Our Philanthropy Ambassadors recognise the positive impact YPI Scotland can have on the outlook and actions of young people. Through using their own time and talents, our Philanthropy Ambassadors have achieved a great deal, while supporting the causes they care most strongly about.

Scroll down to see our current Philanthropy Ambassadors

Dame Katherine Grainger DBE

In 2017 Katherine Grainger became a Philanthropy Ambassador for The Wood Foundation, YPI’s main funder and operational manager in Scotland. Katherine hopes to inspire students participating in YPI to go that extra mile, to not be afraid of risk, as there is often as much important learning taken from failure as there is in success.

With Olympic silver at Rio 2016, gold at London 2012 to add to her silver medals from Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, and Beijing in 2008, as well as six world championships titles in her collection, Dame Katherine Grainger is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete and the first British woman to win medals at five successive games.

It was whilst studying Law at Edinburgh University in 1993 that Katherine took up rowing, winning her first international Gold medal at the U23 World Rowing Championships in 1997.  Over the last 20 years she has received many accolades and prestigious awards.

Since winning her first Olympic Gold in 2012 Katherine has been short-listed for the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, had a post box in Aberdeen painted gold in her honour, appeared on the Superstars television show and has been a guest on Question of Sport, Countdown and the Clare Balding Show on BT Sport. She was elected to the British Olympic Association’s Athlete Commission and became a member of the Board for the charity ‘International Inspiration’.  She also completed her PhD and wrote her autobiography ‘Dreams Do Come True’, spent time working for the BBC as a co-presenter on the Rowing World Cup coverage, the BBC ‘Inspire’ series and as a pundit during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She spent her spare time visiting schools and sports clubs and developed her natural talents as a keynote/after dinner speaker in which she tells a compelling tale of the journey to success.

In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List Katherine was appointed Commander of the order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to rowing and to round off a most exceptional 20 year rowing career, Katherine was named ‘Dame Katherine Grainger’ in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List for services to rowing and charity.  On 1 July, Katherine will take up the appointment of Chair of UK Sport, which is the funding body for Olympic and Paralympic Sports in the UK.

To find out more about Katherine, visit her website here.

Mark Beaumont


In 2015 Mark Beaumont became a Philanthropy Ambassador for The Wood Foundation, YPI’s main funder and operational manager in Scotland. Mark is aiming to help inspire the next generation of Scots to take on their dreams while playing an inspirational role within the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.

Mark shot to fame in 2008 when he broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation by bicycle (18,296 miles in 194 days and 17 hours). Since then he has also rowed a 500-mile journey across the Artic to the North Pole, cycled from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego (13,000 miles), and climbed the highest mountains of North and South America. Through these experiences Mark has become a well-known broadcaster and author.

Mark is a dedicated charity fundraiser ever since his first cycle across Scotland at the age of 12 that raised £3,000, to more recently raising over £100,000 by running and swimming across Scotland.

As well as this, Mark is Patron of Orkidstudio, an impact design organisation whose focus is to benefit children and communities worldwide through innovative architecture and construction, with many of these projects in Africa. 

In recognition of his work with young people, charity and his sporting achievements, Mark was named Top Scot 2011 and presented an Honorary Doctorate from Dundee University in 2013.

To find out more about Mark, visit his website here.

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“The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities, a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.”

David Rockerfeller