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Lloyd's Register Foundation

About us.

We support research, innovation, and education to make the world a safer place.

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Lloyd’s Register Foundation is an independent global charity with a unique structure and an important mission: engineering a safer world.

We reduce risk and enhance the safety of the critical infrastructure that modern society relies upon in areas such as energy, transport and food. We do this by supporting high quality research, accelerating technology to application and through education and public outreach.

Our unique structure comes from the fact that we own a significant trading company, Lloyd’s Register (LR). We share the same mission and work together to make the world a safer place.

Statistics about Lloyd's Register Foundation.

Our mission

To secure for the benefit of the community high technical standards of design, manufacture, construction, maintenance, operation and performance for the purpose of enhancing the safety of life and property at sea, on land and in the air. The advancement of public education including within the transportation industries and any other engineering and technological disciplines.

Our vision

To be known worldwide as a leading supporter of engineering-related research, training and education that makes a real difference in improving the safety of the critical infrastructure on which modern society relies. In support of this, we promote scientific excellence and act as a catalyst working with others to achieve maximum impact.

Our strategy

Goal 1 - Establish the best evidence and insight

We use the best data, evidence, and insight available to better understand the complex factors that affect safety.

Goal 2 - Focus on the most pressing challenges

We focus on the biggest safety challenges, where there’s clear evidence and a compelling need for change.

Goal 3 - Build global coalitions for change

We use the best data, evidence, and insight available to better understand the complex factors that affect safety.

As we approach 2050, high levels of population growth, reducing energy supplies and other challenges will make our role even more important.

Thomas Thune Andersen

Chairman, Lloyd's Register Group and Lloyd's Register Foundation


The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for setting the Foundation’s strategy, making sure it fulfils its objectives and for ensuring good governance. The Foundation Chief Executive, Richard Clegg, is responsible to the Board for the operation of the Foundation.

  • Lambros Varnavides, Senior Independent Trustee

    Lambros VarnavidesLambros is the former Managing Director and Global Head of Shipping at The Royal Bank of Scotland. He is Deputy Chair of the Baltic Exchange and sits on its Finance and Charity Committee. He is also a court assistant to the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and Chair of its Finance Committee. He was appointed Senior Independent Trustee of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation on the 29 September 2015 and chairs the Grants Committee.

  • Rosemary Martin, Trustee

    Rosemary MartinRosemary was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Vodafone Group in April 2010. She previously served as CEO of the Practical Law Group, having spent 11 years with Reuters Group Plc in various company secretary and legal roles – the last five years as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. Before joining Reuters, she was a partner with Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. Rosemary was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 and holds a degree in Philosophy and Literature and an MBA in Legal Practice. She is a member of the Financial Services Authority’s Listing Group Advisory Committee and an Independent Non-Executive of Ernst & Young.

  • Ishbel Macpherson, Trustee

    Ishbel Macpherson spent over 20 years in corporate finance in the City of London with BZW, ABN AMRO Hoare Govett and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

    At Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Ishbel lead the mid market corporate finance, corporate broking, corporate broking support and investment trust teams. Since leaving the City Ishbel has become an experienced non executive director having or having had roles with over 10 mainly publicly listed companies as chairman, chairman of audit committees, remuneration committees and as senior independent director. Currently, she is senior independent director and chairman of the remuneration committee at Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc and senior independent director and chairman of the remuneration and audit committees at Bonmarche Holdings plc.

  • Carol Sergeant CBE, Trustee

    Carol Sergeant CBECarol has non-executive positions on the boards of Danske Bank and Tullett Prebon plc. She is also Chairman of the whistle blowing charity Public Concern at Work, Chairman of the BSI Standards Strategy and Policy Committee, a member of the Governing Council and Trustee of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation and member of the Cass Business School Advisory Board. She has previously been Managing Director on the board of the Financial Services Authority, and Chief Risk Officer at Lloyds Banking Group, having begun her career at the Bank of England.

  • Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Trustee

    Andreas Sohmen-Pao

    Andreas Sohmen-Pao is Chairman of BW Group and its listed affiliates, BW Offshore, BW Energy, BW LPG, BW Epic Kosan and Hafnia.  He is also Chairman of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.

    Mr Sohmen-Pao has also served as a non-executive director of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, The London P&I Club, The Esplanade Co Ltd, National Parks Board Singapore, Sport Singapore and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, amongst others.

  • Dame Una O'Brien, Trustee

    Dame Una O'BrienDame Una O'Brien is a member of the Board of Trustees of Macmillan Cancer Support, a Member of Council of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Member of the Board of Visitors at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

    Una has wide-ranging experience of healthcare policy and government having held a variety of senior policy roles in Whitehall departments and the NHS over a 30-year career in public service.  Whilst working primarily in and for the Department of Health, she was also the Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport and worked in the Prime Minister’s Efficiency Unit under both Conservative and Labour governments.  Between 2010 and 2016 she was the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, the first woman to hold the post in the department’s history.

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