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The Rhodes Trust and Trustees
The Rhodes Trust is an educational charity whose principal activity is to support scholars selected from 14 constituencies in order to study at the University of Oxford.
To view the will of Cecil Rhodes and other key governance documents for the Trust, click here.
The committees of the Trustees (including some members who are not Trustees) are: Scholarship Committee, Finance and Investment Committee, Development Committee, and Governance Committee. For further details of the committees, click here. A Gift Policy Sub-committee of the Development Committee has also been formed.
The Trust has from time to time made benefactions to support other educational purposes either at Oxford or in the countries in which it offers Scholarships. Currently, the Trust is not making benefactions other than the Scholarships. This website will be changed to reflect any change in policy.
Dr John Hood (New Zealand & Worcester 1976), Chair
Chair of the Rhodes Trustees since 1 December 2011.
President and CEO, Robertson Foundation. Director, BG Group. Chairman, Study Group, Matakina Limited, and Urenco Limited. Educated: University of Auckland; Worcester College, Oxford. Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford, 2004-2009. Vice-Chancellor, University of Auckland 1999-2004.
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Lord Waldegrave retired as Chair in November 2011. For farewell tributes to him, click here, here, and here.
Mr Julian Ogilvie Thompson (Diocesan College, Rondebosch & Worcester 1953)
Former Chairman, Anglo American and DeBeers SA. Education: University of Cape Town; Worcester College, Oxford. DeBeers Consolidated Mines Ltd, 1966-2006 (Chairman, 1985-97), Anglo American Corporation of South Africa, Ltd., 1956-2002 (Chairman, 1990-2002). Vice-Chairman, First National Bank Ltd., 1977-90. Served since 2002.
Professor Sir John Bell (Alberta & Magdalen 1975)
Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford, since 2002. Student of Christ Church, Oxford, since 2002. Education: University of Alberta; Magdalen College, Oxford. Fellow, Magdalen College, 1990-2002. Founder, Oxford's Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (1993). Served since 2002.
Mr Michael McCaffery (Pennsylvania & Merton 1975)
CEO, Makena Capital Management. Education: Princeton University, Stanford University, Merton College, Oxford. President and CEO, Stanford Management Co., 2000-2006. Director, KB Home, C3 and RS Investments. Advisory boards of Accel Ventures, Sageview Capital and Silver Lake Partners. Served since 2008.
Professor Ngaire Woods (New Zealand & Balliol 1987)
Professor of International Political Economy, University of Oxford. Founder and Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme, University College, Oxford. Inaugural Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Education: University of Auckland, Balliol College, Oxford. Served since November 2009.
Mr Dominic Barton (British Columbia & Brasenose 1984)
Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, since 2009. Education: University of British Columbia; Brasenose College, Oxford. McKinsey's Chairman for Asia, 2004-2009, based in Shanghai; led McKinsey’s office in Korea, 2000-2004. Member, Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Leadership Committee; Asian Development Bank Advisory Group on Human Resources Management. Chairman, International Advisory Committee to the President of South Korea on National Future and Vision. Served since June 2010.
Mr Don Gogel (New Jersey & Balliol 1971)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Clayton Dubilier & Rice, New York. Education: Harvard College; Balliol College, Oxford; Harvard Law School. With Clayton Dubilier & Rice, New York, since 1989; CEO since 1998. Chairman of the Global Steering Committee (now Development Committee), Rhodes Trust, since 2007. Managing Director, Kidder Peabody & Co, 1985-1988. Co-chairman, Cancer Research Institute, New York. Senior Vice-Chairman and Trustee, Mount Sinai Medical Center. Member, Dean’s Council, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Served since June 2010.
Professor Margaret MacMillan, OC
Warden, St Antony’s College, Oxford, since 2007. Education: University of Toronto; St Hilda's College, Oxford (Honorary Fellow, 2007) and St Antony's College, Oxford (Honorary Fellow, 2003). Provost of Trinity College and Professor of History, University of Toronto, 2002-2007. History Department, Ryerson University, Toronto, 1975-2002. Member, Awards Council of the Queen's Anniversary Trust; board, Mosaic Institute; board, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; editorial boards. Served since June 2010.
Mr John McCall MacBain (Quebec & Wadham 1980)
Founder and President, McCall MacBain Foundation and Pamoja Capital. Education: McGill University; Wadham College, Oxford; Harvard Business School. Founder, President and CEO, Trader Classified Media, 1987-2006. Chairman, European Climate Foundation, since 2008. Land and sea commercial pilot. Served since June 2010.
H. E. Mr Festus G. Mogae
President of Botswana, 1998-2008. Education: University College, Oxford (Honorary Fellow, 2003); University of Sussex (Honorary Fellow, 2009). Vice-President of Botswana, 1992-1998. Previously with International Monetary Fund, Bank of Botswana, and Botswana civil service. Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, 2008. Légion d'honneur, France, and other honours. Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Change. Served since June 2010.
Mr Narayana Murthy
Founder-Chairman, Infosys, and former Chairman of the Indian Rhodes Scholarships selection committee. Education: National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore. Founded and CEO, Infosys, 1981-2002; Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor, Infosys, since 2002. Board member, Unilever, HSBC, Ford Foundation, UN Foundation, Cornell University, Wharton School, Singapore Management University, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Management Technology, Bangalore, and INSEAD. Chairman, Rhodes Scholarships Selection Committee for India, 2005-2009. Padma Vibhushan, India; Légion d'honneur, France; and other honours. Served since June 2010.
Ms Karen Stevenson (Maryland & Magdalen 1979)
Senior Counsel, Litigation Practice Group, Buchalter Nemer, Los Angeles. Education: University of North Carolina (Morehead Scholar); Magdalen College, Oxford; Stanford Law School. Extensive experience in management, education, and law. Secretary of Rhodes Scholarship US District 16 selection committee (Southern California and Arizona). Served since June 2010.
Mr John Wylie, AM (Queensland & Balliol 1983)
Managing Director and Head of Corporate Advisory for Lazard, Australia, since 2007. Education: University of Queensland; University of Oxford. Co-founder, Carnegie, Wylie & Company, 2000; acquired by Lazard in 2007. Investment banking experience in London, New York, Melbourne, since 1985. Chairman of Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust (chaired MCG Redevelopment Committee for 2006 Commonwealth Games) and Victorian Olympic Council’s Finance Committee. Member, Business Advisory Council, Said Business School, University of Oxford; Board, University of Queensland Endowment Fund; Finance Committee, Melbourne Grammar School. Served since June 2010.
Dame Helen Ghosh DBE
Director-General of the National Trust, since 2012. Education: BA (Modern History), St Hugh's College, Oxford; MLitt (6th century Italian history), Hertford College, Oxford. Permanent Secretary, UK Home Office, 2011-2012. Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2005-10. Chairman of the Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust since 1999. Before that, a variety of posts in local government finance, housing, urban regeneration, the Cabinet Office (including the Efficiency Unit and the Machinery of Government Secretariat), and HM Revenue and Customs. Served since March 2011.
Dr Andrew Graham
Served as Acting Warden of Rhodes House 2012-2013. Director of the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian and Observer), a Senior Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and Chair of the Academic Council of the Europaeum (an association of ten leading European universities). Until October 2011, Dr Graham was Master of Balliol College, Oxford, where he had been Fellow & Tutor in Economics (1969-97). Served since June 2013.
Secretary to the Trust
The Warden of Rhodes House, Mr Charles Conn (Massachusetts & Balliol 1983), is also Secretary to the Rhodes Trust.