Judge Profile

Tessy Ojo
The Diana Award

Tessy Ojo is the Chief Executive of the Diana Award - a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world. The Diana Award’s mission is to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people. Here is a short video from the charity’s 18th birthday event in December 2017: https://youtu.be/xLiUJf-TqJM

The charity benefits from the support of The Royal Highnesses, Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as the UK Prime Minister as a Patron.

Tessy is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for ‘fostering positive change in the lives of young people’ 'and the impact it has on communities around them. At the heart of her work is the belief that with the right support and investment, young people are the best instigators for achieving real, sustainable change in their lives, their communities and the lives of their peers.

Tessy is a conference speaker and regularly comments on issues around youth participation, social mobility, tech for good, Antibullying, online behaviour, digital resilience, identity, leadership, future of work, charity growth, active inclusion and governance. Here is a clip from a recent TV interview on Britain’s foremost breakfast show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbCE4LLSZpo

With over 19 years’ third sector leadership and in-depth knowledge of working across British establishments, she has led The Diana Award through a significant period of turnaround ensuring its long term sustainability. Tessy is a member of the BBC’s Appeals Advisory Committee which reports to the BBC’s Executive Board. She is also a member of The Royal Taskforce on Cyberbullying, an Executive member of UKCISS (UK Council For Child Internet Safety), a trustee of Comic Relief and a number of charities including Generation Change, a coalition of charities with a focus on Quality Youth Social Action.

She also sits on the advisory group of the government's character education taskforce as well as the governing body of a chain of academies in London. Tessy is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Institute of Directors.

She has also won various awards recognizing her contribution to the sector such as The Precious Award, Inspiring Leader 2015, Women in Business Rising Star 2015 (London Region), Excellence Award from Eva Longoria’s Global Gift Foundation and many more.

Prior to joining the Diana Award, Tessy worked in the corporate sector for over 10 years supporting the business growth function through the implementation of business critical technology & operational projects.

Tessy has a first degree in Biochemistry, an MBA and a post grad diploma in Counselling.

She is married and has two children.