The music mogul has been given the high-profile position at Shooting Star Chase, an organisation dedicated to providing care for youngsters with terminal illnesses, while his girlfriend Lauren Silverman is to become the charity's patron.

Cowell says of his new job, "'It is a huge honour to have been asked to be Vice President of Shooting Star Chase children's hospice. Everyone involved in the charity does an amazing job caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions as well as supporting their families.

"I hope my on-going role will encourage others to get involved - the support Shooting Star Chase receive really does make a difference to the care they can provide to families who desperately need it."