The Trust

The Merchant's House (Marlborough) Trust is a registered charity (no. 1010902) and is limited by guarantee of £1.00 from each of its members. It is governed by its Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association.

The Trust is managed by a board of volunteer trustees and is run day-to-day by a Trust Manager who is supported by a small number of paid staff and a dedicated team of around 100 volunteers who work in the shop, garden and office, in maintenance, running fundraising events, guiding visitors, maintaining archives and a library, and running educational activities for children.

The Trust is a thriving and busy organisation which makes a substantial contribution to the cultural, historic and touristic life of the Town.


Our Trustees

Our board of trustees hold the primary responsibility for the management of the Trust's affairs and for the achievement of the Trust's charitable objectives.

Our volunteer trustees who are also directors of the charity for the purposes of the Companies Act 2006 are:
  • Alison Galvin-Wright (Chair)
  • Mervyn Hall (Vice Chair)
  • Anthony Cohen (Treasurer)
  • Caroline Goodfellow
  • Jane Nicholson
  • Cllr. Andrew Ross (Marlborough Town Council)
  • Cllr. Vanessa Hillier (Marlborough Town Council)
      Trust Manager (and Company Secretary): Kim Wakeham 
      Events and Fundraising Manager: Charlie Usher

Trustees are appointed for a three year term at the end of which they may be reappointed by resolution at the Annual General Meeting of the company. By agreement with Marlborough Town Council, the council has the right to appoint two serving concillors as representatives of the council on the board of trustees. Potential new trustees are met prior to elections to ensure they are sympathetic to the aims of the trust and can contribute towards achieving those aims.

Our Staff

Our paid staff consist of:
  • Trust Manager
  • Events & Fundraising Manager
  • Shop Manager
  • Assistant Shop Managers

Our Volunteers

Our volunteers are crucial to the effectiveness of The Merchant's House. They bring a wide range of experience and expertise to the project, add energy and dynamism to a variety of tasks and help keep costs to a minimum.

For more information on our volunteers and volunteering at The Merchant's House please see our Volunteering page.

The Merchant's House Trading (Marlborough) Limited

A wholly owned subsidiary company, The Merchant's House Trading (Marlborough) Limited, operates our Gift Shop and donates its annual profits to the Trust. The trading company is managed by a separate Board of Directors.