Geoffrey de Jager to be next Chairman of Classics for All

The Trustees of Classics for All (CfA) have appointed Geoffrey de Jager, currently a Trustee, to succeed Nicholas Barber as CfA’s next Chairman. The appointment will take effect on 1 July 2016. Nicholas Barber will remain a Trustee.

Geoffrey de Jager is a philanthropist and businessman, based in Oxford. Born in South Africa, he is a graduate of Rhodes University and went on to read Law at Natal University. He migrated to the UK in 1987. After working in the City he started a packaging business, Sharp Interpack, which he grew to become the UK’s market leader, before selling the business in 2010. Since then he has immersed himself in a number of charitable ventures, predominantly in the Arts and Sciences. He is an Hon. Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and was awarded a Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by Rhodes University in 2012 where he is also a Governor. He is an enthusiastic supporter of CfA and joined the Board during 2015.

Nicholas Barber said ‘I am delighted Geoffrey de Jager will be CfA’s next Chairman. He is a vigorous proselytiser for all things Classical and brings formidable leadership experience. The timing is good. In 2013 when I was invited to chair CfA, I accepted on the understanding that I would do so for no more than 2-3 years. I am proud of what CfA has achieved in that time through stepchanges in the funds raised, in the numbers and enthusiasm of our donors, and above all in the number and variety of schools benefiting from our grants, all underpinned by transformed organisational arrangements. It is now the moment for CfA to raise its sights further and Geoffrey is just the person to lead that. I look forward to continuing on the Board and giving him and CfA all the help I can.’

Geoffrey de Jager said ‘I am a great admirer of CfA, its principles and its goals, and I am proud to take on the role of Chairman. I believe we can build on Nicholas’ significant achievements and continue to create something of real value.’

Classics for All raises funds to enable students in state schools to study Latin, Ancient History, Classical Civilisation and Ancient Greek. We award start up grants for introducing or extending the teaching of classical subjects in state schools, many of which are located in areas of high socio-economic deprivation. Our grants support the training and mentoring of primary and secondary school teachers so that they can teach classical subjects to a high standard. In our first five years (2010-2015) we have awarded £450k in grants reaching over 300 schools. We continue to strategically grow with an aim to reach 2,000 primary and secondary schools by 2020.