The Rhodes Trust is an educational charity whose principal activity is to support Scholars selected from around the world in order to study at the University of Oxford.

The committees of the Trustees (including some members who are not Trustees) are: Academic Committee, Finance and Investment Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Development Committee, and Governance Committee. For further details of the committees, click here. A Gift Policy Sub-committee of the Development Committee has also been formed.

The Trust has from time to time made benefactions to support other educational purposes either at Oxford or in the countries in which it offers Scholarships. Currently, the Trust is not making benefactions other than the Scholarships.


Sir John Hood KNZM (New Zealand & Worcester 1976), Chairman

President and CEO, Robertson Foundation. Director, BG Group. Chairman, Study Group, Matakina Limited, and Urenco Limited. Educated: University of Auckland; Worcester College, Oxford. Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford, 2004-2009. Vice-Chancellor, University of Auckland 1999-2004.  Chair of the Rhodes Trustees since 1 December 2011.

Mr Michael McCaffery (Pennsylvania & Merton 1975)

Board Chairman and Managing Director, Makena Capital Management. Education: Princeton University, Stanford University, Merton College, Oxford. President and CEO, Stanford Management Co., 2000-2006. Director, KB Home, C3 and RS Investments. Advisory boards of Accel Ventures and Silver Lake Partners.  Served since 2007.

Professor Ngaire Woods (New Zealand & Balliol 1987)

Professor of International Political Economy, University of Oxford. Founder and Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme, University College, Oxford. Inaugural Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Education: University of Auckland, Balliol College, Oxford. Served since November 2009.

Mr Dominic Barton (British Columbia & Brasenose 1984)

Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, since 2009. Education: University of British Columbia; Brasenose College, Oxford. McKinsey's Chairman for Asia, 2004-2009, based in Shanghai; led McKinsey’s office in Korea, 2000-2004. Member, Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Leadership Committee; Asian Development Bank Advisory Group on Human Resources Management. Chairman, International Advisory Committee to the President of South Korea on National Future and Vision. Served since June 2010.

Mr Don Gogel (New Jersey & Balliol 1971)

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Clayton Dubilier & Rice, New York. Education:  Harvard College; Balliol College, Oxford; Harvard Law School. With Clayton Dubilier & Rice, New York, since 1989; CEO since 1998. Chairman of the Global Steering Committee (now Development Committee), Rhodes Trust, since 2007. Managing Director, Kidder Peabody & Co, 1985-1988. Co-chairman, Cancer Research Institute, New York. Senior Vice-Chairman and Trustee, Mount Sinai Medical Center. Member, Dean’s Council, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Served since June 2010.

Professor Margaret MacMillan, OC

Warden, St Antony’s College, Oxford, since 2007. Education: University of Toronto; St Hilda's College, Oxford (Honorary Fellow, 2007) and St Antony's College, Oxford (Honorary Fellow, 2003). Provost of Trinity College and Professor of History, University of Toronto, 2002-2007. History Department, Ryerson University, Toronto, 1975-2002. Member, Awards Council of the Queen's Anniversary Trust; board, Mosaic Institute; board, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; editorial boards. Served since June 2010.

Mr John McCall MacBain O.C. (Quebec & Wadham 1980)

Founder and President, McCall MacBain Foundation and Pamoja Capital.   Education: McGill University; Wadham College, Oxford; Harvard Business School.  Founder, President and CEO, Trader Classified Media, 1987-2006. Chairman, European Climate Foundation, since 2008. Land and sea commercial pilot. Served since June 2010.

Judge Karen Stevenson (Maryland & Magdalen 1979)

United States Magistrate Judge. Education: University of North Carolina (Morehead Scholar); Magdalen College, Oxford; Stanford Law School. Extensive experience in management, education, and law. Secretary of Rhodes Scholarship US District 16 selection committee (Southern California and Arizona). Served since June 2010.

Mr John Wylie, AM (Queensland & Balliol 1983)

Managing Director and Head of Corporate Advisory for Lazard, Australia, since 2007. Education: University of Queensland; University of Oxford. Co-founder, Carnegie, Wylie & Company, 2000; acquired by Lazard in 2007. Investment banking experience in London, New York, Melbourne, since 1985. Chairman of Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust (chaired MCG Redevelopment Committee for 2006 Commonwealth Games) and Victorian Olympic Council’s Finance Committee. Member, Business Advisory Council, Said Business School, University of Oxford; Board, University of Queensland Endowment Fund; Finance Committee, Melbourne Grammar School. Served since June 2010.

