About Us

Who We Are

The Ashden Trust is a UK based grant-making charity. It is part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts and is one of the 17 trusts within this network.

Although the Trust was set up in 1989 and made its first grant in 1990. Over the past 30 years, it has made grants to numerous organisations across a range of sectors; all of which have worked towards tackling climate change in a fair and just way.

Our Trustees

Sarah Butler-Sloss

Sarah Butler-Sloss is the founder and Chair of the Ashden Trust. Sarah is recognised internationally for her work on sustainable development, sustainable energy and climate solutions and her approach to philanthropy; she is a regular contributor to UK and global policy debates in the field of sustainable energy. Best known for founding the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy in 2001, renamed Ashden in 2009, Sarah led the charity as Founder Director from 2001 to 2019 and is now Chair of Trustees. Sarah is also a trustee of ClientEarth, The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund and the Linbury Trust, and is on the Advisory Board of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. She was recently named in Forbes’ list of the top 100 environmentalists.

Grace Yu

Grace is a trustee of the Ashden Trust, African Rainforest Trust and an Ambassador for the Rainforest Alliance. She is a trained lawyer and was previously a litigator on civil rights issues and in-house legal counsel for the Rainforest Alliance.

Claire Birch

Claire is a trustee of the Ashden Trust and co-owner of Doddington Hall and Gardens. Claire is also a trustee of The Doddington Hall Conservation Charity, which aims to conserve and enhance the nature and history within and around the wider Doddington Estate.

Our Team

Sian Ferguson

Trust Executive

Sian Ferguson is the Trust Executive for the Ashden Trust, JJ Charitable Trust and Mark Leonard Trust. She has a background in Natural Science and 25 years’ experience working in environmental sectors with local government, regional government and the Audit Commission. Sian is Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Forestry and Woodland Advisory Committee and sits on the Advisory Board for the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity.

Darren Chin

Assistant Trust Executive

Darren is the Assistant Trust Executive for the Ashden Trust, JJ Charitable Trust and Mark Leonard Trust. He oversees executive administration of the Ashden Trust alongside Sian. He previously worked in the legal sector but is now focussed on climate change related projects.

Anup Shah

Financial Advisor

Anup provides financial advice and analysis to trustees and staff relating to the Trust and its grant-making and investment activities. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has over 25 years’ experience advising on financial matters.

Danielle Jones

Executive Assistant

Danielle provides administrative support to the Trust. She has worked at the Trust for over 24 years and has also spent a number of years working on other Sainsbury Family Trusts.