Our Vice-Patrons

The Rt Hon Frank Field MP DL, Vice-Patron

Frank Field was Chairman of the Trust from it's inception in 2012.  He stepped down from this role on 19 July 2017, however Trustees were delighted that he accepted their invitation to become a Vice-Patron instead, so we can continue to benefit from his influence and experience.  
Frank worked as Director of the Child Poverty Action Group from 1969-79.  In 1974 he also became director of the Low Pay Unit until 1980. Since 1979, he has been a Member of Parliament for Birkenhead.  In 1990 he took up chairmanship of the Social Security Select Committee up to 1997, when he was appointed the Welfare Reform Minister until 1998, in Tony Blair’s first Government.  After the 2010 General Election he undertook a review of poverty for the Government, the report of which – The Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults – was published in December 2010.  Frank currently chairs the Work and Pensions Select Committee and sits on the Advisory Council for The Centre for Social Justice, a think tank that aims to develop effective solutions to combat poverty and social breakdown in the UK .

Why I Became a Trustee

Lord Griffiths of Forestfach, Vice-Patron

Lord Griffiths is a member of the boards of Goldman Sachs International and Goldman Sachs International Bank and chairman of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Audit, Business Practice and Compliance Committee of both boards.
He started his professional career in academia; teaching at the London School of Economics from 1965 to 1976 and appointed professor of Banking and International Finance at the City University in 1976. He was dean of the City University Business School from 1982 to 1985. He was also a director of the Bank of England from 1982 to 1985.

From 1985 to 1990, Lord Griffiths served at No 10 Downing Street as head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit.  As special advisor to Margaret Thatcher, he was responsible for domestic policy-making and a chief architect of the government's privatization and deregulation programs.

He is a non-executive director of Times Newspapers Holdings Ltd and has served on the boards of ServiceMaster, English, Welsh and Scottish Railway, Land Securities Trillium, Westminster Health Care and Herman Miller Inc.

He has also been chairman of the School Examination and Assessment Council, the Centre for Policy Studies and a member of various Select Committees in the House of Lords.

Lord Griffiths was for many years Chairman of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lambeth Fund.  He is Chairman of Christian Responsibility in Public Affairs.  He has written and lectured extensively on economic issues and the relationships of the Christian faith to politics and business and has published various books on monetary policy and Christian ethics.

Born in Fforestfach, Swansea in 1941, Lord Griffiths was educated at Dynevor Grammar School and the London School of Economics.