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Our Structure

International Award Foundation


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation drives and supports the Award’s global growth, so more young people can undertake the world’s leading youth achievement award.

Working through a network of Award Operators in more than 130 countries and territories, it creates new ways and places for young people to do the Award, using innovative online tools. The Foundation leads the Award’s entry into new countries, ensuring consistency around the world. It works to increase global awareness of the value of non-formal education. This in turn creates demand for the Award, which is one way that young people’s development outside the classroom can be recognised consistently worldwide.

Current senior appointments;

Chairman of the Board of Trustees : HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO

Secretary General : Martin Houghton-Brown

Chief Operating Officer: Stephen Peck

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The National Award Operator (NAO)

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Barbados Charity (Barbados Registered Charity #214) is licensed by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation (IAF) to operate The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Barbados. It serves as the Trustee of the Award in Barbados. Responsibility for delivering the Award is the responsibility of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Barbados (Barbados Registered Charity #3), the National Award Operator (NAO).

The NAO is responsible for, among others:

  1. Maintaining the license requirements including the fundamental principles and operating principles of the Award as set out by IAF and the Code of Practice.

  2. Funding and resourcing of the Award, including arrangements with partners such as government, industry and individuals.

  3. Promotion and building awareness of the Award.

  4. Developing and maintaining nationally applicable policies.

  5. Maintaining comprehensive records

  6. Protecting the Award brand and intellectual property as set out in the license agreement with the IAF.

  7. Providing the required reporting to the IAF and key stakeholders such as partners, supporters and sponsors.

  8. Licensing Award Centres through sub-license arrangements with Award Operating Authorities.

  9. Developing and implementing an ongoing national strategic plan.

  10. Meeting Quality Assurance, Award and legislative compliance requirements.

  11. Ensuring adequate training and compliance of Award Leaders.

  12. Approving and issuing of Award badges and certificates.

The work of the NAO is overseen by the National Award Council, currently chaired by Mr Stephen Smith

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