Diana and Paul Lamplugh founded Suzy Lamplugh Trust in 1986 following the disappearance and later presumed murder of their daughter Suzy. At the time very little research had been done into personal safety and the term was rarely used. Paul and Diana became the foremost experts on personal safety and Diana travelled throughout the UK raising awareness of the subject.

Whilst Diana acted as the spokesperson for Suzy Lamplugh Trust during these campaigns, Paul worked tirelessly in the background, seeking the funding for a wide range of projects, as well as managing an ever growing team of staff based in their home.

Diana and Paul firmly believed that it was important that the lessons of personal safety should begin at an early age and Diana tirelessly toured the country talking both to whole school assemblies and smaller class groups. Many of the people who now come to us in business remember that first introduction to personal safety which left a lasting impression.

In March 2003, Diana suffered two strokes and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She subsequently needed specialist care until her death in 2011. During her time living in residential care Paul visited her every day and in 2014 he wrote a book about the life he created with Diana during her Alzheimer’s called ‘Life is for Living – with Dementia’. 

Paul Lamplugh retired from Suzy Lamplugh Trust but continued to be involved as a Member. Diana and Paul were both awarded OBEs for their work for the charity and in 2006 were jointly awarded The Beacon Prize for Leadership for their work in raising awareness of personal safety and addressing the causes and solutions to violence and aggression in society.

On 12th June 2018 Paul Lamplugh, OBE, died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his three remaining children. Paul had been living with Parkinson’s for the last few years.

Sir Ian Johnston, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said:

'Paul was a truly remarkable man with phenomenal energy and perseverance. I saw him only a few weeks ago when he continued to urge me to do more with the Trust to help people “stay safe”. We will miss him enormously.'