Who We Are

Our Trustees, Staff and History


CHK Foundation is a family foundation and the majority of the Trustees are descendants of the founder, Sir Cyril Kleinwort.

There is  also a ‘non-family’ Trustee on the Board, who brings specialist financial expertise to the CHK Foundation Finance and Investment Committee.

The Trustees are closely involved in all aspects of the Foundation’s work. Working in subcommittees of the Board,  the Trustees consider and assess funding proposals, oversee the governance, and set and evaluate strategy and performance.  The Trustees also provide the oversight of the investment of the Foundation’s endowed funds, which are invested in a diverse range of assets which are managed in a socially responsible way.

Katharine Loyd (Chairman)
Elisalex de Castro Peake
Charles Kirwan-Taylor
Lucy Morris
Pandora Morris
Camilla Peake
Edward Peake
Serena Prest
Rupert Prest



Jane Darlington is the Executive Director at CHK Foundation.  Jane manages the day to day operations and oversees the delivery of the 5 year plan.  Jane qualified and worked as a Chartered Accountant for 10 years before she founded the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, a grant making charity which she set up and ran for 14 years.



In 1961 Sir Cyril Kleinwort, chairman of Kleinwort Benson from 1966 to 1974, funded The Sir Cyril Kleinwort Charitable Trust with his three sons-in-law as trustees. This charitable trust continued after his death (on 8 September 1980), and when Kleinwort Benson was sold in 1995, it was decided by his daughters to set aside a considerable amount of the proceeds to establish a new charitable company called CHK Charities Limited. The remaining assets of the Sir Cyril Kleinwort Charitable Trust were transferred to this new family charitable company following which the trust was dissolved and removed from the charity register on 6th June 1996.

The constitution of CHK Charities Limited was amended in 2019 and the name changed to CHK Foundation.