Sir John & Lady Frances Sorrell
Sir John & Lady Frances Sorrell (née Newell) have worked together for over thirty years. Their company Newell and Sorrell, grew from a kitchen table start-up in 1976 to become one of Europe's biggest and most successful design and identity businesses, winning hundreds of awards for creativity and effectiveness.
After selling their business in 1999, they set up the Sorrell Foundation, a charity which aims to inspire creativity in young people and improve quality of life through good design. Since then they have worked with thousands of young people, pioneering the idea of pupils as consumers of education.
Its joinedupdesignforschools programme has established the concept of pupils as clients, giving them creative skills for life and work, and involving them in the way their schools are designed. At the heart of the foundation's work is the principle of listening to the voices of young people, treating them as clients in projects where they set the brief and designers and architects work for them.
John and Frances have held a variety of public and private sector appointments over the years and have been awarded a number of honorary fellowships and doctorates. Frances is Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts London and was a Trustee of Mencap, where she created their 'Snap' photographic competition, which fosters understanding of people with a learning disability.
John chaired the Design Council from 1994 to 2000 and has been the Chairman of CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) since 2004. He originated and chairs the London Design Festival, now in its sixth year, with over 200 events in the capital in September. John was appointed CBE in 1996 and was awarded a Knighthood 'for services to the creative industries' in the 2008 New Year Honours List.
'They managed to put design on the educational agenda at a time when it was being squeezed out and at a time when it wasn't a political priority and I don't think there is anyone else in the country that could have done that'
Estelle Morris - Baroness Morris of Yardley