The Seafarers’ Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees, that are responsible for setting the Trust’s strategy, ensuring it fulfils its objectives, and that good governance is carried out. The Trust Deed makes provision for a minimum of five Trustees and a maximum of nine. David Heindel is the Chairperson of the Trust.
The Head of Trust, Kimberly Karlshoej, is responsible to the Trustees for the daily operation of the Trust.
The Trust receives funds from both the Trust’s own capital funds and by the investment income of the ITF Seafarers’ International Assistance, Welfare and Protection Fund, more commonly known as the “Welfare Fund”. That fund, despite its name, is used to provide a wide range of trade union services to seafarers. The Trust, on the other hand, is limited to supporting projects, which directly benefit individual seafarers’ spiritual, moral or physical welfare.