Sir Martyn Lewis CBE
Adviser to the Board
In June 2016, Fountain were delighted to welcome Sir Martyn Lewis as Adviser to the Board, reinforcing our connection to the charitable sector and our commitment to making digital marketing an accessible and effective solution for nonprofit organisations.
Eminent broadcaster Sir Martyn Lewis’s career blends 32 years as a television journalist and news anchor with extensive experience in the charitable and business sectors. He joins Fountain with the aim of leveraging our expertise to help volunteer organisations benefit from digital marketing.
He was awarded a CBE for services to young people and the hospice movement in the Prime Minister’s Honours list of 1997, and a knighthood for services to the voluntary sector “especially the hospice movement” in 2016.
An Extensive Contribution to the Charitable Sector
Currently, Sir Martyn is approaching he end of his second term as Chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), and is Chairman of The Awards Committee of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the equivalent of an MBE for groups), President of United Response, Vice-President of Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) and Demelza Children’s Hospice. He is also Patron of The Patchwork Foundation, the quarterly broadsheet Positive News?¨√π and Dementia UK. He recently chaired an Inquiry into executive pay in the voluntary sector and its recommendations were welcomed by politicians of all main parties. A long-standing judge of the Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards, he is now its permanent Deputy Chair.
He founded YouthNet, the award-winning charity which, since 1995, has been providing a comprehensive website (thesite.org) helping 16-25 year-olds, and which also created Do-It.org, the national volunteering database instantly linking people who want to volunteer with the right volunteering opportunity. He retired after 20 years as YouthNet’s Chairman in 2015, and remains an adviser to the charity (now merged with Get Connected under the new name The Mix).
He campaigns regularly for more coverage of the achievements of the voluntary sector in the national media, and, more generally, for “solutions-driven journalism” or Constructive Journalism. In 2014 he became a Director of IPSO (The Independent Press Standards Organisation which replaced the Press Complaints Commission).
Sir Martyn is a Director of PL Education Ltd, pioneering new techniques for helping pupils to learn. From 2000 to 2012 he was Co-Founder and European Chairman of Teliris, an Anglo-American company which created and sold the very first commercial versions of Telepresence high definition, life-size, real-time global video-conferencing, to companies including GSK and Vodafone.