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

The current Trustees are:

Elizabeth Caveecave

Elizabeth is a member of London West Area Meeting. After teaching in Singapore with Voluntary Service Overseas, she worked in several schools and colleges in England, concentrating latterly on English language and study skills for adults. For Quakers she has served on various committees, tutored courses and served as a trustee. She currently works part time as a volunteer on a development project of her own devising in Rwanda.

Jane Dawsonjdawson

Jane Dawson became a Quaker over 30 years ago and is a member of London West AM.  She works as the Advocacy and Public Relationships Lead for Quakers in Britain.  Among other things, she is responsible for the Quaker political and media voice, as well as their print and online presence.

For most of her career Jane has worked in Third Sector organisations including The Young Foundation, The Red Cross and TimeBank, to develop innovation and bring about change.  Jane also set up her own social enterprise.

Over the years Jane has served in many Quaker volunteer roles.  She has also been a Governor of both a primary and a secondary school.

Jane is currently Clerk of The Edith M Ellis Charitable Trust.

Michael Phippsmphipps

Michael is a member of Chilterns Area Meeting.  A retired senior civil servant, he formerly worked in the Department of Economic Affairs, the Cabinet Office, and the Department for Education. He is a Britain Yearly Meeting Trustee, school governor, trustee of other charities, and previously served at the clerks’ tables of Yearly Meeting, Meeting for Sufferings, BYM Trustees, Church Government Advisory Group, and Chilterns AM Trustees.

Nicholas Simsnsims

Nicholas is a member of Chilterns Area Meeting. He was a university teacher at LSE 1968 – 2010 and holds an Emeritus Readership in International Relations. A lifelong commitment to disarmament has linked his academic and Quaker work. He has also been much involved in Britain Yearly Meeting’s church government.

Other charitable trusts on which Nicholas serves are The Friend Publications, responsible for two independent Quaker periodicals (weekly and quarterly), and Vertic, which researches the national implementation and international verification of treaties especially in arms control and disarmament.

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 tam 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.

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