New Secretary Appointed

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 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, Read more…

Fund’s objectives

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/

Best Practice Guidance adopted by Highways England

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/

Mary Lewis stands down

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 Read more…

Coronavirus Update – Applications process re-opened

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 Read more…

Webinar success – view now

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/

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund – Webinar 16 July “What have the roads ever done for us?”

The Fund will be running its first Webinar on 16th July. Steve Gooding, Director of the RAC Foundation and a Rees Jeffreys Trustee, will be hosting the event and will be joined by an excellent, diverse panel of speakers. It promises to be a lively and interesting debate fitting for the 70th Anniversary of the Fund. So much has changed since 1950 when William Rees Jeffreys founded the Road Fund eight years before the first Read more…

Tony Depledge stands down as a Trustee

Tony Depledge has stood down as a Trustee of the Fund after 14 years of service. Tony brought a wealth of transport expertise particularly on public transport where he worked at a senior level in both the public and the private sectors. On behalf of the Trustees David Tarrant thanked Tony for his contribution. “Tony’s broad range of experience and expertise will be missed by his fellow Trustees. Tony always provided a thoughtful contribution, with Read more…

Coronavirus Update – Applications Pause

It is with much regret that the Trustees have decided to pause all consideration of new applications for funding this year.  The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund relies entirely on its investments to support its work and, given the volatile and uncertain state of the markets, it has decided it is prudent to pause all further spending this year and concentrate on honouring its existing commitments. Chairman David Tarrant commented “I hope everyone who is involved Read more…