About Us

Mail Force Charity CIO is a registered charity (England and Wales number 1189196, Scotland number SC050218) launched by the Daily Mail and General Trust plc during the first UK lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The charity’s first mission was to source and provide essential equipment, including masks and coveralls, required by the NHS and care workers fighting the pandemic and, with the support of the very generous British public, we helped those heroic workers in their fight to save lives.

We are now responding to the crisis of online learning, trying to overcome the ‘digital divide’ and support children and young people in education whose education is being hampered by barriers to getting online and engaging in remote learning.

We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator, the independent regulator of charity fundraising. By registering, we agree that all of our fundraising will be legal, open, honest and respectful and we will comply with the fundraising promise.

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Board of Trustees

Mary Gibson


Mary originally trained and practiced as a commercial barrister but has spent the last two decades working in the field of youth and restorative justice, particularly in Wandsworth and Lambeth, working with local youth offending teams and a number of local & national charities including the St Michael’s Fellowship, Future Men, the Fatherhood Development Foundation Growing Against Violence, 2020 Change and the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed, Grenfell and Excluded Funds.  She is also a restorative justice facilitator.


Andrew Lane is a partner at Forsters LLP and specialises in private client law. He brings a range of experience of dealing in complex legal and regulatory matters. He is also a Trustee of the Pension Fund of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.
Andrew Lane
Niel Mendoza


Neil is Provost of Oriel College at the University of Oxford. At the University, Neil is also Chair of the Electors for the Slade Professor of Fine Art and on the Board of the Ashmolean museum. He is Chair of The Landmark Trust and The Illuminated River Foundation. He led the government’s Mendoza Review of Museums in England. He is a Non-Executive Director at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Nasdaq-listed gene therapy company, Meira GTx. 


Hamish Webb has managed numerous events and sponsorships for Mail Newspapers since 1992. These have ranged from large consumer events, including Ideal Home Show and RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, to tailored reader competitions, including Daily Mail Foursomes and Not the Turner Prize. He is a director of Sponsorship fulfilment company Fletcher Gray Ltd, and previously was Managing Director of Result Events Ltd and marketing manager for Head Sports UK.
Hamish Webb
James Welsh


James Welsh became DMGT’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer in July 2021. Prior to joining DMGT he served as its consumer media arm’s (dmg media) Chief Financial Officer for 11 years, in a role which also incorporated functional and operational responsibility across the organisation. By the time James joined dmg media, he’d already accrued extensive experience working across European markets in commercial finance and change management roles, including as PC World and Dixons Retail’s Finance Director.