• The Quintin Hogg Trust and the Quintin Hogg Memorial Fund are independent charities founded in memory of the Victorian merchant, educator and philanthropist Quintin Hogg.

The Quintin Hogg Trust’s sole purpose is to support the advancement of education of students at the University of Westminster – in keeping with our founder’s lifelong work. The Trust derives its income from a portfolio of Central London property and investments, and aims to allocate all income to projects that fit our purpose.

The Quintin Hogg Memorial Fund supports the education of students of the University through the provision of facilities for their recreation, and is permitted to use those facilities to support other young persons.

As charities, the Trust and Memorial Fund are managed by a Board of Trustees who oversee its finances and decide which activities it will fund.

Photography: David Freeman - University of Westminster


There are currently 9 Trustees – of a potential maximum of 10.

The Trustees offer a broad range of expertise related to the Trust’s aims and activities; three were formerly academics, two have experience in the property sector, another two are lawyers and one is a qualified accountant.

  • Mr Godfrey Cole CBE

    Mr Godfrey Cole CBE

    Appointed in January 2010, Godfrey is the chair of the Trustees. A lawyer by profession, he is a former student at the University of Westminster, and subsequently became a lecturer and governor at the University.

    As chair, he has overseen a substantial transition in the Trust’s governance and status, clearly establishing its independence from the University and then forming the Quintin Hogg Trustee Company. The Trust’s operations have similarly evolved, through the standardisation of the grant application scheme which articulates the Trust’s objects and, he hopes, will lead to applications from a broader range of groups across the University.

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  • Dr Geoffrey Copland CBE

    Dr Geoffrey Copland CBE

    Geoffrey first joined the Trustees in 1996 in an ex officio role as the then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Westminster. When he retired from the latter post in 2007, he remained a Trustee, bringing to the role an unparalleled insight into higher education funding.

    Over his time in post, he has seen the Trust become both increasingly independent of the University and increasingly professional in its operations. He is personally particularly supportive of initiatives that broaden the student experience beyond the core curriculum and of programmes that support students from less advantaged backgrounds.

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  • Mrs Joanna Embling

    Mrs Joanna Embling

    Joanna views her time as a mature student at the University of Westminster as the foundation of her career in the property industry. Keen to support the University, she became a Trustee in July 2013.

    She has worked with several universities and colleges as an adviser on estate matters and as a member of the governing body. Drawing on that knowledge, she has been instrumental in the professionalisation of the Trust’s role as landlord to the University. Joanna is highly supportive of the Trust funding field trips for those who otherwise may not have been able to afford to participate.

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  • The Hon. Dame Mary Hogg DBE

    The Hon. Dame Mary Hogg DBE

    A direct descendant of Quintin Hogg, Mary is the Hogg family representative amongst the Trustees. She is also a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Westminster.

    She has been a governor of the university and Trustee since the mid 1980s when it was felt that both would benefit from the involvement of a younger member of the Hogg family. Mary strongly believes in the Trust's aims and in particular the way it can support students. In her time as a Trustee, she has seen the Trust increase its focus on the needs of students and the University as a whole.

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  • Mr Richard Law

    Mr Richard Law

    Richard has over 30 years’ experience as a chartered accountant in a large accounting firm. He became a Trustee in October 2016, bringing his professional expertise to help oversee the Trust’s financial responsibilities and continue its modernisation.

    Having witnessed the hugely positive response of students to the opportunities created by the Trust’s decision to match all monies raised by the University’s anniversary 125 Fund, he is keen to encourage more applications from students to further their own education and that of their peers.

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  • Dr Ann Rumpus

    Dr Ann Rumpus

    A former lecturer at the University of Westminster, Ann is a recent addition to the Board of Trustees. Throughout her career, she has worked in a range of roles promoting the widening of education. She led the establishment of the University’s Educational Development Unit and has chaired both the Westminster Education Action Zone and the London Open College Network.

