About the Trust

The Eifion Trust is a charitable organisation with one aim: to alleviate the many ill effects of poverty in developing countries. The work we do across the developing world form part of our overall vision for the world, that:

The earth is one country and humankind its citizens.

The individual projects we support fall into a number of categories that are defined by the International Monetry Fund (IMF): the prevention of poverty, education, health, citizenship and community, the protection and improvement of the environment, and the relief of those in need.

This is achieved by working with organisational structures or other charitable entities such as Rotary to find, fund and closely monitor each project. For more information about this process and the projects we have funded to date, click the button below.

People

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David ‘Barry’ EVANS

Founder

Barry Evans

The Founder and past Chairman of the Trust sadly passed away peacefully in December 2021, leaving a long-lasting legacy of support and funding for many good causes around the world. He had helped over 11500 families and created over 2500 jobs through his philanthropy, funding 19 projects, investing over £200,000 and committing to ongoing funding of over £150,000 per annum.

Barry practised as a Chartered Surveyor in Liverpool before becoming Senior lecturer at Leicester Polytechnic where he was responsible for preparing the degree course in Valuations and Estate Management. He returned to Liverpool where he was the Founder Chair of the Young Persons Housing Association and then moved with his young family to Cheshire where he successfully led the fight against the closure of Tarporley War Memorial Hospital. He became the Founder Chair of the Tarporley War Memorial Hospital Trust, a position from which he resigned when he opened a London office covering UK and overseas for financial institutions. During this time he was a member and Chair of Tarporley Round Table.

He subsequently became involved in the restoration of cemeteries and crematoria and devoted himself full time to this occupation prior to the disposal of his UK business interests. After a short period of retirement he was an active business partner with a veterinarian in Phoenix servicing veterinary clinics, medical schools and zoos on the disposal of dead animals. Most of the income from this activity was devoted to charitable purposes in the developing world mainly monitored by local Rotary Clubs. Arising from this he set up the Eifion Trust through which he and his wife, Ann, channelled part of their charitable resources.

He has been a Rotarian in Liverpool and Nantwich serving in both Clubs on the International Committee and he is a strong supporter of the Rotary Foundation. He has a wide range of charitable interest both locally in Tarporley and in developing countries particularly those relating to education and health.

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Ann EVANS

Patron

Ann Evans

Ann Evans, Patron and Founder Trustee of the Eifion Trust passed away peacefully on 20 February 2022.

The Trustees would like to record their thanks and gratitude for her selfless commitment to helping people. Her interest in education, health and welfare of women and young people were key in establishing the priorities of the trust. Her considerable generosity will continue to benefit those most in need for generations to come.

Ann qualified as a paediatric nurse at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Liverpool where she was the sister in charge of the burns unit.

After having the first of her four children she retired from nursing and devoted herself to family life coupled with charitable activities, initially as a member and Chair of Tarporley Ladies Circle and then as a member and President of the Inner Wheel Club of Liverpool. She was a member of the Inner Wheel Club of Nantwich and a major supporter of the Rotary Foundation.

Her prime interests were the education, health and welfare of young people particularly in developing countries. She travelled extensively in South America, Asia, Middle East and Australasia, which kindled a desire to help those less fortunate than herself.

Ann was a Founder Trustee of the Eifion Trust and the major donor of the Trust.

Kate JACKSON

Chair

Kate Jackson

Following a degree in Latin American Studies, and considerable time living, working and travelling there, Kate co-founded a silver jewellery importing business based in Mexico. For over a decade the company worked closely with small family workshops and artisans growing their businesses together.

Since then, her family have divided their time between living on the coast in Kent and working abroad in Europe and Asia. Kate speaks several languages, is a qualified language teacher, and has spent the last few years working in international schools in China. Whilst based in the UK, Kate and her husband ran an international education consultancy, placing overseas pupils in UK independent schools and providing homestay and guardianship. Kate also has considerable experience of recruitment as the Director of Admissions in an independent school in the UK.

Married with three sons, with a keen interest in world affairs and a background in developing countries, Kate strives to continue her parents’ legacy and involve the younger generation in finding ways to make the world a better place for all.

Richard EVANS

Treasurer

Richard Evans

Richard has 27 years experience in the bereavement profession and previously led The Westerleigh Group Ltd, the UK’s second largest crematoria operator, as its CEO. Westerleigh is a major partner to the public sector and Richard is used to working with Local Authorities as well as having an influential voice in the UK Government’s proposed reform of burial and cremation law.

Richard also has strong experience of UK planning and construction with Westerleigh having developed an unrivalled number of crematoria across the country. He graduated from Bristol University in 1994 with a 2.1 in Economics and Economic History.

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James EVANS

Trustee

James Evans

James graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Estate Management before working for a property auction company. He subsequently became Development Director for a large crematorium development and management company. After this business was sold, James took two years’ holiday to spend more time with his three young boys. A period of building a residential property portfolio followed before taking on a new challenge of a technology-based business.

James took on extra responsibilities in 2017 when he and his wife became foster parents; they have cared for four children. James is a keen fan of Liverpool FC and has a passion for cars, in particular, Porsche’s. He also actively supports his four boys when they are playing rugby and football.