About Us

We are a partnership between The Aurora Trust, The JJ Charitable Trust, and The Mark Leonard Trust, three of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.

We formed the Collaboration in 2011 in response to the growing urgency of climate change.

For each trust, income from grant-making comes from the return on investment from its investment portfolios and donations from the chairs of the trust.

Butler-Sloss Judgement

The trustees of the Aurora and Mark Leonard Trusts obtained legal clarity at the High Court on trustee investment duties. Previously, there was a lack of clarity on how charities managed conflicts between holding investments in companies which conflicted with their charitable work and the potential financial return.

The trustees wanted to adopt investment policies which aligned their portfolios with the Paris Agreement but were unsure if the previous legal framework enabled them to do so.  The Butler-Sloss judgement confirmed the trustees could adopt these policies and clarified the general nature and scope of trustee investment duties.

The Aurora Trust

The Aurora Trust was founded by Sarah Butler-Sloss in 1989. The Trust’s primary focus is tackling climate change through its programme areas: sustainable farming, stopping deforestation, home energy efficiency and connecting people with nature. The Aurora Trust also funds its sister charity Ashden – Climate Solutions in Action.

The JJ Charitable Trust

The JJ Charitable Trust was founded by Julian Sainsbury in 1992. It aims to encourage a different global mindset for societal wellness and environmental regeneration, with our economies balanced within the world’s ecological system.

The Mark Leonard Trust

The Mark Leonard Trust was founded by Mark Sainsbury in 1994. The Trust generally has long term relationships with a group of grantees, aiming to help them fulfil their purposes through more sustained funding, organisational development and support from each other. Their work lies in four main areas: Sustainable agriculture and food, young people at risk of anti-social or criminal activities, refugees, and music and disability.

Our Trustees

      • Sarah Butler-Sloss – Chair of The Aurora Trust
      • Mark Sainsbury – Chair of the Mark Leonard Trust and Trustee of the JJ Charitable Trust
      • John Julian Sainsbury – Chair of the JJ Charitable Trust and Trustee of the Mark Leonard Trust
      • Lucy Guard – Trustee of the JJ Charitable Trust
      • Grace Yu – Trustee of the Aurora Trust
      • Claire Birch – Trustee of the Aurora Trust
      • Claudia Gonella – Trustee of the JJ Charitable Trust
      • Zivi Sainsbury – Trustee of the Mark Leonard Trust

Our Team

      • Karen Everett: CEO of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts
      • Sian Ferguson: Trust Executive
      • Eva Beresford: Deputy Trust Executive
      • Darren Chin: Deputy Trust Executive
      • Emily Griffin: Trust Support Officer
      • Beverley Huddy: PA/Trust Administrator
      • Anup Shah: Senior Finance Partner