The Scott Trust Limited is the British company that owns Guardian Media Group and thus the Guardian and the Observer as well as various other media businesses in the UK. In 2008, it replaced the Scott Trust, which had owned the Guardian since 1936. The company is responsible for appointing the editor of the Guardian (and those of the group's other main newspapers) but, apart from enjoining them to continue the paper's editorial policy on "the same lines and in the same spirit as heretofore", it has a policy of not interfering in their decisions. The arrangement tends to give editors a long tenure: for example, the last incumbent, Alan Rusbridger, was there from 1995 until 2015. The current chair of the Scott Trust Board is Alex Graham, who replaced Liz Forgan in 2016. Other board members include the current editor-in-chief Katharine Viner, Guardian finance editor Nils Pratley who is the journalist director of the board, and one member of the Scott family.
1.1 1936–1948 1.2 1948–2008 1.3 The Scott Trust Limited: 2008–present
2 The Scott Trust Board
2.1 Current members 2.2 Past members
3 The Scott Trust Foundation 4 References 5 External links
The Trust was established in 1936 by John Scott, owner of the
Manchester Guardian (as it then was) and the Manchester Evening News.
After the deaths in quick succession of his father
C. P. Scott
"To secure the financial and editorial independence of
The Trust saw its main functions as being the following:
"To secure the Trust's own continuity by renewing its membership and
by dealing with threats to its existence
To monitor the organisation, financial management and overall strategy
of the Group, holding the Board accountable for its performance
To appoint and 'in extreme circumstances' to dismiss the editors of
The Guardian, the
Manchester Evening News
The second Trust had five Chairmen over its 60 years: Alfred Powell
Richard Farquhar Scott (1956–84), Alastair
Hugo Young (1990–2003) and Liz Forgan.
The Scott Trust Limited: 2008–present
In October 2008 it was announced that the trust was being wound up and
its assets transferred to a new limited company named "The Scott Trust
Limited" to strengthen the protection it offers to the Guardian and
because [l]ike all non-charitable trusts, and unlike limited
companies, the Scott Trust has a finite lifespan. The core purpose
of the Trust was enshrined in the constitution of the Limited company
and "cannot be altered or amended." The new company is barred from
paying dividends, and "its constitution has been carefully drafted to
ensure that no individual can ever personally benefit from the
In February 2010, the company announced the sale of its GMG Regional
Media arm and its regional print titles to the
Name Joined Position
Alex Graham January 2013 Chair of the Scott Trust Board (2016 – present)
Katharine Viner June 2015 Editor-in-chief, Guardian News and Media (June 2015 – present)
David Pemsel June 2015 Chief executive officer, Guardian Media Group (June 2015 – present)
Emily Bell January 2013
Catherine Howarth 2015
Will Hutton 2004
Stuart Proffitt 2015
Anthony Salz 2009
Vivian Schiller 2015
Russell Scott 2015
Ole Jacob Sunde 2015
Nils Pratley 2016 Journalist director of the Scott Trust Board (2016 – present)
Liz Forgan Chair of the Scott Trust (2003 – 2016)
Hugo Young Chair of the Scott Trust (1989 – 2003)
Philip Mark Tranter Company Secretary (2012 – 2017)
 The Scott Trust Foundation Besides the GMG businesses, the company has a charitable wing, the Scott Trust Foundation, and oversees the Guardian's archive and education centre. References
^ Jackson, Jasper (2016-09-22). "Alex Graham appointed as seventh
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^ a b Ellis, Gavin (2014). Trust Ownership and the Future of News:
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^ theguardian.com: "
The Scott Trust information on the GMG website In Scott We Trust: former trustee Victor Keegan on the role of the Scott Trust, 29 September 2003
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