The Wolfson Foundation is a charity established in 1955 to 'support excellence, generally through the funding of capital infrastructure in the fields of science and medicine, health, education and the arts & humanities' The foundation has a sister trust - the Wolfson Family Charitable Trust - with the same administration and similar aims. The trust was created by Isaac Wolfson the Scottish businessman associated particularly with Great Universal Stores. His son Leonard took over as chair after his death. The current chair, Janet Wolfson de Botton, is the granddaughter of the founder.
The foundation is a patron of the University of Buckingham, the UK's only private university. Patrons are organisations who donate in excess of £100,000 to the university. In September 2010 the Wolfson Foundation had an endowment of £725 million. Up to 2014 they had given out over £750 million in grants, spread over more than 10,000 projects.
The Foundation is made up of eleven trustees, a small staff team in the London office and a wider network of advisors and reviewers.
The Board of Trustees is comprised of academic members and family members in a roughly 75:25 ratio. Trustees are advised by expert grant panels, and Nomination, Risk and Investment Committees.
- Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton DBE (Chairman)
- Hon Mrs Laura Wolfson Townsley
- Sir Eric Ash CBE FRS FREng
- Sir David Cannadine FBA FSA FRSL
- Hon Mrs Deborah Wolfson Davis MA
- Dame Hermione Lee DBE FRSL FBA
- Lord McColl CBE MS FRCS
- Sir Michael Pepper FRS FREng
- Lord Turnberg MD FRCP
- Sir David Weatherall MD FRCP FRS
- Dame Jean Thomas DBE FMedSci FRS
- Paul Ramsbottom - Chief Executive
- Sue Hall - PA to the Chief Executive
- Simon Fourmy - Director of Grants
- Caitlin Foley - Programme Manager (Science and Medicine)
- James Randall - Programme Manager (Arts and Humanities)
- Natasha Wright - Grants and Finance Administrator
- Sophie Gibbon- Grants Assistant
- Geoff Hunt - Finance Director
- Emma Coyle - Office Manager
- The Wolfson Foundation
- 8 Queen Anne Street
- W1G 9LD
- Tel: 020 7323 5730 (with voicemail message system)
- Media/Press enquiries: 020 7323 3124 (voicemail not available)