Chairman's Report

Over this past year, the Trustees have:

  1. conducted a strategic review of the Trust's aims, objectives and projected income. Key conclusions were:

                        public service should become a defining feature of the Scholarships;
                        the sipend should be means-tested;
                        a Kennedy Summer Research Scholarship should be offered (value $3,000) to British citizens registered on Harvard or MIT doctoral programmes;
                        after careful consideration and consultation, it was decided not to conduct a major external fundraising campaign as, even with considerable effort
                        and expenditure, the probability of success was not deemed to be high. One important fact is that the percentage of former scholars donating each
                        year to the Trust remains at 25. If we can substantially raise that figure, Trustees will reconsider taking on a major fundraising campaign;
                        links would be sought within the Media Lab and with technology core skills and policy-interface programs at MIT and Harvard.
  2. reviewed research on Implicit Bias with regard to the Scholarship application process;
  3. considered whether we could shift the interviews to be sure candidates had received offers from Harvard/MIT before they were awarded a scholarship (not possible at present but under ongoing review);
  4. reviewed the investment allocation and altered the sterling/US dollar percentages to match the current balance of expenditure.

Financial Report

At 31st July 2017, the Fund stood at £13,922,207.  In March it reached a peak of £14,094,831. As was noted last year, this healthy total derives largely from a strong performance in US equities but the contribution of over £650,000 from former scholars since 2011 is also very important.

The Trustees are hugely grateful to those former scholars who have contributed, and continue to contribute generously to fund exisitng and future beneficiaries of the Kennedy Memorial Scholarships.

Julia Shock ceased to work as freelance fundraiser with the Trust in November. Over the six years she was associated with the Trust, Julia established the Annual Fund, organised a number of events for potential donors and in celebration of the Trust's fiftieth anniversary and built relationships with many of you. I am grateful for all that she achieved. For the time being, at least, the work Julia was doing will be managed within the office.

The Trustees remain committed to funding 10 Kennedy Scholars per year. This total includes a small number in receipt of second-year tuition fees to enable completion of a Public Policy Masters at the Kennedy School or a Regional Studies Masters at Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences where no alternative source of support exists. The average value of the scholarships awarded for 2017-18 is again over £67,000. This year, the Trust will be funding 8 new Scholars and 2 at the Kennedy School. 520 scholarship have now been awarded since 1966.

The Trust’s Report and Accounts can be downloaded from the Charity Commission’s website at: and entering 234715 or Kennedy Memorial Fund.

Mark Walport  October 2017

Roll of Donors

The list of names that follows is based on all gifts received by the Kennedy Memorial Trust and includes an acknowledgment of anonymous donors.

We thank you all for your generosity.

Professor John Allum
Mrs Caroline Arms
Dr Linda Bilheimer
Mr David Forrester
Dr Walter Greaves

Dr Hilary Beattie

Dr Brendan Horton
Professor Robert Lucas
Dr Robin Petty
Dr Adrian Thomas
Anonymous (2)

The Right Hon Lady Justice Arden
Mr Charles de Chassiron
Mr Adrian Hancock
Lady Lester of Herne Hill
The Rt Hon William Waldegrave
Anonymous (2)

Professor John Craven
Mr and Mrs Robert John
Mr Timothy Ridley
Anonymous (1)

Mr David and Mrs Eveline Speedie
Mr Colin Warren
Anonymous (1)

Dr Peter Parham
Professor Michael Proctor (in memory of Professor Susan Manning, trustee of the Kennedy Memorial Trust 2004-2013)
Professor Caroline Series
Mr Adrian Waghorn

Mr Malcolm Leytham
Anonymous (1)

Mr Leslie Kosmin
Dr Charles Lewis
Mr Richard Wohanka
Dr Gordon Woo

Mr Stephen Locke
Anonymous (1)

Ms Antonia Bullard
Dr Peter Englander
Mr Christopher Fisher
Anonymous (1)

Dr Rosalind Altmann
Professor David Edwards
Dr Charles Jonscher
Anonymous (1)

Dr Jane Armitage
Professor Suzanne Franks
Professor Simon Goldhill
Mr Gordon Marsden
Mr William Wood

Sir Nicholas Hamblen
Dr Barbara Imperiali
Mr Rudolph Kalveks
Dr Adrian Rossiter
Mr Timothy Sims
Mr Christopher Wyke
Mr Simon Yun-Farmbrough

Mr Graham Dunning
Professor Hannah Ginsborg
Dr Harry West
Anonymous (1)

Professor Michael Giles
Professor Susan Gilles
Mr Kenneth MacLean
Professor David Shepherd
Ms Mary Stokes

Mr Richard Davies

Professor Miles Taylor
Ms Moira Wallace
Anonymous (1)

Mrs Judith Aldersey-Williams
Mr Anthony de Garr Robinson
Mr Richard Moore
Mr Romano Subiotto

Mr Daniel Alexander
Drs Matthew and Mary Lynn Realff
Mr Philip Rutnam

Professor Graeme Dinwoodie
Mr Mark Williamson

Dr Sara LaPorta
Mr Mark Roberts

Ms Kate Bingham
Professor Henrietta Harrison
Dr Richard Holme
Ms Zanny Minton Beddoes

The Hon Diana Harding
Mr Rupert Morley

Ms Charlotte Hogg
Mrs and Mrs Frederick von Gottberg

Mr Nicholas Braden
Ms Stephanie Flanders
Ms Maggie Roe
Dr Mark Urquhart

Dr Martin Andrews
Anonymous (1)

Dr Alexander Barnett

Dr Paul de Sa

Mr Simon Aldridge
Dr Matthew Bidwell
Mr Duncan Woods
Anonymous (1)

Ms Alix de Mauny
Mr Peter Karanjia
Mr Edmund King

Mr Samuel Gregory
Mr Giles Edwards

Dr Thomas Karshan
Mr Adeel Mangi
Dr Andrew Sweeting
Ms Harriet Wallace

Mr Hugh Harris
Mr Andrew Horne
Mr Jeremy Kutner
Dr Miratul Muqit

Ms Sasha Blackmore
Dr Kirsten Everett
Ms Lorna McGregor
Dr Christopher Whitton

Dr Thomas Baranga
Mr Siddarth Dhar

Ms Amy Rogers
Dr Thomas Barnet-Lamb

Dr Moira Bowdrey
Anonymous (1)

Anonymous (1)

Mr Shashank Joshi
Anonymous (1)

Dr Laura Ralston

Mr Dale Winter
(Anonymous 1)

Ms Adina Roth

Anonymous (1)

Scholar Profiles
Cathy Gormley-Heenan, 1996
"The Kennedy Scholarship has really meant the world to me."
Cathy Gormley-Heenan, 1996