Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE
Chair of Patrons
David Puttnam is an acclaimed Director, active politician and supporter of FOCAL having presented the FOCAL Awards for seven years. His award winning films include The Mission and Chariots of Fire. Since retiring from film production David has focused on education and has been Chancellor of the University of Sunderland since 1998. His other work includes being the UNICEF President, 2002-2009, which took him round the world to raise awareness of issues affecting children. David was awarded a CBE in 1982, received Knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. In France he has been honoured as a Commander of Arts and letters.