The Trust consists of six Quaker Trustees who meet twice a year to consider grant submissions.

Marigold Bentley

Marigold Bentley worked in Quaker service in the West Bank, Gaza and Egypt (with the Coptic Church) during the 1980s followed by work at the Quaker United Nations in New York.  In the 1990s she worked in peace education for British Quakers focusing on Northern Ireland and Former Yugoslavia.  This was followed by designing, managing and supporting peace projects for Quakers.  Ending her professional career as Head of Peace Programmes and Faith Relations for Quakers in 2021, Marigold continues to be active in the peace movement and among Quakers.  Marigold is currently Clerk of the Trust, and is a member of Dorset and South Wiltshire Quaker Meeting, attending Dorchester Local Meeting.

Rosie Carnall

Rosie works as a freelance trainer, facilitator and fundraiser.  Her early career work was in mediation and conflict resolution, which is still an area of interest for her training and fundraising work now.  After a number of voluntary sector management roles, five years ago she completed an MA in Creative Writing and trained as a Philosophy for Communities facilitator.  These interests form the other strands of her freelance work, bringing people together in community to talk, think and write together.  Rosie lives in Sheffield, is a member of Sheffield and Balby Area Quaker Meeting and a Co-Clerk of Britain Yearly Meeting’s Book of Discipline Revision Committee.

Roger Chapman

After university, Roger began his career as a Physicist in the manufacturing industry specialising in fibres and plastics. In 1992 he completed an MBA and started a consultancy in product development. He has written on smart materials, technical textiles and telemedicine. More recently he has assessed research proposals for a range of European bodies, Yorkshire Development Agency and the National Institute for Health Research. He is a member of Central England Area Meeting, a governor of Sibford School and a director of the Priory Rooms Conference Centre, Birmingham.

Jonathan Lingham 

After university, Jonathan joined the Fast Stream of the Civil Service, and was assigned to the Department for International Development. There he held a number of senior policy and management posts both in London and overseas. He has also had secondments to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Cabinet Office, and to the Department for International Trade. On leaving the Civil Service in 2013, he joined the senior management team of the development charity Plan International. He is a student mentor, and has been a visiting lecturer in international development at the University of Aberdeen. As well as being a trustee of the Edith Maud Ellis Trust, Jonathan sits on a number of charity boards.  He is a member of London West Area Quaker Meeting.

Catherine Longstaff

Catherine is a freelance mediator, conflict practitioner and legal consultant. Her experience of conflict and dispute resolution is wide and deep – having practised for 20+ years as a solicitor, specialising in medical and healthcare disputes, both within the UK and internationally. She also moved into management and worked for many years at a global medical indemnity organisation, latterly as head of quality assurance, with particular responsibility for governance issues, policy writing, training and quality assurance. Catherine lives in Leeds and is a member of Leeds Central Area Meeting. She also serves as a Quaker Prison Chaplain.

Wendy Sender

Wendy grew up in apartheid South Africa, where she witnessed first-hand the impact of racial discrimination – and how much can be achieved by those seeking positive change. After a career in publishing, she switched to the voluntary sector, working with marginalised voluntary and community groups across West London. She has served as a trustee for community law and heritage charities, and in a variety of Quaker roles, including on Quaker Stewardship Committee. Wendy is a member of Bournemouth Coastal Area Quaker Meeting.