Sir Dusty Miller reflects on the work of Sir Henry Elwes as he steps down as Chairman of the Trust.
The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire was formed in 2007, based on the vision of the then Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Sir Henry Elwes KCVO. He felt that a new partnership should be established to uphold the county’s traditions and history, to ensure that its future achievements were encouraged and celebrated, and to promote charitable giving for the benefit of those living in the county.
In 2012 Sir Henry, together with a small number of other founding members of the Company, set up a separate Charitable Trust as a tax-efficient way of reinforcing and delivering the Company’s charitable objectives. The 8 trustees who meet a maximum of 4 times each year vote annually to elect their Chairman, a position held by Sir Henry from inception until his final meeting in March 2021 when he fulfilled his maximum term of office as a trustee within the provisions of the Declaration of Trust.
Under Sir Henry’s chairmanship, the Trust made grants totalling some £200,000.00 to deserving causes in the county. He also established a very strong relationship with the Gloucestershire Community Foundation with which the Trust now works closely yet retains its independence. The Trust, which benefits from members’ individual contributions, is a powerful force for good in the county.
We owe Sir Henry our most fulsome gratitude for his clarity of vision, leadership, wise counsel and unwavering support for our county over very many years. As Warden Emeritus, he remains a member of Court for the Honourable Company.