Journalist and broadcaster Fiona Phillips is best known for her 12 years on the sofa as popular lead presenter for GMTV. Throughout her career Fiona’s genuine warmth, intellect and sense of humour has won her the affection of a national audience. Most recently Fiona fronted BBC1’s The Truth About…. Sugar as part of the channel’s investigative science documentary series and she will present another strand in the recommissioned The Truth About series this year. She is a regular presenter/reporter for BBC1’s Watchdog and has appeared on ITV’s Daybreak, Channel 4’s Countdown, BBC Two’s Daily Politics and The One Show. Fiona is an ambassador for the People’s Postcode Lottery. She writes a weekly column for The Mirror and has contributed to Tesco Magazine, Saturday Express Magazine and an Agony Aunt column for New Magazine.
Baroness Wilcom was educated at St Dunstan’s Abbey, Devon, St Mary’s Convent, Wantage then Plymouth University. She built a substantial business career running a family business in Devon and was President of Pecheries de la Morinie (1989-91) and Chair of Morinie et Cie (1991-94). She has held a number of long-standing non-executive roles, with The Automobile Association; The Port of London Authority; Cadbury Schweppes; Carpetright; Johnson Services; The Harris Academy and was Chair of the National Consumer Council (1990-1996). In 1996 she was made a Conservative life peer as Baroness Wilcox of Plymouth in the County of Devon. Lady Wilcox is Vice-President of The Girl Guides Association and Chairman of the Trustees of the Community of St. Mary the Virgin, Wantage, Oxfordshire. She is Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Harris Westminster Sixth Form School; Patron of the National Lobster Hatchery,Padstow; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds an Honorary Science Doctorate from the University of Plymouth.
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Dholakia DL, OBE
Lord Dholakia was schooled originally in Tanzania and India before coming to the UK to study. His overriding belief is that we all have a right to be treated fairly without reference to colour, race, nationality or ethnicity. He became a politician in 1966 and was Development Officer for the National Committee for Commonwealth Immigrants and later pursued work with the Community Relations Commissioner. In 1969 he became Secretary of the Liberal Party’s Race and Community Relations Panel. Then, from 1976 worked for the Commission for Racial equality and most recently, a member of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain. “There are many people in communities across the UK, from multi-cultural backgrounds, who are positively contributing to the lives of those around them. Their contributions often go unnoticed, can sometimes be taken for granted, and are rarely recognised. The British Citizen Awards is a way for the nation to thank these special people. By recognising the good work that these people are doing we may inspire others to do the same.”