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.
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.
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.