Our Trustees

Our board of trustees is responsible for the charity’s strategic governance and comprises 11 people who live or work in Richmond.

They oversee all aspects of the charity including our almshouses, community and welfare grants and are also responsible for the charity’s historical endowed assets made up of our property and investments.

Trustee positions are voluntary, but travel expenses can be reimbursed. The board meets once every two months in Richmond. There are also regular meetings of the sub-committees: Finance Committee, Property Committee, Welfare Committee, Risk Management Committee and the Safeguarding Group.

Trustee positions are held for a maximum of three terms of four years each. When vacancies arise, they are usually openly advertised locally. For further information, please contact Juliet Ames-Lewis on 020 8948 4188.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Jon Blythe

Jon Blythe is an accountant with a small tax practice on the Upper Richmond Road West. He comes from Coventry but has been in the Parish of Mortlake with East Sheen for 40 years (5 in Mortlake, 35 in East Sheen) where he is Treasurer and a member of the congregation at All Saints. His interests are more sporting than intellectual - tennis features very high, but rugby has always been top. He has recently become a grandfather and it hasn’t taken long for the boys to cast their spell! He can often be found at the Hare & Hounds in East Sheen, he attends to his wife’s allotment when necessary and in between things does enjoy juggling. Jon was a Trustee of Mortlake Almshouse & Relief Charities for 30 years and its Chair for 15 years.

Following the merger of Mortlake and The Richmond Charities in 2021, Jon was co-opted to the board of The Richmond Charities in January 2022.