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About Us

Governance

The Lord's Taverners is the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, founded in 1950 at the Tavern pub at Lord's Cricket Ground. Supporting some of the most marginalised and at risk young people in the UK, the charity works to enhance lives through sport and recreation, giving young people a sporting chance.

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Patron and Twelfth Man

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT

The Duke of Edinburgh, a big cricket fan, has been Patron and Twelfth Man of the Lord’s Taverners since 1950, the same year the charity was founded. Along with his ongoing support of the charity at fundraising events and playing for the Taverners XI, he was also instrumental in introducing the Lord's Taverners ECB Trophy which is presented annually to the cricket county champions. The trophy was introduced in 1973 with the Duke having recognised that until that time, the champions had never received a physical trophy so he decided to introduce one.

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President

Sir Trevor McDonald

Sir Trevor McDonald became the 39th Lord's Taverners President in 2018, succeeding Sir Michael Parkinson in the role. Sir Trevor began his broadcasting career in the 1960s as a producer and journalist and has been a regular on TV screens ever since. He was knighted in 1999 for services to journalism.

Trustees

David Collier OBE (Chairman)
Suzy Christopher
Mike Gatting OBE
Ian Martin
Tony Matharu
Andrew McDonald
Angela Rippon CBE
Caj Sohal
Alistair Subba Row
John Taylor
Sandra Verkuyten OBE
Richard White, FCA

Treasurer
Richard White, FCA

Lady Taverners President
Debbie McGee

Lady Taverners Chairman
Chrissie Walker-Hebborn

Registered office
90 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1EU
Tel: 020 7025 0000

Registered Company no. 582579 (registered in England and Wales)

Registered Charity
England and Wales no. 306054
Scotland no. SCO46238

The Lord's Taverners is governed by its Articles of Association.

The Articles of Association require the Charity to be managed by the Trustees who are also directors of the Company. The Trustees comprise:

Seven Elected Trustees who are elected by voting Members of the Lord's Taverners in annual elections, and serve for a three-year term. One-third of the elected Trustees retire each year. Retiring Trustees are eligible for re-election up to a maximum of a further two consecutive terms (i.e. nine years in total).

Up to Five Appointed Trustees who are appointed by Trustees after consultation with the Nominations Committee who are selected on the basis of skills and experience and who serve for terms of up to three years. They can be reappointed subject to a maximum of nine consecutive years.

The Trustees meet at least quarterly. The day to day management of the Charity is the responsibility to the Chief Executive and executive team. Supporting the fundraising and grant-making work of the Charity are volunteer committees serviced by the executive staff.

Memberships & Regions

Our Members are drawn from the world of entertainment, sport, the arts, the professions and commerce. A significant proportion of our fundraising each year is attributable to our all-volunteer 28 Lord's Taverners Regions and 24 Lady Taverners Regions. Each Region organises its own fundraising events. Regional Members also play an important role in supporting the grant assessment process, visiting many applicants to help assess their need. The dedication of our Regional Committees and Members is a major strength of the organisation as a whole. Rules governing our Membership are laid out in the Association's Bye-laws.

Charitable Programmes

Charitable Programmes Committee , which meets quarterly, is the Trustees' delegated Committee for overseeing all of the Charity’s activities, including the management of programmes, assessment of impact, and the awarding of grants. It works closely with the Director of Charitable Programmes and her team. Further details of our Charitable Programmes can be found in our annual Impact Report.

Governance and Audit

The Governance and Audit Committee has overall responsibility for governance within the Charity. It includes a Trustee representative on the Committee and  reports to the Trustees on governance matters generally, including regular reviews of policies, risk, and Charity Commission and other regulatory guidance as it arises.. It meets both prior to and following the annual audit of the accounts, as well as at other times during the year as deemed necessary.

Risk Management

The Trustees, with the support of the Executive and the Governance and Audit Committee in particular, continually assess the risks to which the Charity is exposed, in particular those related to the delivery of programmes to young people, marketing and communications, the staging of events and other matters as theya re identified. The Trustees are currently satisfied that there are systems in place to manage exposure to major risk.

Complaints

If you wish to make a complaint about any aspects of the Lord’s Taverners then please refer to our complaints policy.

Brian Johnston Memorial Trust

The Lord's Taverners is a Corporate Trustee of the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust and has the power to appoint its other Trustees. The Trust raises funds to enable financial support to be given to young cricketers with the potential to succeed in the game, who are in financial need, as well as to cricket for the visually impaired

Bankers

National Westminster Bank plc
St James's and Piccadilly Branch 
208 Piccadilly 
London W1A 2DG

Auditor

haysmacintyre
10 Queen Street Place
London EC4R 1AG

Lawyers

Bates Wells
10 Queen Street place
London EC4R 1AG

BELOW to be updated

Click here to view our 2018 Annual Report (PDF - 3MB)
Click here to view our Articles of Association (PDF - 300KB)
Click here to view our Association Bye-laws

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