About Us

About Us

PH Holt Foundation and sister charity, Holt Education Trust, are independent grant-makers helping to create a better future for the people of Merseyside

The PH Holt Foundation is named in honour of Philip Henry Holt, who with his brother Alfred, founded Ocean Steam Ship Company Ltd in 1865. In business, the brothers valued self-help, progress, and innovation, and from their wealth contributed much to education, culture, and civic life in Liverpool.

The origins of Ocean Steam Ship’s grant making began upon Philip’s death in 1914, with the creation of Holt Education Trust providing student bursaries, and later in 1955 with the formation of a charitable trust for local charities and good causes.

For over a century, our grants have helped improve the quality of life for thousands of people across Merseyside.


Trustees bring wide experience and expertise to the Foundation in matters of governance, strategy, and investment management.  They are closely involved in the workings of the Foundation, setting the grant-making policy, and deciding upon which charities receive our funding.

Current Trustees of the PH Holt Foundation are:

Ian Bakewell, Chair

Elspeth Christie

Ann Crotty

Chris Evered

Mike Furniss

Grainne Cuerden

Amy de Joia

Ian Matthews

Lesley Martin-Wright

Ken Ravenscroft


Annual Report and Accounts

2020 PH Holt Signed Accounts

2019 PH Holt Signed Accounts

2018 P H Holt Accounts

2017 PHH Accounts

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