Neil appointed to QEST

Neil StevensonNeil has recently been appointed a Trustee of The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. The Trust, which is the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. The role of the Trustees is to identify the most appropriate applications for support, contributing to the pool of talent in the UK. In so doing QEST reflects the excellence of British Craftsmanship as symbolised by the Royal Warrant of Appointment.

QEST is the only charity of its kind that supports all craft and conservation skills, by keeping them alive through learning and support. Since 1991 the Trust has awarded £1.7 million to 253 craftspeople for study, training and work experience, awarding up to £15,000 to craftsmen and women aged between 17 and 50 to help them further their careers.

QEST would dearly love to help more craftspeople and so it has embarked on a process to generate additional funds to increase this valuable work. The Diamond Jubilee whisky project sponsored by John Walker and Sons for which N.E.J. Stevenson Limited made the exquisite cabinets, is a major part of a process which aims to raise up to £3 million pounds for the charity.

Skilled craftspeople account for 13% of those employed in the UK's creative industries, and together they contribute £3 billion to the UK economy. For this reason, craft and conservation skills are core to our national infrastructure and it is therefore especially important that we do all that we can to preserve and indeed develop these skills. In so doing we can all benefit from our nation's rich heritage long into the future.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact Neil directly by email at

Posted on 22nd June 2012

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