From her beginnings in Portsmouth, England Lady Pippa Blake has dedicated most of her life to becoming an outstanding global ambassador and friend to New Zealand, via her work with the Sir Peter Blake Trust.
An artist by trade, in 1979, Lady Pippa married Sir Peter Blake and moved to New Zealand, stepping into a role with Ceramco NZ, the organisation which sponsored many of Sir Peter’s yachting victories.
Following Sir Peter’s death, in 2004 Lady Pippa established the Sir Peter Black Trust – a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to continuing her late husband’s legacy, and inspiring the next generation of Kiwi leaders, adventurers and environmentalists. Its stated mission is to help Kiwis make a positive difference for the planet, offering activities that encourage environmental awareness and action, and leadership development. Lady Pippa has actively overseen the growth and development of the Trust for 13 years.
Watch Pippa, Lady Blake accept her award here.