What is the The Marketors’ Trust?


The Marketors’ Trust is an independent charity (Charity registration number 272339) that is closely linked to the Worshipful Company of Marketors. It was set up in 1976 by Reginald Bowden, the Founder Master of the Marketors’ Company, and other founding fathers. Its objectives have remained unchanged since its creation.

The Trust has four core objectives:

1: The relief of any current or former Member of the Company (and their dependants) who is in ‘necessitous circumstances’.

2: The education of persons connected with Marketing.

3: The awarding of grants to charitable organisations connected with marketing or education.

4: Any other charitable purpose, particularly connected to the City of London.


Who does the The Marketors’ Trust help?


The Trust distributes around £60-£70k of funds annually. This charitable giving falls into several general categories

We look after our own in need, as guided by our Almoners.

We encourage excellence in marketing education, by making awards and granting bursaries, in conjunction with some of the country’s leading business schools (e.g. Cass, Bath, Regent’s, and Westminster), to graduate students at the cutting edge of marketing thinking.

We support our marketing industry and its professional bodies such as the CIM, the Market Research Society, the History of Advertising Trust and the Archive of Social & Market Research, by funding awards in association with them and making charitable grants to assist them.

We encourage the professional development of career marketers by, for example, supporting the Museum of Brands’ Professional Development programme of talks and events.

We support the Mayoralty and the City of London Corporation by donations to the Lord Mayor’s Annual Appeal, to City and Guilds, to the Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund and to the Mansion House Scholarship Fund, as well as events like Jailed & Bailed for the British Red Cross and the Big Curry Lunch for the Army Benevolent Fund.

We support the Company’s Armed Service affiliations, 151 Regiment, HMS St Albans and St. Dunstan’s College CCF with charitable awards and also donate to our own church, St Bride’s.

We support each Master with £2000 of donations to charities of his or her choice.

In addition to the allocated budgeted giving of £50-£60k p.a. the Trust is now in a position where it also has unallocated reserves, which it hopes to distribute in coming years to causes that will positively contribute to our objectives.

None of this could happen without the generosity of Liverymen and Freemen, past and present. Charitable giving has been at the heart of City Livery Companies from their inception and as Marketors we are proud to continue this tradition. For more information about the Trust please contact  the Chairman of the Trust, Court Assistant Phil Andrew

Marketors’ Trust Annual Report and Accounts 2019

Marketors’ Trust Annual Report and Accounts 2020


Who manages and oversees the Trust?


The Trust is governed by up to 10 Trustees, which include the Chairman, who is appointed by the Court, the Master, the Senior and Middle Wardens, the Hon Treasurer and up to five other Liverymen, with the Clerk acting as its Secretary. The current Trustees are:

  • Court Assistant Phil Andrew (Chairman)
  • Master
  • Senior Warden
  • Middle Warden
  • Treasurer
  • Desiree Clarke-Noble
  • David Cowell
  • Alan Mackay