It is thanks to our supporters that Trust Leeds is able to carry out its purpose to help enterprising people and communities to grow their confidence and business ambitions. We gratefully acknowledge the support, donations and funding from a range of people who are inspired to invest in our work.

Patron: Rachel Lord

Trust Leeds is delighted to have someone of Rachel’s calibre, expertise and perspective as Patron. Having lived in Leeds as a student and worked in global finance since then, Rachel’s philanthropic gifts to Trust Leeds reflect her wish to give back to the city and support ‘unexpected entrepreneurs’.

Rachel Lord is a Senior Managing Director of BlackRock and Chair and Head of Asia Pacific where she oversees all business activities in the region. She graduated in 1987 from the University in Leeds with a BA (Hons) First Class in International History and Politics. In 2020, Rachel was named by the Financial News (UK) as one of 100 most influential women in European Finance for the tenth year running, and was also named as the Asset Management Industry Leader of the Year for 2020. 


Wolfstar Consultancy
Liza Kellett, Trust Leeds’ Chief Executive, explains how she values the significant pro-bono support kindly supplied by the team at Wolfstar Consultancy.
NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator

With the objective of providing entrepreneurs with unique coaching, environments, digital learning and networks, NatWest runs an exciting programme to help entrepreneurs thrive and scale.

Rachel Lord
Trust Leeds is delighted to have someone of Rachel’s calibre, expertise and perspective as a supporter and ally for our new charitable company.


The Leeds Community Foundation
The Leeds Community Foundation’s small grants programme is designed to support community-based activities and build capacity – perfect for a tiny, brand new organisation like Trust Leeds to get a project off the ground.

Trust Leeds is honoured to be a part of the network of UnLtd Award winners, with its Chief Executive having been granted a Do It Award to help set up this charity.

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Scurrah Wainwright Charity

It was a real vote of confidence when a local social reform trust, the Scurrah Wainwright Charity, made a core grant to Trust Leeds to support our work in setting up Self-Reliant Groups and investing micro-loans in enterprising people who face poverty and financial exclusion.



My mum!
Like most new enterprises, it’s family and friends who are the first – and most enduring – supporters. Annie Kellett’s generous gift when Trust Leeds was just an ambition, was hugely valued and valuable. She’s pictured here with her grandson Felix Stansfield, who joined the family bandwagon and become Trust Leeds’ first volunteer Intern (particularly noted for his skills in producing our first video).
Much of our first year’s funding came from a quiet, yet deeply effective charitable foundation which supports work in communities which challenges social injustice. This investment in Trust Leeds’ core purpose and ambition was what enabled us to start. Thank you.