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
Gerard Heanue was appointed Chairman of the Stationers’ Foundation in July 2020 having previously been a Trustee and the Treasurer. Since joining the Stationers’ Company, Gerard has actively supported the Foundation’s projects through his work as the Treasurer. Alongside the elected and co-opted Trustees, he is committed to increasing the impact of the Foundation’s work with a special focus on developing partnering opportunities and increasing Foundation engagement.
Gerard’s parents were both school teachers and he has always had a strong interest in education and in particular, apprenticeships. He began his career as an Accountant and has been working within the printing industry for over 25 years. Working for Heidelberg in the UK, Germany and Singapore. Most recently he was the Managing Director of Heidelberg UK, until 2019 when he retired.
Since retiring, Gerard has invested more time into his works at Stationers’ and wants their work with the Foundation to inspire the next generation of communication and content.