Annual Foundation Appeal

In 1815 the first Annual Foundation Appeal was made to the City to fund the London Orphan Asylum (the original name of Reed’s School) and aroused the interest of the Royal Family and the Duke of Wellington, amongst others. Under the auspices of an Annual Appeal President, fundraising dinners were held and eminent guest speakers, such as Charles Dickens, heard.

Past Appeal Presidents have included: The Duke of Wellington, the Duke of Devonshire, Timothy Guinness, Lionel de Rothschild and several Royal Highnesses, The Princes of Wales (HM King Edward VII, HM King George V and HM King George VI).  The Appeal has been held every year since, making it one of the oldest appeals of its kind in the country.





Hugh PriestleyHugh was educated at Winchester College and graduated from Worcester College, Oxford with a Master of Arts in 1964.  He began his professional career with the Times Newspaper (1964-66) before becoming an investment manager at Henderson Administration(1966-93). Hugh was a Director at Rathbone Investment Management between 1993-2005 and was a Member of the Investment Committee of Independent Age (formerly RUKBA). Additionally, Hugh was Chairman of Jupiter European Opportunities Trust and is a Fellow of UCL.  Hugh is a longstanding supporter of Reed’s School and the Andrew Reed Foundation, previously taking on the role of Foundation Appeal President in 2010-2011 and was a Governor at Reed’s School between 2011 – 2019.

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