Composition of the Board of Trustees
- The number of Trustees is limited to seven
- Trustees must be appointed by the Court of the Stationers’ Company
- Trustees will serve for a term of three years and may serve more than one term, provided that their re-appointment is approved by the Court
- Trustees should undertake a regular audit of the skills and experience available amongst their number and identify any obvious gaps in the skills necessary to undertake their duties
- When a vacancy for a Trustee is imminent, the Chairman will contact the Clerk of the Company indicating, if appropriate, the ideal set of skills and experience that the new Trustee should have. The Clerk will add the vacancy to the annual call for volunteers to serve on Company committees, setting out the ideal set of skills and experience required, and will also advertise the vacancy to Liverymen in the Company
- Once the names of candidates are known, the Clerk will share them with the Chairman for him/her to discuss with the other Trustees, and their views, if any, will be passed to the Court via the Clerk for a final decision by the Court on whom should be appointed
- Normally candidates for Trustees will be Liverymen of the Company
- Trustees must, and will always, act in the best interest of the charity and its objects, irrespective of the interests of any other organisations and of the Company in particular and of any personal interests. Trustees must declare their personal interests annually in writing and before the discussion of any matter in which they have, or may have, a personal interest
- New Trustees will receive an induction consisting amongst other things of a meeting with the Chairman, a history of the charity, a copy of the charity’s scheme, a copy of the latest financial statements, copies of the last year’s minutes and copies of Charity Commission guidance material
Philip Ellaway was appointed Chairman of the Stationers’ Foundation in July 2017 having previously been a Trustee and Deputy Chairman. Since joining The Stationers’ Company Philip has actively supported the Foundation’s educational projects, in recent years leading on the Postgraduate Bursaries scheme initiated by Sue Pandit. Alongside the elected and co-opted Trustees he is committed to increasing the impact of the Foundation’s work, and the wider involvement of Company members in achieving this.
Philip’s career began in educational publishing, developing teaching and learning resources in print and online with brands such as Edward Arnold, Ward Lock, Nuffield and Heinemann/Harcourt (Reed Elsevier). Subsequent publishing roles included responsibility for strategy, eLearning, and eAssessment.