St George’s Hall Charitable Trust was formed in 1995 when Liverpool City Council (LCC) set about refurbishing the Hall, then in a very poor state of repair, and raising funds from the public to supplement the money already put forward by charitable bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Objective One scheme.
By 2002 the plans for refurbishment were agreed and enough money was raised to make the project a reality. Work started in that year and was scheduled in two phases. In 2007, the Hall was finally opened by HRH The Prince of Wales. By then the Trustees had raised approximately £1.4m.
During the course of the work, savings had to be made to keep within budget and more work still remains to be done. This includes a full refurbishment of the organ and bringing the Civil Court back into use, though not as a court. LCC and the Trustees are talking about a phased programme for these improvements and the funding needed to complete them.
The Trust is set up as a non-profit making Charitable Trust and is a company formed under the Companies Acts. It has a Board of Directors who are called Trustees and they are:
- Derek Morris - retired solicitor who spent the whole of his working life in Liverpool and who has been Chair of the Board since December 2000.
- Dr Robert Atlay MB, ChB, FRCOG, DL - retired surgeon.
- Sir Philip Carter CBE - Trustee of the Empire Theatre; formerly Chairman of Everton FC and Managing Director of Littlewoods.
- Joe Devaney - A former Lord Mayor of Liverpool.
- Loraine Knowles - was formerly with the National Museums in Liverpool and in that capacity wrote the original guide to the Hall and helped to bring it back into partial use in the 1990s. Now with English Heritage.
- Professor Philip Love CBE - formerly Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool University.
- John Pickles - retired Architect who spent his working life in Liverpool.
- Alexis Redmond - formerly director of Mersey Television.
- Councillor Gary Miller – Lib Dems Opposition Spokesperson for Employment and Skills.
- Councillor Beatrice Fraenkel – Chair of Registration and Transport/Overview and Scrutiny Select
- Councillor Malcolm Kennedy – Cabinet member for Regeneration and Transport.
- Councillor Wendy Simon – Cabinet member for Culture and Tourism.