About the Trusts

The Laing Family Trusts are a group of four grant-making trusts (Beatrice Laing Trust, Kirby Laing Foundation, Maurice & Hilda Laing Charitable Trust and Martin Laing Foundation) sharing a single administration.

Sir John Laing

Sir John Laing

The Trusts owe their origin to Sir John Laing, a devout Christian and member of the Brethren Movement. Sir John, who was instrumental in creating the global Laing Construction Group from its original roots as a local building firm in Carlisle, set up his first charitable trust, the J W Laing Trust, in 1922.

The Beatrice Laing Trust, named after his wife, followed in 1952.

Following Sir John’s example of Christian philanthropy, successive generations of the family have established their own charitable trusts and foundations, although only those named above are administered under the Laing Family Trusts' umbrella.