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.
Lord Renwick of Clifton
Lord Renwick has been a trustee since 1995. He was British ambassador to South Africa (1987-91) and to the United States (1991-95). He is vice-chairman, Investment Banking of JPMorgan Europe and Vice-chairman of JPMorgan Cazenove, a director of Fluor Corporation, Compagnie Financière Richemont, SABMiller and Kazakhmys. He is chairman of Fluor.
Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone PC, DL
Baroness Bottomley has been a trustee since October 2005. She heads the board practice of Odgers Ray & Berndtson. She was a member of the House of Commons (1984-2005) and a member of the Cabinet (1992-1997), serving as Secretary of State, first for Health and then for National Heritage. She is chancellor of the University of Hull, pro-chancellor of the University of Surrey and governor of the London School of Economics. She is a member of the UK Advisory Council of the International Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge University Judge Institute of Management Studies and the Supervisory Board of Akzo Nobel NV. Baroness Bottomley is a non-executive director of BUPA.
Clayton Brendish CBE
Clayton Brendish has been a trustee since 1999. He is non-executive chairman of Anite Group, Echo Research and Close Beacon Investment Fund. A non-executive director of British Telecommunications and Herald Investment Trust, he is a trustee of the Foundation for Liver Research and a director of The Test and Itchen Association.
Bryan Sanderson has been a trustee since May 2006. He was appointed chairman of Northern Rock in October 2007. He is chairman of the Sunderland Area Regeneration Company, a governor of the London School of Economics and a director of Durham CCC.