Ben Elliot

Co-Founder, Quintessentially

Ben is the Co-Founder of Quintessentially, the global luxury lifestyle company started in December 2000. Quintessentially now has 30 offices around the world, with over 1,000 employees. Ben is also non-executive director of YouGov Plc and Partner in Hawthorn, a successful corporate communications business. He regularly contributes to the Financial Times, New York Times and other publications.

Ben is the Chairman of the Quintessentially Foundation for which he organises and participates in a number of events annually. Since 2008, the Foundation has raised over £9m from corporate and private contributions. 

Ben is a Trustee of the V&A Museum, sits on the Development Board of the Royal Albert Hall and acts as a Trustee for The Eranda Rothschild Foundation. Ben is also a Patron of Elephant Family; the charity founded by his uncle, Mark Shand. 

In December 2018, Elliot was appointed by Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as the Government’s first Food Surplus and Waste Champion.

Ben has mentored…

Football beyond borders

Football Beyond Borders uses the power of football as an educational tool to inspire young people to achieve their goals and make their voices heard.


  • Football beyond borders
  • Alive and Kicking

Ben was very inspirational; he is an attentive listener, happy to share his expertise and is supportive. He left me feeling reinvigorated and wanting to take the organisation to the next level!”

Jasper Kain, Co-Director Football Beyond Borders

Alive and Kicking

We make durable balls in Africa. We print them with messages. we play. We educate about health. We are Alive and Kicking.


  • Football beyond borders
  • Alive and Kicking

Ben was great. He was insightful, energetic and genuinely interested in Alive and Kicking. He provided good suggestions about how to drive the organisation forward. I really enjoyed the conversation, almost as much as his advice.”

Glenn Cummings, CEO of Alive and Kicking

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