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About the Trust

The Trust Deed dates from 4th July 1964. The Trust is a registered charity (number 234715) and is responsible for the Kennedy Memorial Fund. It has a Board of up to eleven Trustees, many of whom are involved in the Scholarship selection process. In accordance with the Deed, Trustees are appointed by the UK Prime Minister, the Presidents of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), or by the President of the United States.

The Chair of Trustees

Professor Sir Mark Walport FRS FMedSci
Sir Mark Walport was Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) until July 2020, and was formerly Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science. He previously served as Director of the Wellcome Trust and as a Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London. Sir Mark succeeded Professor Tony Badger as Chair in July 2016.

The Trustees

Dr Tariq Baloch
A former Kennedy Scholar, Tariq is a barrister at Three Verulam Buildings.

Matt Clifford MBE
A former Kennedy Scholar, Matt is Chief Executive of EntrepreneurFirst and Chair of ARIA, the UK's Advanced Research and Invention Agency.

Stephanie Flanders
A former Kennedy Scholar, Stephanie is Senior Executive Editor at Bloomberg and head of Bloomberg Economics.

Tilly Franklin
A former Kennedy Scholar, Tilly is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of University of Cambridge Investment Management Ltd.

Professor Fiona Macpherson
A former Kennedy Scholar, Fiona is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.

Mary Ann Sieghart
Journalist, broadcaster, and former Chair of the Social Market Foundation (2011-2021). Mary Ann is the Kennedy Trust's Senior Independent Trustee.

Moira Wallace OBE
A former Kennedy Scholar, Moira was Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, following a Civil Service career in HM Treasury, No 10, Home Office, and as Permanent Secretary of the Department of Energy and Climate Change. She is a Visiting Professor at the LSE Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, and a Trustee of Nesta.

Professor Maya Jasanoff 
X.D. and Nancy Yang Professor of Arts and Sciences, Coolidge Professor of History, and Harvard College Professor, Harvard University.

Professor Gareth McKinley
Former Kennedy Scholar and School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 


The Lord Mayor of London.

The Governor of the Bank of England.


The Kennedy Trust Office and the Scholarship programme are administered by the Director, Tim Farrow-House

Scholar Profiles
Robert Crawford, 1976

The Scholarship was life transforming for me.

Robert Crawford, 1976

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