PSDS Patrons

Michael More Molyneux

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey

Michael More-Molyneux is the current Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, appointed by HM the Queen in July 2015. Michael has lived in the county his entire life and his family has lived at Loseley Park for over five centuries. In 2017, Michael and his wife Sarah moved out of Loseley House and their son Alexander and his wife Sophia took over the house and running of the estate.

He is involved with many volunteer organisations and charities as well as businesses within the county. The Surrey Lieutenancy is actively involved in the promotion of the Queens Award for Enterprise and the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. His role also includes active support of the military, regular, reservists and cadets as well as the magistracy.

“Moving and inspirational”

Michael became a Patron of PSDS in 2016, after attending our 10th anniversary celebration: “This Is Me” – an exhibition of 50 portraits highlighting the individual interests and hobbies of children who just happen to have Down syndrome. Commenting on his support for PSDS, Michael said: “Sarah and I ever since attending our first PSDS evening at Denbies several years ago, have remembered the children and our conversations with their parents with great warmth. The photographs of the children were moving and inspirational, what a wonderful supportive charity PSDS are.”

Michael and Sarah More-Molyneux

Rick Wates, OBE

Rick was Chairman of PSDS from 2006-2016 and became a Patron in 2017. He is dedicated to the voluntary sector with particular focus on disadvantaged young people and children with disabilities, in the UK.

He is Chairman of Tour de Force Ltd and a Trustee of the William Wates Memorial Trust, PACSO and the Stansted Park Foundation. Rick carried the Olympic Torch in 2012 and was awarded an OBE in 2020 in recognition of his achievements. He has a commercial background in leisure, property and private investment.

Rick lives in West Sussex with Minnie and their three children. Lara, their middle daughter, has Down syndrome and, along with the family, is a member of PSDS.

“Everyone thrives”

Speaking about his connection with PSDS, Rick said: “Through it’s myriad of services PSDS provides our children and families with security, then hope, then ambition and then strength. At PSDS everyone thrives and I couldn’t be prouder to be a Patron of a wonderful charity full of vibrancy, positivity and life”

Rick Wates