Dame Helen Ghosh DBE

Director-General of the National Trust, since 2012.  Education: BA (Modern History), St Hugh's College, Oxford; MLitt (6th century Italian history), Hertford College, Oxford. Permanent Secretary, UK Home Office, 2011-2012. Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2005-10. Chairman of the Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust since 1999.  Before that, a variety of posts in local government finance, housing, urban regeneration, the Cabinet Office (including the Efficiency Unit and the Machinery of Government Secretariat), and HM Revenue and Customs.  Served since March 2011.

Mr Glen James

Recently retired from a legal career in corporate law. Partner of Slaughter and May from 1983 to 2012. Now active in several charitable organisations within the education sector. Education: New College, Oxford   Served since 2014.

Mr Andrew Banks (Florida & St Edmund Hall 1976)

Co-Founder, ABRY Partners. Education: University of Florida; St. Edmund Hall, Oxford; Harvard Law School.  With ABRY Partners since founding in 1989, Chairman 1989-2012.  President, Paradigm, since 1993.  Founder, Johns Hopkins' Magic That Matters Foundation, 2011. With University of Florida's endowment investment company (UFICO), Chairman since 2012.  Served since 2014.

Professor Dame Carol Robinson

Doctor Lee’s Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford.  She was the first female professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and previously at the University of Cambridge. Education: Graduate student at Churchill College, Cambridge (1980 -1982).  Recognised for pioneering the use of mass spectrometry for her research into the 3D structure of proteins. Served since 2015.

Mr Nicholas Oppenheimer

Chairman of Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.  Director of Anglo American plc and Chairman of De Beers S.A. until 2012. Education: Harrow School & Christ Church, Oxford. Doctorate in Technology, honoris causa, from Technikon Witwatersrand in South Africa (2003), Presidential Order of Honor from Botswana (2004) and Honorary Fellowship from the London Business School (2009). Served since 2015.

Dr Tariro Makadzange (Zimbabwe & Balliol 1999)

Medical scientist whose research focuses on perinatally infected children and adolescents with HIV as well as HIV-positive adults with Cryptococcal Disease. She splits her time between Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Parirenyatwa Hospital in Zimbabwe. Education: Completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College, her graduate studies at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and her medical training at Harvard Medical School. She did her clinical training in internal medicine at the University of Washington and fellowships in Infectious Disease and HIV at MGH.

Professor Elleke Boehmer (South Africa-at-Large and St John's 1985)

Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford, since 2007. Director, The Oxford Research in the Humanities (TORCH), since 2015. Governing Body Fellow, Wolfson College. Education: Rhodes University; St John’s College, Oxford. Hildred Carlile Professor of Literatures in English, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2004-7. General and Founding Editor, Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures Series, Oxford University Press, since 2004. Fellow of the English Academy, since 2005. Editorial Boards. Trustee, Charlie Perkins/Aurora Education Foundation, UK, since 2010. Man Booker International judge 2013-15. Honorary Doctorate, Linnaeus University, Sweden, 2009. Served since 2016.

 Dilip Shanghvi 

Indian businessman and co-founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016. Education: earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calcutta. He is an alumnus of J. J. Ajmera High School and Bhawanipur Education Society College. Served since 2017.

Secretary to the Trust

The Warden of Rhodes House, Mr Charles Conn (Massachusetts & Balliol 1983), is also Secretary to the Rhodes Trust. 

Emeritus Trustees

Mr Julian Ogilvie Thompson (Diocesan College, Rondebosch & Worcester 1953) 

Former Chairman, Anglo American and DeBeers SA. Education: University of Cape Town; Worcester College, Oxford. DeBeers Consolidated Mines Ltd, 1966-2006 (Chairman, 1985-97), Anglo American Corporation of South Africa, Ltd., 1956-2002 (Chairman, 1990-2002). Vice-Chairman, First National Bank Ltd., 1977-90. Served as a Trustee since 2002, and as Emeritus Trustee since 2015.

Professor Sir John Bell (Alberta & Magdalen 1975)

Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford, since 2002. Student of Christ Church, Oxford, since 2002. Education: University of Alberta; Magdalen College, Oxford. Fellow, Magdalen College, 1990-2002. Founder, Oxford's Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (1993). Served since 2002 and as Emeritus Trustee since 2015.