The Trust

The Gates Cambridge Trust was established in October 2000 and has exempt charity status in the UK

The Gates Cambridge Trust is regulated by the Office for Students in England via the University of Cambridge (the Trust's Custodian Trustee). It has a Board of nine distinguished Trustees (two of whom are appointed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the remainder by the University) who meet twice a year to decide on the overall strategic direction of the programme. The Provost (CEO) is supported by a Director of Finance and a Programme Director and a small administrative team who manage all operational aspects of the Trust's activities.

Honorary Patrons

In 2012, Bill and Melinda Gates generously agreed to become Honorary Patrons of the Gates Cambridge Trust. The Trust is delighted to reinforce a direct link between the Gates Cambridge Scholarships and the Gates family.

Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


The Gates Cambridge Board brings together nine distinguished Trustees from a range of backgrounds. Two Trustees are appointed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the others by the University of Cambridge. Trustees meet twice a year to provide strategic direction for the programme.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (Chair)

Bursar of Trinity Hall, Cambridge (Honorary Treasurer)

Deputy Director, Family Interest Grants, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Former President, University of Michigan; President of the Association of American Universities

Former Director of the Seattle Art Museum and Yale University Art Gallery

David Rockefeller Fellow, Trilateral Commission; UK-China AMR Research and Innovation Collaboration Advisory Panel; Gates Cambridge Alumna

President, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge; former Chief Executive of Oxfam GB

Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance and former Chief Medical Officer for England

Professor of Political Economy and Head of Department, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge; Fellow and Graduate Tutor at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.


A small team, headed by the Provost, is responsible for managing the Gates Cambridge Scholarships programme.


Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Cambridge; President of the Society for Neuroscience.

Director of Finance
Programme Director

Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge; Trustee, Jimmy's Cambridge


Programme Manager
Programme Officer
Alumni & Events Officer
Accounts Officer
Communications Officer