The trust shares of the company are held by trustees, whose consent is needed for certain corporate activities, such as the appointments of the editor of The Economist and of the chairman of the Group.
Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone PC, DL
Trustee since October 2005. Heads the board practice of Odgers Berndtson. Member of the House of Commons (1984- 2005). Member of the Cabinet (1992-97), serving as Secretary of State, first for Health and then for National Heritage. Chancellor of the University of Hull, pro-chancellor of the University of Surrey and governor of the London School of Economics. Member of the UK Advisory Council of the International Chamber of Commerce and of the International Advisory Panel of Chugai Pharmaceutical. Non-executive director of BUPA and of Smith & Nephew.
Trustee since December 2009. Deputy chairman of G3 and a non-executive director of Big Yellow Group. Board member of the National Theatre, senior adviser to Chatham House, vice-chair of Business for New Europe and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce UK Governing Body, the Development Committee of the National Gallery, the International Advisory Board of Uria Menendez and the Advisory Board of the Centre for European Reform. Former senior partner of Slaughter and May.
Lord O'Donnell CB, KCB, GCB
Trustee since 2012. Press secretary to Prime Minister John Major (1990-94). UK executive director on the boards of the IMF and the World Bank (1997-98). At the UK Treasury, appointed Managing Director of Macroeconomic Policy and International Finance in 1999, serving as Permanent Secretary from 2002 to 2005. Appointed to the House of Lords in 2012, having served three British prime ministers as Cabinet Secretary and Head of Civil Service from 2005 to 2011.