The Wellcome Trust is an independent, global charitable foundation (registered charity number 210183). Like all registered charities in England and Wales, Wellcome is regulated by the Charity Commission.

Wellcome's governing document is our Constitution, an updated version Sir Henry Wellcome's will.

We take advice and recommendations from committees of subject matter experts and peer reviewers to make funding decisions on grant applications. Individual members of our Board of Governors may, in various circumstances, sit on committees as members or observers.

Governance framework

The Wellcome Trust was created in 1936 by the will of Sir Henry Wellcome. It is now governed by its Constitution. The Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (registration number 210183). The sole trustee of the Wellcome Trust is The Wellcome Trust Limited, a company limited by guarantee registered in England (company number 2711000).

Wellcome's Conflict of Interest Policy [PDF 137KB] applies to all employees, Governors and committee members.

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors guides and oversees Wellcome in achieving its mission to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. The board is responsible for all Wellcome’s activities but focuses on our mission, professionalism and people.




The Board of Governors is supported by its principal committees, all of which have at least one member who is a governor. The membership and terms of reference of these committees are:

Executive Leadership Team

The Executive team is made up of the leaders of Wellcome's different divisions. It is chaired by our Director, Jeremy Farrar, who is equivalent to a CEO. It reports directly to the Board of Governors.

Executive team members are responsible for Wellcome's day-to-day management and provide advice to both the governors and the Director on strategic, planning, operational and policy matters.

How we make funding decisions

We rely on external experts to help us make decisions across Wellcome's funding remit. External experts act as members of our advisory committees and provide us with written peer reviews.

Advisory committees

View a list of the advisory committees that shortlist and interview people who have applied for funding. 

Peer reviewers

We recognise the burden of peer review on the research communities, and are extremely grateful to those people listed below who have provided us with their expert reviews during 2017.

Financial information

Read our latest annual reports, financial statements and bondholder update.

Gender pay gap

We've published details about Wellcome's 2018 gender pay gap and the measures we're taking to eradicate it.

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