The Worshipful
Company of Basketmakers

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 Charitable Trust - About Us

Our approach

In recent years the Charitable Trust has concentrated on working with fewer charity partners and offering a commitment to support over a longer period, typically three years. This approach offers our partner charities increased financial certainty and the opportunity to plan for sustainable growth. It also allows the Trust to develop closer relationships with the charities and more easily ensure that funds are being used responsibly. 

A key focus is on charities with social and welfare objectives, addressing pressing issues such as rehabilitation, homelessness and care for the elderly, primarily in the areas of London in most need.
For the basketry world we provide bursaries, assistance for exhibitions, social help and basketmaking classes. In 2019, the 450thanniversary of the Basketmakers’ Company, 50% of all the Trust’s giving was to the trade. This included supporting the Company’s Guildhall Trade Fair for basketmakers from all over the country.


The Trustees are the key management personnel of the Charitable Trust. They direct, control, run and operate the Trust. They give their time freely and do not receive remuneration. 
New Trustees are appointed by the existing Trustees. The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers has the power to remove Trustees.

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Graham Aslet  

​​​​​​​Graham is an actuary who has worked for over 50 years in the life assurance business. For much of this time he was an executive director and Company Actuary of Friends Provident Life Office. When he ceased full-time employment he was a non-executive director and also a paid member of with-profit committees, also in the life assurance business. He has been a member of the Council of the Institute of Actuaries, serving as one of its Hon Secretaries and also as its Hon Treasurer. He became a Trustee of the Charitable Trust in September 2015 and its Chairman in October 2015.

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Julian Adams

​​​​​​​Julian has spent his entire working life in the City of London. He was an Executive Director of the Bank of England where he was responsible for the supervision of the insurance market in the UK. In 2015 he stepped down from the Bank to join Prudential PLC’s Executive Committee to take on responsibility for regulation and Government Affairs across the group. Julian recently joined M&G where he will perform the same role. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Association of British Insurers. Julian has been a Trustee of the Charitable Trust since 2013. 

Tony Charlwood

Tony trained as an accountant with the City of Westminster, qualifying in 1974. He spent 20 years in local government before joining Gartmore in the City in 1990. He ultimately retired from Aviva Investors in 2008 and now runs his own financial consultancy. Tony joined the Trustees in 2020 to take over responsibility for the Charitable Trust's finances. He is the Basketmakers’ church warden at The Guild Church of St Margaret Pattens and a member of the Parish Clerks. He served as Chairman of the Farriers Registration Council from 2016 to 2018. He is an enthusiastic photographer, photographing steam railways, travel and family.

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Stephen Gee

Stephen’s career was in the retail sector. He spent his entire professional life at Harrods, where after completing the Executive Training Scheme he held various managerial and buying positions, including Buyer for Modern Furniture and Section Manager for the Furniture and Furnishings Division. Stephen was involved in charity work in the retail trade before becoming a Trustee of the Charitable Trust in 2013. In his spare time he enjoys reading history and visiting museums specialising in Georgian European decorative arts, pictures and furniture, both in the UK and abroad.

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Chris C. Hipkins FCSI

​​​​​​​Chris is a financial services professional with over 50 years’ experience working in the City of London. He was a Partner in a Stock Exchange Jobbing firm until ‘Big Bang’ and subsequently held senior management roles with International Banks such as BNP Paribas and Credit Lyonnais. Chris was a non-executive director of the London operation of pan Asian stockbroker CLSA , a subsidiary of the Chinese bank CITIC,  a post he held for six years until he retired in 2020. He was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment in 2005. Chris became a Trustee of the Charitable Trust in 2011.

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Philip Miles

Philip has worked in the City of London’s financial world since 1990 and is a fund manager, currently at Canaccord but previously at Collins Stewart and before that at NatWest Stockbrokers.  He  has held a number of charitable and philanthropic positions including as Trustee of charities and as a committee member and then Chairman of Livery Schools Link, which co-ordinates support from all Livery Companies for schools with a focus on deprived areas of London.  He has been Chair of Governors and Chair of Schools Forum in an east London borough. Philip’s investment background means he takes responsibility for liaising with the Charitable Trust’s investment managers and for monitoring their performance.​​​​​​​ Philip has been a Trustee since 2015.

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Dorothy Newlands
of Lauriston

​​​​​​​Dorothy was voted Britain’s Technology Journalist of the Year and has written - as Dorothy Walker - for most of the national newspapers. She runs a bid-writing practice working with infrastructure companies. Her early career was in financial systems in the City, in business development and marketing. Dorothy became a Trustee of the Charitable Trust in 2020. She has served as Deacon of the Incorporation of Wrights, heading the Glasgow-based charity, and as a Trustee of the Trades House of Glasgow. Dorothy holds a degree in archaeology from London’s Institute of Archaeology, and she and her husband have restored their medieval Lauriston Castle in Aberdeenshire, once a royal fortress. 

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Stephen Bowsher

​​​​​​​Steve trained as a primary school teacher after completing a degree in Economics and has worked in education for over 25 years. He has held a number of positions in schools in the London Borough of Redbridge and Essex and is currently serving as a Headteacher. He is passionate about London and the City of London. Steve is currently the Basketmakers' representative for Livery Schools Link. He became a Trustee in 2022

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Hedley French
Trustee and Hon Sec

​​​​​​​Hedley’s career has been with the military, as an underwriter and then as a broker in the Lloyd’s insurance market and more recently with the oil industry providing financial, logistics and project management support to frontier oilfield development projects in the Falkland Islands and across Africa. Hedley is a Chartered Certified Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute. He is a Trustee of the Charitable Trust with responsibility for Donations and is the Honorary Secretary.


Annual Report and Accounts 2021