Geoff Thompson

Founder and Chair

Geoff Thompson is former five times world karate champion and sports administrator, which has seen him deliver social and human initiatives with specific emphasis on equality, diversity and inclusion. Geoff also holds a number of private and public board appointments including: London Legacy Development Corporation, Muhammad Ali Center and Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel of the Professional Footballers’ Association. He has delivered strategies within the bidding, hosting and legacy of major games such as: 1992 Barcelona Olympics, 1997 FIFA World Cup, All Africa Games 1999, Manchester 2000 Olympic Bid, Commonwealth Games 2002 Games, 2010 FIFA World Cup, London 2012 Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Geoff was awarded an MBE for his services to sport. In 2019 he was included in the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business List and was named in the Evening Standard’s top 1000 influencers in London. Geoff was also awarded an honorary professorship of the International Business School at Xi’an Jiao tong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China.


Youth Charter Dame Mary Glen Haig Office of

Sport for Development and Peace,

London Stadium Learning, London Stadium, 

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

United Kingdom


+44 (0) 7904 339 935


UK Registered Charity        

Charitable Incorporated Organisation


United Nations Accredited  

Non Governmental Organisation

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Honorary Life President

The Late Dame Mary Glen Haig DBE*

Former Presidents

The Late Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster KG, CB, CVO, OBE, TD

The Late Lord Terry Thomas CBE

Founder and Chair

Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

*In Perpetuity

Vice Presidents

Sir Bobby Charlton CBE

Pearly Gates

Judge Goldstone

Sir Alex Ferguson CBE

Clive Lloyd CBE

Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald

Lord Herman Ouseley

Sir Steve Redgrave CBE

Dame Sarah Storey DBE

Lemn Sissay MBE

Sir Rodney Walker

Frank Warren


Elaine Banton

Mark Barratt

Alison Burchell

Juliet Donoghue

Nadine Dyer

Peter Ibsen

Phil McCauley

Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

Chris Sayers

Ronnie Todd