How We Operate

The Trust does not accept unsolicited requests for funding. Rather, the Trust works directly with partners to imagine and co-create projects for potential funding by the Trust.

The Trust does not raise funds through requests for donations from the public. All funding support provided by the Trust currently comes from income from our endowment. This endowment is currently managed by Evelyn Partners, signatories to the United Nation’s Principles of Responsible Investment and  following the stewardship code laid down by the Financial Reporting Council. Where possible the Trust looks for ethical investments to promote; greenhouse gas emissions reductions, environmental quality (e.g. enhance biodiversity, limit forest loss), food and nutritional security (reduce both under and over nutrition), and equitable partnerships (e.g. enhancing community-led social enterprises).


The Williamson Trust is run by a dedicated team of three Trustees tasked with delivering the charitable aims of the Trust. They work with our partners to ensure the Trust’s financial stability, and to build a growing portfolio of empowered individuals, organisations and projects that deliver our Healthy Planet, Healthy People vision. The Trustees act as ambassadors for the Williamson Trust, and articulate its successful change making.

Dr David E Salt, PhD, FRSE

Chair of Trustees
Emeritus Prof Plant Biology
Chief Scientific Officer NuKoKo
Editor, runner and potter.

Dr Karen N Salt, PhD

Senior leader in research policy
Specialist in community partnerships and systems change
Race and governance scholar
Writer & lover of books

Keith Fountain, BA

Retired barrister,
Sports fan