Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen, let us never forget – N’oublions jamais.

In my case, I fear I have many more interests than talents – which is why I feel so greatly honoured to be given such an award in the city of the Strozzis and the Medicis, the home of the Renaissance. 

I cannot tell you how deeply touched and grateful I am to receive from Your Excellency the Order of the Star of Romania

Ladies and Gentlemen, it has been a wonderful occasion and I found it deeply moving to hear so many of the young people's stories

I greatly appreciate the fact that so many of you should have come to celebrate the signing of a Collective Statement of Intent to end deforestation and forest degradation in the cocoa supply chain – a hugely encouraging step, if ever there was one, by twelve of the major cocoa and chocolate companies. 

I wanted to find a practical way of helping women and girls, and men, who had been left traumatised through no fault of their own, to have some comfort at such a distressing time. 

Now, in these turbulent times, I believe that it's more important than ever for women of all ages, and from every walk of life, to unite.

I'm thrilled that the company has the really good sense to employ so many ex-service people to such great effect

So, it is thanks to such generosity that the College can maintain its commitment to the highest standards of excellence, of ambition and of achievement.   

One critical part, as I see it, of the transition towards a circular economy, particularly in relation to plastics, is that of innovation and the need to re-think the way we design products.