Chairman of historic London bridges charity is re-elected

The chairman of a body which oversees five London bridges and the capital’s biggest independent charity funder has been re-elected.

  • Published: 30 May 2023

The board has responsibility for the work of Bridge House Estates, a 900-year-old charity which maintains Tower, London, Southwark, Millennium and Blackfriars Bridges at no cost to the taxpayer.

Its grant-making team, City Bridge Trust, awards over £30 million a year to charities tackling disadvantages across Greater London. It has also made an extra £200 million available from 2021 to 2026 to support the capital’s charity sector.

It’s a great honour to be re-elected as chairman of the board overseeing the vital work of Bridge House Estates, which has been there for the people of London for 900 years. Over the next year we will continue to guide the work of the charity as a world-class bridge owner and a major funder supporting charities across the capital to reduce inequality and strengthen communities.
Giles Shilson, Bridge House Estates Board

Educated at St Paul’s School and Balliol College, Oxford, Dr Shilson practised as a barrister until 2005 and now maintains a portfolio of Chief Executive, Director and Board-level positions across the charity and not-for-profit sectors.

He was elected to the City Corporation’s primary decision-making body, the Court of Common Council, in 2009, and was previously Chairman of the Board of the Barbican Centre.