The Trust consists of six Quaker Trustees who meet twice a year to consider grant submissions.
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 a member of London West Area Quaker Meeting.
Jane is Head of Communications and Public Affairs for a trade association. She has previously worked in Third Sector organisations, including Quakers in Britain, The Young Foundation, and The British Red Cross. She has served in various Quaker roles and been a governor of both a primary and a secondary school. Jane is currently clerk of The Edith M Ellis Charitable Trust 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.
Michael is a retired senior civil servant who, after graduating from the London School of Economics, worked in Whitehall in the Department of Economic Affairs, the Cabinet Office, and the Department for Education. He is now Chairman of Governors of a school, a Board member of a Multi-academy Trust, and a trustee of various other charities. A lifelong Quaker, he has also served at the clerks’ tables of Britain Yearly Meeting, BYM Trustees, Meeting for Sufferings, Church Government Advisory Group, and Chilterns Area Meeting Trustees. He worships at Jordans Quaker Meeting in Buckinghamshire where he is currently Co-Clerk.
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 London West 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.