Awards shortlist announced

Outspoken Kids Company chief executive Camilla Batmanghelidjh joins travel writer Bill Bryson, finance project Vensuresome and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust on the shortlist for this year's Britain's Most Admired Charity awards.

They are in the running for Britain’s Most Admired Charity Chief Executive, Most Admired Celebrity Charity Champion, Most Innovative Charity and Most Admired Charity (respectively). Full shortlists are published below.

Now in its fifth year, BMAC’s special trademark is that the winners are selected by the chief executives of charities and voluntary organisations. Three of the shortlists were chosen by Third Sector from nominations submitted by a ten-strong panel of leaders in the sector. The shortlist for the Celebrity Charity Champion category was compiled by Third Sector from our weekly Celebrity Watch page.

Charity chief executives are eligible to vote for the winners by completing a short survey, which is available at

The winners will be announced at a reception on Wednesday 21 November at the City of London headquarters of our sponsor, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

The shortlists

Most Admired Charity
Carers UK
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
Prostate Cancer Charity
Young Minds

Most Admired Chief Executive
Camilla Batmanghelidjh, Kids Company
Kevin Curley, Navca
Stephen Hammersley, Community Foundation Network
Fiona Reynolds, National Trust
Adam Sampson, Shelter
Waseem Yaqub, Islamic Relief

Most Innovative Charity
Ark (Absolute Return for Kids)
CAN (Community Action Network)
Male Cancer Awareness Campaign
Media Trust

Celebrity Charity Champion
Bill Bryson
Charlie Dimmock
Dame Kelly Holmes
Joanna Lumley
John McCarthy
Michael Palin


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