Laurie Marsh is a philanthropic entrepreneur with a very wide range of commercial and charitable experience ranging over 65 years. Born in 1930 he lived for 8 years in a couple of rooms above a family haberdashers in Lambeth Walk. After army conscription, Laurie then started a plastics manufacturing business and obtained consent to utilise Walt Disney cartoon characters. At the same time he became a director of a family property company, set up a partnership with West End Travel Group, Wakefield Fortune and carried out his first GBP1 million project in central Derby in 1961 (eventually creating the third largest public property company in the UK). Laurie has developed and operated hotels, theatres in London and New York, a 150 screen cinema chain, film production, produced over 75 films and founded an international distribution company. He sold the conglomerate business in 1997 and then embarked on multi-million pound philanthropic ventures which are ongoing to this day.