John Hall retires from our Board

John Hall opening our 2019 Annual Education Lecture

Our former Chairman leaves the Board after a transformational 9 years as a Governor

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This January we’re saying goodbye to our former Chairman John Hall, who’s stepping down from our Board after 9 years of service.

John joined the Board in 2015 and was Chairman of our Grants Committee from 2017 to 2018, before becoming Chairman of the Board in 2018.

John played a key role in our change of name in 2021. He was the last Chairman of Sir John Cass’s Foundation and the first Chairman of the newly named Portal Trust; he stepped down from that role in 2022.

A geographer by training, John lectured at Queen Mary, University of London and later served as Chief Executive of London Councils, the umbrella body for local government in Greater London.

John has brought immense knowledge and experience to our Board, and has helped make us a more open and engaging charity, listening to and becoming more responsive to beneficiaries and communities across London.

We’re deeply grateful for John’s commitment to the Portal Trust and his thoughtful, collaborative style of leadership. We wish him a long and happy retirement and we hope to see him at our future events.

A site tour of the new London College of Fashion building in 2021
Image caption: A site tour of the new London College of Fashion building in 2021
John Hall opening our 2019 Annual Education Lecture
Image caption: John Hall opening our 2019 Annual Education Lecture
John Hall with our 2021 Education Lecturer, Dame Diane Lees, our hosts and esteemed guests
Image caption: John Hall with our 2021 Education Lecturer, Dame Diane Lees, our hosts and esteemed guests