UPDATE FROM CHLOË ANDREWS-JONES, CHAIR OF TRUSTEES
Happy New Year to all members of the Fuellers, I wish you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful 2024. January heralds a new initiative from the Trust to keep you all informed about our recent activities. We aim to increase your understanding of the work we do and the charities we support and work with by circulating a summary of our quarterly meetings.
- Who are the Trustees?
PM Chloë Andrews-Jones (Chair)
PM John Bainbridge (Treasurer)
PM Shravan Joshi MBE
PM Averil Macdonald OBE
Bill Walworth CBE
We are supported by an Advisory Panel that comprises:
The Master, Dr James Cripps
Sarah Inge Parker
IPM Peter Harrison
The Fuellers’ Clerk Alex Maclean Bather serves as Secretary to the Trust.
Would you like to become more involved in the Charitable Trust? There’s usually at least one Trustee vacancy each year, these are typically filled by members of the Advisory Panel. If you’d like to join our panel, please drop me an email or give me a call. The last two Fueller Magazines have featured an introduction to one of our Trustees; check out page 20 of the November 2023 Fueller and page 24 of the June 2023 Fueller.
The most important item on the Trust’s Agenda!
Grant Applications are sent to the Secretary, who assesses them against the Trust’s objectives to decide if they should be recommended to the Trustees. The objectives are stated in our Trust Deed, highlighted on the Trust’s page on the Fuellers' Website, a copy of the Deed is in the Members’ Area.
We review the applications, one by one, before determining which (if any) we will support. If the Trustees decide not to support an application, the Secretary responds to them advising we regret their application was unsuccessful and giving feedback as/if appropriate.
We were pleased to receive more requests to review in December than our previous meeting in September and after discussion, agreed donations to the following organisations (you can read more of their work by clicking the highlighted links):
a. Energy Sparks A newer charity that provides a school specific energy management tool and education programme to help schools cut their energy consumption and reduce their carbon footprint. The Trust will fund a Fuellers’ prize each term for at least one year.
Criteria: Advancement of Education, Awards to persons intending to be engaged in the energy industry or elsewhere in industry & commerce
b. Providence Row A charity helping the homeless and most vulnerable in Tower Hamlets. Having received excellent feedback on a grant given in 2022 (separate article to follow!), the Trust has decided to support them for a three year period, subject to annual reconfirmation.
Criteria: Relief of poverty
c. Community Energy London A network of people and organisations supporting the development of energy projects across London. We’ve awarded a grant for the second successive year, and committed to look for projects that could be supported on a longerterm basis. This year’s grant is directed to their Warm Packs (including draught proofing
tape, energy efficient lightbulbs and radiator foil) which give CEL an excellent opportunity to gain a foothold in fuel-vulnerable households.
Criteria: Relief of poverty
- d. GASP Motor Project, an independent alternative learning provider based in Surrey that contributes to students’ positive personal development. GASP works with vulnerable children and young people. If appropriate, they also help to facilitate students’ onward
progression into education, training, and employment. Although their focus is on motor engineering, these can be transferrable skills, and the motor industry is continuing to look at other energy forms as well as further development of electric vehicles.
Criteria: Relief of Poverty, Advancement of Education
The Trustees advise recipients that not only do we expect an acknowledgement of any CTF grant, but also an impact report that demonstrates its value to their organisation.
- Arkwright Scholarships
Subject to annual decision, the Trust aims to support one Arkwright scholar per year (the scholarship covers Years 12 & 13). We aim to support students attending state schools rather than independent schools.
Our Y13 scholar attended the DoE Future Energy Conference. She really enjoyed her day and her feedback included “It was interesting to hear about the problems facing the energy industry and I was especially interested in the panel on innovation” and “the variety of talks also gave me an appreciation of how transitioning global energy use is about more than just science and innovation but involves economics and politics as well as so much else”.
I hope you have found this interesting. Do let me know if you have any questions or comments, and/or would like to be more involved in the Trust’s activities. We will do our best to keep you informed and issue regular updates on some of the specific projects we’re
supporting and/or involved with.
Chair, Fuellers’ Charitable Trust Fund
8th January 2024