Africa.

  • Mark Jackson
    Mark Jackson
    Ambassador
Mark Jackson
Ambassador

Mark was appointed as a trustee in 2021. Mark’s background has predominantly been in managing call centres until moving into a Director role in 2014. Mark has worked for Gemporia in various Director roles since 2012 and The Colourful Life Foundation is very close to his heart: “Seeing first hand how CLF supports these underprivileged children warms one’s heart, the incredible work that our partners do in order to provide a stepping stone into a future that may have not been possible for them is just phenomenal.