A King William’s College Governor and alumnus has been awarded an MBE for services to Charity and Young People.

Daniel Chan, who attended College from 2003 until 2008, has been recognised in His Majesty’s The King’s Birthday Honours this year, principally in his role as Honorary Treasurer and Trustee of UK Youth, a national youth charity.

UK Youth is a leading charity working across the UK, that aims to build a cross-sector movement, creating a society that understands, champions, and delivers effective youth work for all. Daniel’s invaluable knowledge and experience within finance have helped both the development and growth of the charity. As a result of his hard work and dedication within the charity, Daniel was elected as Honorary Treasurer in 2018 and became Chair of the Finance Committee in 2021.

Daniel is also a Director and Chartered Accountant at PwC UK, leading the third sector audit team in London and for charity audits nationally. He is also Chair of the ICAEW Charity Committee and a member of the Charities SORP Committee. He also leads the PwC Charity Trustee Network, which supports people at the firm who are, or are interested in becoming, charity trustees.

During his time at King William’s College, Daniel was a Praepositor and Combined Cadet Force Under Officer. He also achieved the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and the Trinity College London ATCL Diploma in Performing (Speech and Drama). After achieving the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Daniel went on to study History at the University of York, before gaining a Master’s degree in Education from The Open University.

Daniel has been a King William’s College Governor since June 2019 and chairs the IT and Digital Strategy Committee. He is also the Senior Independent Governor of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

Speaking about his fantastic achievement, Daniel said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled and hugely humbled to have received this recognition. King William’s College and my time on the Isle of Man provided a safe, nurturing and supportive environment, shaping me to be the person that I am today. The International Baccalaureate instilled in me the importance of ‘service’, and sowed the seeds for my current work and volunteering with charities, especially those supporting young people. I feel incredibly privileged to be able to contribute to the education of our next generation of pupils as a Governor.”

King William’s College Principal and one of Daniel’s former teachers, Joss Buchanan, added:

“The whole College is thrilled that Daniel’s work with charities has been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours. When he was at College, Daniel took a leading role in every aspect of school life and this led to him being appointed a Praepositor in his final year.  He has continued that commitment and that altruism into his working life, and he has been incredibly generous with his time with a number of organisations across and here on the island – he is now one of our Governors.  We are absolutely delighted that he has done so well.”

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