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Michael Samuel

Philanthropist & Businessman

London, UK

Michael Samuel
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Michael Samuel’s Biography

Michael is a philanthropist and businessman. He has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families since 2003 (having become a Trustee in 1993). He has steered the growth of the charity, cementing its position as the leading children's charity dedicated to providing training and support for child mental health services.

He is Chairman of the cross-party Board of Trustees of Full Fact. He Co-Founded the charity in 2010 with the aim of checking and correcting facts reported in the news.

Michael also Co-Founded and Chairs Civic, a not-for-profit which aims to support communities and organisations to accelerate impact. Civic works on a range of projects in the UK and overseas, for example working with Syrian refugees in Jordan and the Great Green Wall project in Africa.

Michael has a range of other charitable interests. In September 2022, he became Chairman of the Somerset Community Foundation, which funds local charities as well as inspires local giving and philanthropy. He has been a Trustee of Helpforce since 2019, designed to increase...
Michael is a philanthropist and businessman. He has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families since 2003 (having become a Trustee in 1993). He has steered the growth of the charity, cementing its position as the leading children's charity dedicated to providing training and support for child mental health services.

He is Chairman of the cross-party Board of Trustees of Full Fact. He Co-Founded the charity in 2010 with the aim of checking and correcting facts reported in the news.

Michael also Co-Founded and Chairs Civic, a not-for-profit which aims to support communities and organisations to accelerate impact. Civic works on a range of projects in the UK and overseas, for example working with Syrian refugees in Jordan and the Great Green Wall project in Africa.

Michael has a range of other charitable interests. In September 2022, he became Chairman of the Somerset Community Foundation, which funds local charities as well as inspires local giving and philanthropy. He has been a Trustee of Helpforce since 2019, designed to increase volunteering in the NHS, and has been particularly supportive of Prospect Burma. As a donor, he is Chairman and Trustee of five family charities.

In business, after training as a chartered accountant, he built up Mayborn Group, specialising in baby products, over the course of three decades. He served as Chief Executive from 1978 to 2006, growing the business from a £1.5 million to a £115 million turnover.

He has been Chairman of the outdoor clothing company, Muddy Puddles since 2011, and is Chairman of Murex Energy (renewable energy). He was previously Chairman of AGL, a communications agency. He is a Conservative Party donor and also actively farms in Somerset and Scotland.

In the New Year’s Honours list 2020, Michael was awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to Young People and to Mental Health.
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Michael Samuel’s Newsfeed

An open letter to the Prime Minister about the cost-of-living crisis

Michael Samuel MBE was a signatory to an open letter to the Prime Minister about the effects of the cost of living crisis.

Somerset Community Foundation welcomes new Chair

Following the retirement of Jane Barrie OBE DL, Michael Samuel MBE has become the new Chair of trustees of Somerset Community Foundation.

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Michael Samuel’s Background

Somerset Community Foundation
Chair of Trustees
Sep 2022 - Present
The Somerset Community Foundation is a charity that helps passionate people in Somerset change the world on their doorstep by funding local charities and inspiring local giving and philanthropy.
Anna Freud Centre
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Jul 2002 - Present
London, UK
The Anna Freud Centre is an international leader in child mental health research, training and treatment located in London.
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Other Business Interests

Full Fact
Chair of the cross-party board of trustees and Joint Founder
Jan 2010 - Present
London, UK
Full Fact is the UK's independent factchecking charity, promoting well-informed public debate on important issues.

Previous Board Positions

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The City Car Club
Non-Executive Chairman
Jan 2005 - Dec 2015
London, UK
City Car Club is one of the leading car club operators in the UK. With around 840 vehicles, it is the oldest and one of the largest car clubs operating at a national scale in the country. It was successfully sold in March 2015.
Rotala
Non-Executive Director
Jan 2008 - Dec 2010
London, UK
Rotala provides a range of transport solutions for businesses, local authorities, the public and private individuals.

Philanthropy

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Family Charitable Trusts
Chairman and Trustee
Jan 1990 - Present
London, UK
Hon A.G. Samuel Charitable Trust; Michael Samuel Charitable Trust; Col. W.H Micholls Trust; Peter Samuel Royal Free Hospital Trust; Peter Samuel Charitable Trust.
Helpforce
Trustee
London, UK
Helpforce are at the forefront of a national movement to improve the lives of NHS staff, patients and communities through the power of volunteering.
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Features

Michael Samuel delighted with Africa hosting COP27
Michael Samuel writes in The Point newspaper about the impact an African country hosting COP27 will have on world leaders, and the opportunities the event will provide to address the specific challenges to the environment Africa faces.

Publications

Nursery World
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Children & Young People Now
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Michael Samuel’s Education

Coopers & Lybrand
Trained as an Accountant