Our Trustees & Staff
The Southall Trust is a registered charity, governed by a group of trustees, all of whom are relatives of the Trust's founder, Wilfred Southall. The trustees are volunteers and employ a Trust Secretary to manage the Trust on a day-to-day basis. Throughout the year the Secretary will work alongside sub-groups of trustees to assess grant applications and the whole group meets together roughly every four months.
Brief biographies of each trustee and our Trust Secretary can be found below.
Please note that grant applications should not be submitted directly to trustees, even if a personal relationship exists. The application process is designed to uphold our principles of fairness and integrity and all applicants must follow the same application process.
Chair – Mark Holtom
Mark became a trustee of the Southall Trust in 1989 and became Chair in November 2015. He is a great-grandson of Wilfred Southall.
Mark’s grandparents were Corder and Gwen Catchpool (née. Southall). Gwen Catchpool was a former trustee of the Southall Trust and, in 1962, endowed a separate grant-making trust, called the Gwen Catchpool Charity. This charity merged with the Southall Trust in 1991.
Donald became a trustee of the Southall Trust in November 1987 and was Chair between 1999 and 2015. Wilfred Southall was Donald’s grandfather.
Donald’s parents were Dr Kenneth and Phyllis Southall. Kenneth was a founding trustee of the WF Southall Trust and chaired the Trust between 1953 and 1982. In 1969, Kenneth and Phyllis endowed a separate grant-making trust called the K & P Southall Trust. In July 2000, this trust amalgamated with the WF Southall Trust, providing approximately 13% of the WF Southall Trust’s portfolio of assets. (Please see our history page for more information).
Joanna became a trustee of the Southall Trust in November 1994. She is joined by her mother, Annette Wallis, and daughter, Hannah Engelkamp as fellow trustees. Joanna is a great-granddaughter to Wilfred Southall.
Richard became a trustee of the Southall Trust in 2006. His mother, Daphne Maw, and grandfather, Kenneth Southall, were both Chairs of the Trust. Richard is a great-grandson to Wilfred Southall.
Hannah became a trustee of the Southall Trust in November 2008. She is a great-great-granddaughter to Wilfred Southall.
Andrew became a trustee of the Southall Trust in March 2017. His father, Henry Southall, and grandfather, Kenneth Southall, were both Chairmen of the Trust. Andrew is a great-grandson to Wilfred Southall.
Philip became a trustee of the Southall Trust in March 2017. He is a great-great-grandson to Wilfred Southall.
Trust Secretary – Wil Berdinner
Wil was appointed Trust Secretary in September 2017 and manages the day-to-day operation of the Trust on behalf of the trustees. He brings many years of charity sector experience to this role – including several years in positions of charity leadership and governance. Therefore, he appreciates the challenges that fundraisers face when approaching grant makers. Do contact Wil if your charity is in need of any support with its application to the Trust.