The David Vaisey Prize for Gloucestershire Libraries is organised and administered by the David Vaisey Trust.

The David Vaisey Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered with the Charity Commission (Number 11660680), able to receive funding grants from charities and organisations, and a tax effective entity for Gift Aid donations from individuals.

The management of the Prize is the responsibility of the Trustees, assisted by representatives of Gloucestershire Library Service and The Cheltenham Festivals.

The Trustees are:

Jonathan Taylor CBE (Chairman)

Lady Kate MacDuff

Sir Michael McWilliam KCMG

Martin Lee-Browne CBE DL

Air Marshal G A Robertson CBE (New Trustee)

‘Black’ Robertson joined the RAF in 1963 and spent the next 32 years in flying, staff, and command appointments including tours of duty in the USA and Germany. He flew all the RAF’s front line fast jet aircraft and also qualified as a helicopter pilot. After leaving the Service he spent 5 years with British Aerospace (subsequently BAE Systems) before setting up a private consultancy. He acted as Clerk and Company Secretary to The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire from 2013 to 2018.

Sarah Smyth ( New Trustee)

Sarah Smyth is currently Blackfriars Talks Curator at the Gloucester History Festival and formerly Artistic Director of the Cheltenham Literature Festival for 14 years after working with publishers including Secker & Warburg and Methuen. She has been a member of the ITV Regional Advisory Council, the British Arts Festival Association board, advised the Charles Dickens Museum and launched the first Cheltenham Science Festival. She lives in Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire.

Contact (for photographs, information about the Charity and queries): the Administrator & Secretary to the Trustees: Sue Emson 01285 654591