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The Robert Burns Humanitarians

Information on the current and previous winners.

Since its formation in 2002, the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award has recognised the dedication, celebrated the selflessness and paid tribute to the sacrifice of each recipient of the award - all exceptional people with incredible stories to tell.

The 2024 winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is Gail Penfold. On receiving the 2024 RBHA title, On receiving the 2024 RBHA title, Gail said "To be named the 23rd recipient of The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award on the 265th anniversary of his birth is such an honour and privilege.  I will treasure the memories made today forever."

Gail Penfold is the latest in a long line of worthy Robert Burns Humanitarian  Award winners:

  • 2024 - Gail Penfold
  • 2023 - Dr Renuka Ramakrishnan
  • 2022 - Dr Digambar Narzary
  • 2021 - Mark Williamson
  • 2020 - Dr Josh Littlejohn MBE
  • 2019 - Jasvinder Sanghera
  • 2018 - Anna Ferrer
  • 2017 - Marcelline Budza
  • 2016 - Dr David Nott
  • 2015 - Olivia Giles
  • 2014 - Blanche Nicolson
  • 2013 - Khalil Dale
  • 2012 - Karen Graham
  • 2011 - Linda Norgrove
  • 2010 - Habib Malik
  • 2009 - Guy Willoughby
  • 2008 - Jonathon Kaplan
  • 2007 - Abi Roche
  • 2006 - Marla Ruzicka
  • 2005 - Pius Ncube
  • 2004 - Clive Stafford Smith
  • 2003 - Yitzhak Frankenthal
  • 2002 - Sir John E Sulston