The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has announced the appointment of three new Trustees to its Board, for terms of seven years each.

Joanne Thompson is CEO of Penrillian Limited, a software development company. She has worked in a range of leadership roles for both private and public companies including prior management board experience at BT Plc, a France Telecom / Deutsche Telekom subsidiary and a division of Serco. Named in Female FTSE Board Report as one of the 100 Women to Watch 2016, she brings extensive experience of information technology including software, networks and cybersecurity.

Jacob Polny has been at TPG Capital since 2008, where he was elevated to Managing Director in 2012 following an unprecedented fast track promotion. His expertise includes the retail, consumer and leisure sectors. Prior to joining TPG in 2008, Jacob worked at mid-market private equity firm Altor Equity Partners in Scandinavia, and before that, at Goldman Sachs International in London.

David Taylor-Smith, MBE is Chief Executive at VPS Group, a pan European private equity owned support service company, with businesses in seven countries. He is a seasoned international business leader, having worked previously at Aggreko Plc and G4S Plc, amongst others. David has also served in the British Army and United Nations, and has held many charitable roles.

“We are delighted to welcome these three great talents to our Board of Trustees. They bring with them a wide range of experience and knowledge, and we are excited about working with them”Jeremy Soames, Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.



The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in 1965 – shortly after Sir Winston’s death. Since then it has awarded 5,400 Travelling Fellowships to UK citizens, from over 100,000 applicants.

The ethos remains the same five decades on – for individuals to visit different parts of the world in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of social, environmental, medical and scientific issues. The new approaches and innovative ideas with which they return are shared to benefit their local and regional communities, and, in many cases, the nation.

Aged 18 and over, Churchill Fellows come from all walks of life (no qualifications are required in order to apply, except that they are UK citizens). What Fellows share is a passion to make a difference and a desire to share their passion to inspire others.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust: 020 7799 1660