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.




Appeal President 2022 2023Oliver has more than 50 years experience in the finance industry in the UK and abroad. He started his career with Arthur Andersen and later joined N M Rothschild, where he became a director in corporate finance, later holding senior positions at Barclays, including Group Finance Director. He is also chair of Stanhope Holdings. Most recently, he was Chair of Starling Bank, until his retirement in 2021. Has previously been chair of Home Retail Group and deputy chair of 3i and has served on the boards of GUS, Pilkington, Rank and Standard Chartered Bank. He also previously served as chair of Care International (UK), chair of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), chair of the Natural History Museum and as a trustee of the Chichester Festival Theatre.


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