The Fund’s Annual Report and Financial Statement for 2020 is now available at https://www.reesjeffreys.co.uk/annual-reports/. An annual return for 2020 to the Charity Commission has also been completed.
A project funded by Rees Jeffreys has won a prestigious national award. Plantlife has been awarded the CIEEM Best Practice Knowledge Sharing Award 2020 for Managing grassland road verges: a best practice guide. Over 1000 copies of the guidelines are now in circulation and some of the best practice approaches highlighted in the guide have already being translated into action on the ground. This practical guide is for highways managers, road engineers, operations managers, landscape architects and all those engaged with verge management and creation. For more information the report can be found on Plantlife’s website here.
Details of the Awards made for 2020 have now been published and can be found on the projects page
A total of £112,566 (including £10,000 for a graduate bursary) was awarded to 7 organisations or individuals.
The Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of Ruth Bravery as the next Secretary of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund. She will be taking over from Brian Murrell, who is standing down after five years as the Fund’s Secretary. Ruth will initially be working alongside Brian until the next meeting of the Trustees in February when Brian will formally hand over to Ruth.
Ruth has worked in the charity sector since 2010, with leadership roles in both national and local charities. She now uses her knowledge and experience to guide charities to evolve and improve their service, operations, governance and strategy. Prior to this Ruth spent twenty years in the Civil Service, in strategic, policy and operational roles.
Volunteering is a core focus for Ruth, having volunteered in various roles throughout her life, including several roles as a Trustee. Ruth draws on this experience in her role as a member of the national assessing committee for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Ruth likes to play an active part in her local community and for time out enjoys gardening and long-distance walking.
David Tarrant, Chairman thanked Brian for his service to the Fund and welcomed Ruth’s appointment. “Brian has provided excellent administrative and financial support to the Trustees during his time with us. I am confident Ruth will follow seamlessly in Brian’s footsteps and take the work of the Fund forward with fresh ideas and new enthusiasm”.
Brian Murrell will continue to lead on the work of the Fund up to its first meeting in February, with Ruth shadowing.
From February Ruth will take on full responsibility for the role with Brian providing support and advice to ensure a smooth handover.
The Fund was established 70 years ago in 1950 and its founding objectives reflected the transport issues of the day. Trustees have now decided on a modern restatement of the Fund’s Objectives to ensure they remain relevant and understandable to applicants and other interested parties. More details can be found at https://www.reesjeffreys.co.uk/objectives/
Recommendations from a best practice guide funded by Rees Jeffreys has been adopted by Highways England. Highways England have announced they will be adopting a low fertility topsoil approach on all new road schemes as advocated in Plantlife’s report on Managing Grassland Road Verges. For more information visit https://www.reesjeffreys.co.uk/transport-reports/
Links to two interesting webinars RJ@70 and the FTVG’s 2020 Vision event can be found on our Publications page.
Mary Lewis has stood down as a Trustee after serving for six years. Mary played an invaluable role particularly in shaping the Fund’s approach to Bursaries, working with the Universities to update it for 2021 to reflect changing times. Mary has also made a big contribution to the work of the Investment Sub Group. David Tarrant commented “We are very sorry to lose Mary who has added great value to our work during her time as a Trustee, always contributing to debate and willing to assist with the business of the Fund, notably on Bursaries and advising on the recent investment review.”
The Trustees are pleased to announce their decision to re-open the application process from 1st August 2020. Careful consideration has been given to the Fund’s overall financial position and its future commitments. It will continue with its policy of not making any new commitments before January 2021 and not to run the bursary scheme for the academic year 2020/21.
This decision will enable applicants to prepare proposals for submission to the two remaining meetings in 2020. The Trustees will continue to monitor the financial situation closely to ensure that adequate funds are available; and may need to pause applications again if circumstances change. For more detail go to https://www.reesjeffreys.co.uk/contact-us/
Well done and thank you to everyone involved in the Fund’s first ever Webinar “What have the Roads ever done for us?”. Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHbTuUirTKw&pbjreload=101 to view the event recording. An article on the event’s can be also found on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/never-waste-crisis-rethinking-what-we-want-our-roads-do-glenn-lyons/