    Ann has long been aware of the Trust and its goals and views the support for the 125 Fund as a great example of the Trust’s value to individual students. She hopes to see more applications for funding cross-discipline projects.

    Photography: David Freeman - University of Westminster

  • Mr Don Wood CBE

    Mr Don Wood CBE

    Don spent his professional career in the social housing sector, as chief executive of one of the UK’s largest housing associations. He then became chair of the London Housing Federation, where he oversaw grant-giving, and has previously been a governor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

    He is proud of the Trust’s history and, having seen it clarify its objective and relationship with the University, believes it has huge potential to put Quintin Hogg’s values into practice. To that end, he is particularly keen to support applications from the Students’ Union, and those which demonstrably improve the student experience.

    Photography: David Freeman - University of Westminster

  • Mrs Tracey Hartley

    Mrs Tracey Hartley

    A chartered surveyor, Tracey joins the Board of Trustees in the autumn of 2017 with a particular remit to use her professional skills and knowledge to enhance the Trust’s management of its property portfolio.

    As an experienced charity trustee and a former senior manager of a PLC, Tracey brings considerable expertise in governance to her role. She will apply this wide-ranging experience to contribute to the Trust’s charitable aims and looks forward to working alongside a group of like-minded individuals.

    Photography: David Freeman - University of Westminster

  • Mrs Victoria Batten

    Mrs Victoria Batten

    Victoria has 20 years’ experience in asset management. She attributes her continued professional success to the foundations laid while an undergraduate at the University of Westminster. Victoria joined the Trust in the summer of 2019 and is excited about becoming involved with the planned development of the Chiswick site. As a former captain of the women’s boat club, Victoria has many fond memories of Chiswick and is looking forward to seeing it thrive.

    Victoria has been actively engaged with the University since graduating, including the Alumni Association, the mentoring programme and is a supporter of the 125 Fund. In 2014 she was awarded an honorary doctorate.

Secretary to the trustees and Company Secretary:

  • Mr John Gibbons

    Mr John Gibbons

    John is the Secretary to the Trustees and Company Secretary. A former civil servant, he has experience in managing budgets and working with Board and Committee members.

    As secretary, he works closely with University staff to ensure the smooth allocation of Trust funds. Increased professionalism of the Trust’s operations now enables it to target its resources where they are most needed within the University Community whilst at the same time retaining the original ethos of the Trust’s founder.

    Photography: David Freeman - University of Westminster

Our values

Independent and objective

We are not part of the University of Westminster and make our decisions on funding purely on the basis of our objects – the advancement of education of the students of the University of Westminster.

Energetic and challenging

We actively seek out projects that meet this objective. For example, we have introduced a protocol that at least one application each year should come from the Students’ Union.

Thoughtful and open

We are keen to examine wholly new ideas that meet our purpose and can offer seed funding for new initiatives or to support cutting-edge research. We are also open to applications for funding to support international students at the University of Westminster.

Celebrating our past to drive our future

We believe that Quintin Hogg’s aspirations and values should continue to underpin education today and tomorrow.

Apply for funding

The Quintin Hogg Trust only accepts applications from the University of Westminster, approved by the University’s’ Executive Board.

Application forms can only be downloaded via the University’s intranet site.
You’ll need to state what the purpose of the grant is and how it will meet our aim of advancing the education of University of Westminster students. You’ll also need to state how much money you require. Grants can be spread over one, two or three years.

All applications should first be submitted to the Head of your Department or Faculty, for their approval. Once that is obtained, they are then considered by University Executive Board before being submitted to the Board of Trustees.

There are no set rules on how much funding Board of Trustees can allocate to individual projects. However, from 2018/19, we will only consider a maximum of 30 applications each year and reserve the right to attach conditions to any grants we give.

Funding is granted in early Spring each year, in line with the University’s financial cycle. All projects funded must submit a report to the Board of Trustees the following year detailing the usage of the money and demonstrating what it has enabled.