2018 PRIZE

Winners of the 2018 Individual Philanthropy Award, Ministry of Stories and John Gillman and Mary Winch with Caroline McCormick (Director of Achates Philanthropy), Michael Nabarro, Marcus Davey (Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Roundhouse), Claire and Ray Gard (winners of the 2017 Individual Philanthropy Award), Bill Swainson (Achates Philanthropy Foundation Trustee and Chair of the panel), Nigel Farnall and Angelica Puscasu (winners of the 2016 Achates Philanthropy Prize) and Cerian Eiles (Achates Philanthropy Associate).

Winners of the 2018 Corporate Award, Streetwise Opera and Laing O'Rourke team, with Caroline McCormick (Director of Achates Philanthropy), Richard Naylor (BOP Consulting) and Dagmar Walz (Achates Philanthropy Foundation Trustee).

Ministry of Stories workshop (photo Tom Oldham)

With One Voice choir (photo Lorena Mossa)


Northern Ballet and Jolyon & Carol Harrison

The Old Vic and Richard & Annie Kleiner

The Plough Arts Centre and Lindsey & Nigel Timms

Theatre Uncut Productions and Vicky Graham

The Yard Theatre and Joanna Kennedy

Special Honorary Mention: Fio & Abdul Shayek


Régis Cochefert Director of Grants and Programmes at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Marcus Davey Chief Executive & Artistic Director of the Roundhouse

Cerian Eiles Achates Philanthropy Associate

Nigel Farnall winner of the 2016 Achates Philanthropy Prize

Claire & Ray Gard winners of the 2017 Individual Philanthropy Award

Caroline McCormick Director of Achates Philanthropy

Michael Nabarro co-founder & CEO of Spektrix

Aliceson Robinson Achates Philanthropy Foundation Trustee and Young Philanthropy champion

Bill Swainson Achates Philanthropy Foundation Trustee and Chair of the panel

Rt Hon Tom Watson MP Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Kirsty Telford, Deputy Director, Ministry of Stories…

“The team is over the moon that John and Mary have won this award. We were delighted to welcome them into our family of supporters and they have already offered so many ideas and contacts that could help us raise our profile in the local area and in the City of London. Our charity was founded on the ambition and hard graft of our community and funded through the generosity of a group of donors and funders who really understood what we were trying to achieve in those early days. Without their belief and investment in our vision, we wouldn't have been able to grow, develop and champion the writer in every child. So to those individuals and funders, and to both John and Mary, a big thank you from us and most importantly, from our young writers. Only with your help are we able to keep our clubs free for local children.”

John Gillman and Mary Winch…

"We were captivated from the outset when we visited the Ministry via the 'Hoxton Street Monster Supplies' shop. This splendid device to engage children immediately told us that we would encounter something special and that certainly turned out to be the case. We both believe passionately that allowing young people to set loose their imagination at an early age can be critical for their future development. We hope our financial contribution will help the Ministry to spread its influence even wider and have recently committed to giving them £100 per month – indefinitely. We were surprised and delighted to hear that we have won the Achates Prize.”

We received a record number of nominations in 2018, from organisations of all sizes and art forms across the country, including our first nomination from Wales and building momentum in Scotland.

The 2018 Achates Philanthropy Prize was hosted by the Roundhouse on 23 October 2018. Awards were presented by Sarah Kowitz DL.

Download the 2018 Prize press release for full details of both shortlists.



Ministry of Stories and John Gillman & Mary Winch

John and Mary discovered Ministry of Stories through its newly appointed Deputy Director who they knew in a prior role at a major homelessness charity they supported. The couple are regular theatre and arts attenders but viewed culture as a social activity quite separate from their charitable giving. After learning more about Ministry of Stories' mission to champion the writer in every child, and its specific work to reach young people from East London who may face socio-economic barriers and/or have limited opportunity to develop a love of writing within mainstream education, John and Mary donated an unrestricted gift of £1,000 – their first donation to a cultural organisation.



With One Voice (Streetwise Opera) and Laing O'Rourke

With One Voice, the international arts and homelessness movement founded by Streetwise Opera, first approached Laing O'Rourke to become a sponsor of its most ambitious exchange to date: the first-ever International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival across Greater Manchester from 12 to 18 November. The Dartford-based construction company agreed to contribute £5,000 cash and £5,000 in-kind to the creation of a public mural at 111 Piccadilly in Manchester, as one of the flagship activities of the Festival. Alongside their financial contribution, Laing O'Rourke offered consultancy and project management expertise through seven members of their unique leadership programme to support the creation of the mural. In addition to delivering the brief, they offered further consultancy advice about planning and development policy and legislation, informing With One Voice's Cultural Spaces Strategy Review, and advised on With One Voice's internal systems and processes and recommending software packages to build their capacity and increase their operating efficiency. A deep synergy between the two organisations has resulted in new thinking about ways to tackle homelessness in a practical, innovative way, with Laing O'Rourke now looking to draft a strategy to support tackling the ever more prevalent issues surrounding homelessness in the areas that they work.


The Museum of Architecture and Finsa

National Centre for Writing and WREN & FCC Environment

The National Youth Theatre and L&Q

The Roundhouse and Panmure Gordon

World Heart Beat Music Academy and EcoWorld Ballymore


Robert Addison winner of the 2017 Corporate Award and Managing Director of Hexham & Northern Marts

Anthony Blackstock one of the UK's leading experts in finance for cultural organisations  

Claire Bodanis Founder & Director of Falcon Windsor

Anisa Haghdadi Founder & CEO of The Beatfreeks Collective

Callum Lee Managing Director of BOP Consulting

Caroline McCormick Director of Achates Philanthropy

Libby Penn digital specialist working across the cultural sector and Chair of the panel

Clare Titley Director of Philanthropy at Arts Council England

Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP former Minister for Culture & the Digital Economy

Vivien Wallace former Executive Director of Development at The Old Vic

Dagmar Walz Achates Philanthropy Foundation Trustee

Matt Peacock MBE, Director, With One Voice…

“We are truly honoured to have won this year's Corporate Award and to be able to celebrate Laing O'Rourke's stellar and generous work; without the LOR team our mural project couldn't have come to fruition. I am particularly proud of how we worked, seeing eye-to-eye and really feeling as equals, learning from each other. We were incredibly lucky to be one of their 2018 projects and I cannot wait to witness the ripple effects of this collaboration.”

Danielle, Aaron, Sam, Mark, Dave and Craig, Laing O'Rourke…

“What an unexpected honour it was to learn that we have won the Achates Prize - we feel very privileged and exceptionally grateful! Working in close partnership with With One Voice over the last 6 months has really helped us to open our eyes and our minds to a sector we would not typically have much interface with in our day jobs. It has taught us to adapt our way of thinking, really helping us to galvanise a much more informed understanding of such a politically relevant topic in homelessness, but more importantly how impactful use of the arts can be to positively tackle the issue and empower members of the homeless community. It has been a real pleasure and we hope the partnership between our respective organisations long continues.”