Our Trustees

Our Trustees

Introduction

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for setting our strategic direction and overseeing the delivery of it. They oversee all aspects of the charity's management and finances. The Board is composed of leading figures from many sectors and includes a number of Fellows.

The charity was set up in 1965 as the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, in memory of Sir Winston Churchill. In 2021 we adopted the operating name of the Churchill Fellowship.

Patron

Trustees

ChairThe Hon Jeremy Soames

Jeremy Soames is the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and has spent most of his career in investment management and banking, mainly with the N M Rothschild Group, where he was a director of operating companies in Europe, Asia and the USA. He is an experienced Chair and Non-executive Director with former roles including Chairman of the National Pension Fund for Nurses, Trustee of the Royal Opera House Trust and the Burdett Trust.

Vice-ChairMerlyn Lowther

Merlyn Lowther was Chief Cashier of the Bank of England from 1999 to 2003, the first woman to hold this post. She has also been a non-executive director of companies in the financial services sector and is currently on the Council of the University of Salford.

TrusteeJohn Armitage CBE

John Armitage is a co-founder of the investment firm Egerton Capital and founding trustee of the John Armitage Charitable Trust, which provides support for a variety of causes.

TrusteeJohn Baker

John Baker is a non-executive director for a portfolio of commercial and not for profit organisations. He retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2020 where he was a partner for 28 years.

TrusteeBharatti Crack

Bharatti Crack is a social mobility expert and a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation. She has 30 years’ experience of leading HR departments in corporate and investment banking and telecomms.

TrusteeMaria Iredale CF

Maria Iredale is a Churchill Fellow and Executive Director of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, a membership association for individuals in the sub-surface energy industries.

TrusteeLucy Parker CF

Lucy Parker is a Churchill Fellow and Chair of the Advisory Council for the Churchill Fellowship. She is a senior advisor at the Brunswick Group and co-lead of the firm’s global Business & Society practice.

TrusteeJacob Polny

Jacob [Yakob] Polny is Chief Investment Officer at Telemos Capital and has extensive private equity investment experience across Europe in large and medium sized companies.

TrusteeDavid Sheepshanks CBE DL

David Sheepshanks is a leader in football, and business. He was Chairman of the Football League, Founding Chairman of St George's Park and Director and Chairman of Ipswich Town FC. In business he has led companies in the food industry and local radio, and has held many charitable roles including former Chair of UK Community Foundations.

TrusteeDavid Taylor-Smith MBE

David Taylor-Smith is an international business leader who has held senior roles at PHS Group, VPS Group, G4S plc, Aggreko Plc and Jardine Matheson. David has also served in the British Army and United Nations and has held many charitable roles.

TrusteeJoanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson is a Crown Representative to HMG, as well as holding non-executive directorships. Prior to this, she held a range of leadership roles in the software and telecoms industries.

TrusteeJames Williams

James Williams has worked in international asset management since the early 1970s. His interests include the arts, education and rural matters in his home county of Cornwall.

“I am very proud to see the enormous contribution made by the Churchill Fellowship in all areas of our national life.” – Jeremy Soames, Chairman.

Patron

Trustees

ChairThe Hon Jeremy Soames

Jeremy Soames is the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and has spent most of his career in investment management and banking, mainly with the N M Rothschild Group, where he was a director of operating companies in Europe, Asia and the USA. He is an experienced Chair and Non-executive Director with former roles including Chairman of the National Pension Fund for Nurses, Trustee of the Royal Opera House Trust and the Burdett Trust.

Vice-ChairMerlyn Lowther

Merlyn Lowther was Chief Cashier of the Bank of England from 1999 to 2003, the first woman to hold this post. She has also been a non-executive director of companies in the financial services sector and is currently on the Council of the University of Salford.

TrusteeJohn Armitage CBE

John Armitage is a co-founder of the investment firm Egerton Capital and founding trustee of the John Armitage Charitable Trust, which provides support for a variety of causes.

TrusteeJohn Baker

John Baker is a non-executive director for a portfolio of commercial and not for profit organisations. He retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2020 where he was a partner for 28 years.

TrusteeBharatti Crack

Bharatti Crack is a social mobility expert and a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation. She has 30 years’ experience of leading HR departments in corporate and investment banking and telecomms.

TrusteeMaria Iredale CF

Maria Iredale is a Churchill Fellow and Executive Director of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, a membership association for individuals in the sub-surface energy industries.

TrusteeLucy Parker CF

Lucy Parker is a Churchill Fellow and Chair of the Advisory Council for the Churchill Fellowship. She is a senior advisor at the Brunswick Group and co-lead of the firm’s global Business & Society practice.

TrusteeJacob Polny

Jacob [Yakob] Polny is Chief Investment Officer at Telemos Capital and has extensive private equity investment experience across Europe in large and medium sized companies.

TrusteeDavid Sheepshanks CBE DL

David Sheepshanks is a leader in football, and business. He was Chairman of the Football League, Founding Chairman of St George's Park and Director and Chairman of Ipswich Town FC. In business he has led companies in the food industry and local radio, and has held many charitable roles including former Chair of UK Community Foundations.

TrusteeDavid Taylor-Smith MBE

David Taylor-Smith is an international business leader who has held senior roles at PHS Group, VPS Group, G4S plc, Aggreko Plc and Jardine Matheson. David has also served in the British Army and United Nations and has held many charitable roles.

TrusteeJoanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson is a Crown Representative to HMG, as well as holding non-executive directorships. Prior to this, she held a range of leadership roles in the software and telecoms industries.

TrusteeJames Williams

James Williams has worked in international asset management since the early 1970s. His interests include the arts, education and rural matters in his home county of Cornwall.

“I am very proud to see the enormous contribution made by the Churchill Fellowship in all areas of our national life.” – Jeremy Soames, Chairman.