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The Burberry Foundation


The Burberry Foundation is committed to improving the lives of young people across the globe.

By working with a network of global youth associations, The Burberry Foundation provides safe spaces for young people to gain confidence, develop valuable skills, and harness the power of creativity to drive positive change in both their lives and communities.

Building on our founder’s belief that creativity can open spaces, The Burberry Foundation’s work is guided by the principles of the Creative Youth Development Partnership’s framework and aims to showcase the importance of creativity to both the development of young people, and to driving wider social impact.

Our Focus Areas

Today, young people aged 10–24 form the largest generation of youth in history. By 2050, they are set to make up 90% of the global workforce.

We believe that supporting young people from an early age – especially those that have experienced challenging circumstances – is crucial to preventing youth unemployment and the long-term effects on mental health; as well as more generally, building a positive future for both our global communities and economy.

As a result, we put young people at the heart of our programming and work closely with them to define how to best support our four focus areas and to inform where our greatest impact can be.

Fostering creativity among young people

Fostering creativity among young people

Guided by the values of our founder, Thomas Burberry, and his ethos that ‘creativity opens spaces’, we believe that creativity plays a vital role in opening space for development, innovation and opportunity. This belief is supported by the principles of the Creative Youth Development Partnership framework, which is founded on research that shows creativity not only improves young people’s self-confidence, mental health and wellbeing, but also fosters a greater sense of connection, identity and hope for the future.

Developing young people’s life skills

Developing young people’s life skills

Life skills are important for building independence and social-emotional skills that can help young people to problem solve, communicate, self-manage and maintain relationships, all of which are integral to a healthy and successful future.

Building aspirations for future pathways

Building aspirations for future pathways

For many young people, there is a limited awareness of the educational and career pathways available. By enabling access to opportunities for personal development and mentorship, young people can develop a greater understanding of the skill sets required for specific pathways and foster greater career readiness. They are also empowered to explore the range of routes available and aspire for a future that they may not have otherwise dreamt of.

Engaging young people in their local communities

Engaging young people in their local communities

Working closely with communities allows young people to gain a better understanding of local needs and challenges, whilst also fostering a sense of responsibility and engagement. It also has great personal benefits, including building and improving an individual's sense of wellbeing.

Our Governance

Based in London, United Kingdom, The Burberry Foundation is an independent charity (UK registered charity number 1154468).  

Set up by Burberry Group plc in 2008 for general charitable purposes and grant-making, The Burberry Foundation is governed by UK charity law and a Board of four trustees, listed below. Under the chairmanship of Lord Chris Holmes, the trustees meet four times a year to validate grant-making and ensure that the Foundation’s vision and charitable purpose is being upheld.  

While funded by its corporate parent, The Burberry Foundation operates in full independence from Burberry and its commercial interests.  


  • Christopher Holmes

    Chair and Baron Holmes of Richmond, MBE

    Chris is a passionate advocate for the potential of technology and the benefits of diversity and inclusion. His core policy focus is on digital technology for the public good with a particular interest in technologies such as AI and blockchain and areas of application such as fintech and trade. 

    In Parliament, he is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, has introduced a private members’ bill that proposes the regulation of artificial intelligence and was integral to the passing of the Electronic Trade Documents Bill. 

    On inclusion, he has published reports on accessibility in the public realm and support for disabled students as well as Lords reports on Financial Exclusion [2017], Social Mobility [2016] and, for the Cabinet Office, The Lord Holmes Review on opening up public appointments to disabled people. He continues to advise the government on diversity and inclusion. 

    Prior to Parliament Chris was Director of Paralympic Integration at London 2012, responsible for leading the team that planned and delivered the London 2012 Paralympic Games. 

    An ex-Paralympic swimmer, Chris won nine gold, five silvers and one bronze medal across four Games, including a record haul of six golds at Barcelona 1992.

  • Edward Rash

    Trustee and General Counsel

    Edward Rash has been General Counsel of Burberry since November 2015. Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President Legal at Burberry, Vice President of Legal and before that, Director of Legal. 

    Prior to joining Burberry, he was Principal Legal Counsel at Thomson Reuters and a corporate lawyer at Simmons & Simmons. Edward studied for a BA Degree at Durham University and attended Guildford Law School, qualifying as a lawyer in 1998.

    Edward became a trustee of The Burberry Foundation in 2019, a position that has followed a lifelong commitment to supporting people in need, especially children. A dedicated runner, Edward has run numerous marathons for charity, including for Hope and Homes for Children and an organisation committed to raising crucial funds for incubators.

  • Fiona Campbell


    Fiona Campbell is Controller of Youth Audience for the BBC’s video on demand service I-Player. She oversees the commissioning of content for under 35s across the genres of Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Current Affairs and Entertainment. In addition, Fiona oversees off platform strategy in the areas of social media and gaming.

    Previously Fiona was Digital Director for BBC News where she developed BBC News presence on third party platforms as well as the BBC News app and website. She began her media career in production as a researcher on the Money Programme in London and subsequently spent 8 years at BBC’s Panorama specialising in investigations and documentaries in conflict zones such as Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

    She was born and brought up in Belfast, studied Economics at Jesus College Cambridge and has a Masters in International Affairs from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins, Bologna Italy. 

    Fiona is also a trustee of the Comic Relief Charity and an Advisory Council member at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy.

  • Gerry Murphy

    Trustee and Chairman

    Gerry Murphy has been Chairman at Burberry since 2018. Prior to this, he held a number of senior positions at global businesses including Tate & Lyle, British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA), Merlin Entertainments plc and The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP.

    Gerry has a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology from University College Cork, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science and Technology from University College Cork. Gerry also has a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from University College Dublin.

    Gerry brings the Board decades of international experience of corporate governance and managing business transformations across a number of global sectors including retail, manufacturing, business services and supply chains.

    Gerry is focused on alignment of the work of the Foundation with social and community work undertaken directly by Burberry to maximise the impact on the Foundation’s beneficiaries.


Our global programme: Burberry Inspire

Burberry Inspire is a global programme dedicated to providing safe spaces for young people to explore their creativity, develop new skills and build a more positive future. 

With a focus on young people aged 10-24, Burberry Inspire brings all youth-focused activity conducted by The Burberry Foundation and Burberry Group Plc together under a single identity. With Burberry Group plc partnerships focusing on in-school programmes and The Burberry Foundation on community-based youth organisations, Burberry Inspire is comprised of a network of partnerships in nine regions across the world, ensuring that the programme creates impact at both a global and local level. 

Offering skill development in a variety of fields, Burberry Inspire aims to create opportunities for over 500,000 young people to unlock their creativity and drive positive change in their lives and communities. 

Discover more about Burberry Inspire here.

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