Press release

Trustee of the Kennedy Memorial Trust

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Prime Minister has approved that Johnny Grimond be appointed for a second five-year term as a Trustee of the Kennedy Memorial Trust when his initial period of tenure ends on 30 June 2011.

Notes for Editors

The Kennedy Memorial Trust was established in 1966 to administer monies raised in the United Kingdom as a tribute to the late President John Kennedy.  Part of the Fund was used to create and maintain the Kennedy Memorial site at Runnymede.  The remaining capital is used to provide Kennedy Scholarships, which enable British postgraduate students to study at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Johnny Grimond was born in 1946 in Edinburgh.  Educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, he joined The Economist in 1969.  He was a Harkness Fellow, for travel and study in the United States, from 1974 to 1975 which included time spent at the Center for Research in Social Change, Emory University, and as Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard.  He was Africa correspondent for The Economist from 1969 to 1974 and became an assistant editor in 1975.  In 2002, he became writer-at-large, having been Britain editor from 1976 to 1979, American editor from 1979 to 1988 and foreign editor from 1988 to 2002.

Johnny Grimond is the editor of The Economist’s Style Guide and author of special reports for The Economist on France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Japan, Chicago, Los Angeles, the American South, the American West, Canada, Latin America, Australia, Iran, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania, the world’s cities, water, and the sea.

He was a Liberal Parliamentary candidate at the 1970 election, a Director at the Fleming American Investment Trust from 1991 to 2000 and a Trustee of the Prison Reform Trust from 1995 to 2009.  He is also a Trustee of the Rothschild Archive.