The Trust consists of five Quaker Trustees who meet twice a year to consider grant submissions.
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 & Balby Area Meeting and a Co-Clerk of Britain Yearly Meeting’s Book of Discipline Revision Committee.
After teaching in Singapore with Voluntary Service Overseas, Elizabeth 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 serves as a trustee. She worked part time for several years on a development project of her own devising in Rwanda. Elizabeth is currently Co-Clerk and a member of London West Area Quaker Meeting.
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 the London West Area Meeting.
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 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 currently a member of Bournemouth Coastal Area Quaker Meeting.
Nicholas Sims was a university teacher at LSE from 1968 to 2010 and retired with 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 the constitutional structures of Britain Yearly Meeting and their expression in a Quaker understanding of church government. In addition to past service on other grant-making trusts before this one, Nicholas has had a long association with Vertic, having first been elected to its Board in 2004. Vertic researches national implementation and international verification of treaties especially in arms control and disarmament. He is a member of Chilterns Area Quaker Meeting.