Governance and Management

The Trust is consituted by an 1862 Trust Deed, as amended by the Charity Commission Schemes in 1988 and 2011. The management of the Trust is the responsibility of the Trustees who are appointed by the Board of Trustees and can serve for nine years  before their tenure is reviewed. The Chairman is elected for three years and is eligible for re-election. The Board consists of five to eight Trustees. There is a Finance and General Purposes Committee comprising three Trustees, and a Grants Committee comprising four Trustees.

The fund and property of the Trust are vested in Finance and General Purposes Committee, an incorporated body established by a Certificate of Incorporation granted in 1923 under the Charitable Trustees Incorporation Act 1872.

The Board of Trustees and the two Committees each meet three times a year. An Annual General Meeting is held in July. Various Trustees take on additional responsibilities including liaison with old girls/alumni. Trustees attend a range of training courses and seminars covering all aspects of governance as well as specialist subjects. Succession planning for Trustees is kept under continual review.

The appointment of Trustees is reserved to the Board of Trustees, and appointments are confirmed by the Annual General Meeting.


The Trustees determine the general policy of the Trust.The day-to-day management of the Trust and its finances are delegated to the Chairman, Treasurer and the Trust Manager.

The present Trustees of the Trust are:

  • Alan Behagg MBE, MA (Oxon), MBA [Chairman]
  • Maria Clohessy [Treasurer]
  • Anne Goymer
  • Jenny Lycett
  • Merrick Willis OBE

Trust Manager – Charmian Hickman