Wolfson Foundation

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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'[1] The foundation has a sister trust - the Wolfson Family Charitable Trust. The Foundation has shared objectives and joint administration with the Wolfson Family Charitable Trust, registered charity number 228382, at 8 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 9LD.[2] 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[3]. 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[4].


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.


Correct as of 9 February 2023.[5]

Name Role Date Appointed Date of Birth
Janet Wolfson de Botton Chair 06 March 2014 31 March 1952
Allegra Berman Trustee 01 October 2021
Charles Wolfson Townsley Trustee 31 August 2018
Rebecca Marks Trustee 31 August 2018
Peter Ratcliffe Trustee 01 April 2015
Michael Pepper Trustee 06 March 2014
Laura Wolfson Townsley Trustee 06 March 2014
Jean Thomas Trustee 06 March 2014
Leslie Turnberg Trustee 06 March 2014
Hermione Lee Trustee 06 March 2014
David Cannadine Trustee 27 September 2010


  • 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
Tel: 020 7323 5730 (with voicemail message system)
Media/Press enquiries: 020 7323 3124 (voicemail not available)


University of Buckingham

See also


  1. Wolfson Foundation, About us, Wolfson Foundation, Accessed 27-February-2014
  2. Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 March 2021, Wolfson Foundation. Retrieved 25 October 2022.
  3. Patrons, Patrons, University of Buckingham, Accessed 03-September-2010
  4. Wolfson Foundation, About us, Wolfson Foundation, Accessed 27-February-2014
  5. The Wolfson Foundation Trustees, Charity Commission. Last retrieved 9 February 2023.