Beneficiaries' Lunch 2024

08 March 2024

The Master, James Staughton, presents a tankard to Anthony Fuller

On Thursday 7 March the Master and Wardens were pleased to host a Luncheon for guests from our charity beneficiaries, as well as advisors and other people who support our charity work.

The Master, James Staughton, said: “This day is the most important one in our calendar for two reasons. First, it’s the day that the Court meeting at which we broadly agree, subject to audit, the distribution of the Dame Alice Owen Foundation funds. I am pleased to announce that the Foundation will distribute at least £1.5million for the next school year to our Islington beneficiaries and to Dame Alice Owen’s School. Secondly, this occasion enables us to say a heartfelt and collective ‘THANK YOU’ for all the help and support that the Brewers’ Company receives from our professional advisors and facilitators.”

Guests present included the Headteacher of Dame Alice Owen’s School, a remarkable institution recently judged as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, as well as the Leader of Islington Council, and representatives from a number of impressive educational programmes in Islington supported by the Dame Alice Owen Foundation: Upward Bound, Music Education Islington, the Music in Secondary Schools Trust and Science for Life. Also present were supporters and beneficiaries of some of the eleven other charities that the Brewers’ Company administers.

The Luncheon was also attended by a large number of representatives from the Company’s various advisors, including property managers, investment managers, bankers, accountants, lawyers, insurance brokers, IT support and web developers. As the Master pointed out, the charitable work of the Company is dependent on the support of all of these people and more, so it was very pleasing to have the opportunity to thank them. In particular, the Master took the opportunity to give special recognition to Anthony Fuller (pictured) who recently stood down from the Brewers’ Company Property Committee, having served for 47 years during which he provided invaluable advice on the management of property assets which generate income for charitable beneficiaries.