We are delighted to announce that John Lotherington, Director of the 21st Century Trust and a Program Director at the Salzburg Global Seminar, has been appointed to our board of trustees, for a five-year term.

John is also a governor of Goodenough College, London, and the former Chair and now Secretary of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, which brings together civil society, government, business and academia to explore the relationship between sustainable development and democracy.

He began his career in history education and has a number of publications to his name, both as editor and author. 

'An honour'

On joining the Board, John said, 'In a society faced with such divisions and uncertainties, the work of an organisation such as Cumberland Lodge, bringing people together to explore differences creatively and to clarify shared values, is of continuing, vital importance. 

'It is an honour to join the board as a trustee in support of this mission.'

'A genuine passion'

Together with our Chief Executive, Ed Newell, our Board is responsible for setting the overall strategy for Cumberland Lodge and for ensuring that the charity is well run. Our Chair of Trustees is The Rt Hon the Baroness Prashar of Runnymede, our Vice-Chair is Baroness Pitkeathley of Caversham, and our Treasurer is Simon Pearce.

Speaking aout John's appointment, Ed said, 'We are so pleased that John has joined us as a trustee. He not only brings with him a vast amount of relevant experience, but he has a genuine passion for the role of dialogue in promoting social progress. We are very fortunate to have him on board, and I look forward to working with him over the coming years.'

Governance structures

On 1 July 2019, two of our long-serving trustees stepped down from the Board, having completed their respective terms in office. Lynne Berry OBE (Vice-Chair) and the author Salley Vickers, both stepped down after 10 years of service at trustees.

A list of all our current trustees can be found here, with photos and biographies.