Duncan’s vehicle was blown up in Afghanistan by an IED whilst on patrol. As a double amputee he beat 300 applicants to become a team member in the televised Race to the South Pole with Prince Harry. He has cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats and proven that being a double amputee is not a limiting factor. His fascinating biography is due to be published soon and Duncan is a much sought-after inspirational speaker. Duncan epitomises the spirit of these awards and we are proud that he has given the awards his support.
Brooke Kinsella, MBE is a British actress, author and anti-knife crime campaigner. A graduate of the Anna Scher Theatre School, Kinsella has been acting since childhood. She has had various roles on television and in film. Kinsella’s family made headlines in the British press in 2008 following the murder of her half-brother, Ben, who was stabbed to death in June 2008. After his death, hundreds of people protested along with Kinsella over knife fatalities in London. ‘The British Citizen Awards are a way to honour ordinary people who do extraordinary things and I am proud to offer my support. There are so many wonderful people doing life-changing things in our communities and it is time they were recognised.
Captain Tristan Loraine BCAi is a former British Airways Captain, current CEO of multi award winning Fact Not Fiction Films Ltd and current co-chairman of the Global Cabin Air Quality Executive. Tristan is a former Ironman triathlon finisher, author and campaigns on environmental and human rights issues. In 2001, as a Health & Safety representative for the pilot union BALPA, he received a call from a fellow pilot who had become sick from exposure to contaminated air in the work place. This call changed Tristan’s life. He raised his concerns with the union membership and was elected to investigate matters further – Tristan’s work is still ongoing. Tristan was decorated with a BCAi for Services to Industry in January 2015 and currently remains the only person to have received a BCAi.
Shane Board, BCAv was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age ten which was life changing for Shane. Shane turned a negative into a positive and set out to prove that having to live with a potentially lifelong condition he could still follow his dreams. The list of his achievements are long since his diagnosis from becoming a national Karate champion to performing on stage as a warm up for Westlife, a body Double for Harry Potter and playing the son HG Wells in a BBC period Drama alongside Michael Sheen. Shane is an avid fund raiser for his charity, Diabetes Research as well as running his own ‘not-for-profit business with profits donated to fund medical research into finding a cure for Diabetes. Shane is currently working with music producer Simon Ellis (award winner) for his next music video to raise funds for his charity, Diabetes Research. Shanes is thrilled to be an Ambassador for the British Citizens Awards and proud to wear his medal.
Madi is an Entrepreneur who founded the Madi Group, a group of International private sector & not for profit companies. Her role as a member of EESC – a consultative body of the European Union – is to ensure that before legislation and directives are passed by the Committee they are consulted on the impacts of these regulations on civil society. “It is an honour when people call me inspirational. As an international speaker I am genuinely humbled. This recognition drives me to continue my work at the grass roots supporting those facing challenges. However, I am very much aware that there are thousands of people, just in the UK alone, who are inspirational. People committed to helping others less fortunate than themselves, people working to make our communities and our country great. It’s these people who inspire me. That’s why I am supporting the British Citizen Awards”.