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Our approach

The Leathersellers’ Foundation is a grant funder that enables individuals and communities by working with charities, fosters opportunity through education, and supports the UK leather trade. We are committed to being an open and trusted funder and are signed up to the IVAR Flexible Funders initiative.

We award grants across our three core areas of charity, education and leather, with applications invited for different programmes throughout the year.

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What to expect from us

From the application process to end of grant reporting, this is what you can expect:


At every touch point, we aim to provide clarity in our approach, from application criteria and reporting, to sharing impact and learning. We set out to build trust with all our grantees and partners. We publish information about our Small and Main Grants on 360 Giving and are committed to open and trusting grant-making via the Institute for Voluntary Action Research.


We want your grant application to be as straightforward as possible while holding ourselves to best practice standards. We aim to be responsive, timely and consider the resources of others.


We listen and encourage dialogue. No two grantees and application are exactly the same – we strive to be understanding, patient and compassionate.


Our funding decisions impact individuals and communities across the UK, and we acknowledge and respect this responsibility. For more information on accountability and who to contact for complaints or feedback, please go here.


We work with our grantees, other funders, and institutions to help reach our objectives as the Leathersellers’ Foundation.

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There are two Trustees of the Leathersellers Foundation: the Leathersellers’ Company, acting through its Court of Assistants (The Board); and the Chief Executive & Clerk to the Company.


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Matthew Lawrence

Chief Executive and Clerk to the Company
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Mark Williams


The Court of Assistants

Mark Williams Nicholas Tusting James Russell Nicholas Preston Clare Lennon Charles Barrow Miles Emley Matthew Pellereau Martin Pebody Antony Barrow Mike Bradly Russell Christopher Barrow Jonathan Muirhead Gavin Bacon Martin Dove David Barrow James Lang Richard Chard Tim Fooks Hamish Williams Sean Williams Caspar Williams Will Cock Alistair Tusting Mark Berman Jasper Holmes Jeremy Curtis

Awarding grants

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Grants are awarded by the trustees on the recommendation of its Charity, Education and Leather Trade Committees, which include a number of trustees. The trustees set a budget for charitable giving at the start of the financial year, following consideration of the Foundation’s investment assets over the last three years. Grants programmes and performance are continually reviewed throughout the year.

Adding value for our grantees and partners

Link & Learn

This annual event welcomes charity partners to Leathersellers’ Hall to cover issues that matter the most to them, with panel discussions and guest speakers as well as networking opportunities. Past topics have included fundraising, application writing, and diversifying income.

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