Timeline

  • 2015 
    The Foundation held a meeting at the Royal Society of Medicine on Monday 20th April 2015 to celebrate the life and achievements of Professor David Denison, attended by 130 of David’s family, friends and professional colleagues. and the Trustees and all those involved with the Foundation will miss him greatly.
  • 2014
    Professor David Denison died in February, having been unwell for some time. David has been involved with the Colt Foundation since 1981, when he was appointed the first Scientific Adviser to the Trustees. His support and advice have been invaluable over many years, and the Trustees and all those involved with the Foundation will miss him greatly.
  • 2013
    An application for continued funding for the MSc in Human & Applied Physiology course at King's College London is received from Professor Stephen Harridge, the Programme Director. It is agreed that this is an excellent course and the Trustees offer continued support for the next three years at the rate of £20,000 per year.
  • 2012
    The Trustees are delighted that three new Scientific Advisers agreed to join the Foundation, and they are formally welcomed to their first meeting on 4 December 2012. Dr Alex Jones from Manchester is a former Foundation PhD students, and currently holds a grant from the Foundation. Dr Ira Madan is a Consultant Occupational Physician and Professor Sara Rankin is Professor of Leukocyte and Stem Cell Biology at Imperial College London.
    The third Colt Foundation Day is held in October at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, to which all the project leaders who have received substantial financial support from the Foundation in recent years are invited to give a presentation on their work and the difference it has made. Full details of the proceedings are shown on our website under 'Events'.
  • 2011
    Having reviewed the level of our support for PhD students, it is agreed that the stipend element of the Fellowships will rise with immediate effect to £14,000 in the first year for students outside London, and to £16,000 in the first year for students in London. These sums will rise with inflation for the following two years.
    Juliette O'Hea retires as a Trustee, having joined the Board in 2001. The Trustees are very grateful for her commitment over such a long period of time.
  • 2010
    It is agreed to continue the long term support of the MSc in Human & Applied Physiology course at King's College London for a further three years.
    In December 2010, Professor Sir Anthony Newman Taylor, Chairman of the Trustees, is appointed Principal of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College.
    Following an extensive review of the Investment Strategy with our Financial Adviser, Cheviot Asset Management are appointed as Investment Managers to the Foundation to handle all our listed investments.
  • 2009
    Walter Morison died in March after a short illness. Walter enjoyed a full and varied life, and his association with Colt Group, the O'Hea family and the Colt Foundation lasted more than 60 years. He will be sadly missed by Trustees and grant holders.
    The Trustees are delighted that Mr Royston Fox, of Russell Fox and Nori has agreed to become Financial Adviser to the Foundation, and provide advice on our current portfolio with suggestions for a new Investment Strategy on how to manage the investment portfolio in the future.
    EPICOH, the international conference on occupational epidemiology is being held in the UK for the first time in 2011, and the Trustees agree to offer support by way of underwriting costs to enable the planning process to begin.
    It is agreed that the Foundation will offer £10,000 to provide bursaries to enable students to attend the 3rd Nanotoxicology Conference 2010 to be held at Edinburgh Napier University, and also a certificate to be awarded to the student with the best poster or presentation in human toxicology.
  • 2008
    Walter Morison retires as Chairman of the Trustees, although agrees to remain as a Trustee. Professor Anthony Newman Taylor is appointed Chairman. In the Queen's Birthday Honours List announced on 14th June 2008, Professor Newman Taylor is awarded a Knighthood.
    Professor David Coggon, one of the Foundation's Trustees, becomes President of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.
  • 2007
    Retirement of Tim Ault as a Trustee. The Board of Trustees is very grateful for his contribution over a long period of time.
    A grant of £107,452 is awarded to the University of Aberdeen for work entitled "Workplace health surveillance for occupational skin diseases - diagnostic accuracy and reliability of a teledermatology tool". The work is led by Dr Finlay Dick, with Dr Markus Steiner, Dr Sean Semple, Professor Jon Ayres, and Dr Anthony Ormerod.
  • 2006
    A further ten year Colt Professorial Fellowship is awarded to Professor Ken Donaldson to enable him to remain as co-Director of ELEGI at the University of Edinburgh.
    Professor Sir Richard Doll dies in July.
    A second Colt Foundation Day is held at the Royal College of Physicians in London. All major project grant holders give presentations of their work, and all the major players in the world of occupational health research are invited to attend, as well as all current Foundation supported students.
    A grant of £202,595 is awarded to Dr Paul Cullinan at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College for work entitled "Does FEV1 predict capacity to work in an ageing population?"
  • 2005
    Professor Anthony Newman Taylor agrees to serve as a Trustee of the Foundation.
    Professor Ken Donaldson agrees to become a Scientific Adviser to the Foundation.
    Patricia Lebus retires as Chairman of the Trustees, although remains a member of the Board of Trustees.
    Walter Morison is appointed Chairman.
  • 2004 A grant of £139,068 is awarded to Professor Jon Ayres at the University of Aberdeen for work entitled “Occupational and environmental exposures and health: linking human exposure methodology, mechanisms and epidemiology".
  • 2002
    A grant of £308,000 is awarded to Professor Raymond Agius with a view to creating a centre of excellence in occupational health research at the University of Manchester.
    A five year Colt Professorial Fellowship is awarded to Professor Ken Donaldson to enable him to remain as co-Director of ELEGI at the University of Edinburgh.
  • 2001
    Retirement of Mary Ault, one of the founder Trustees.
    Juliette O'Hea (daughter of Jerome O'Hea) and Natasha Lebus (daughter of Patricia Lebus) appointed Trustees.
    Professor David Coggon agrees to serve as a Trustee of the Foundation, and Professor Anthony Newman Taylor agrees to become a Scientific Adviser.
  • 2000
    Jerome O'Hea retires as Chairman of the Trustees, although remains a member of the Board of Trustees.
    Patricia Lebus is appointed Chairman.
  • 1999
    Colt Foundation Day is held at the Royal College of Physicians in London, at which all major project grant holders, and all Foundation supported students give a presentation of their work to an audience which included all the major parties in the world of occupational health research in the UK.  The Wellcome Trust provided an assessor.
  • 1998
    Professor Sir Richard Doll formally opens the ELEGI/Colt laboratories in Edinburgh.
  • 1996
    Professor David Coggon agrees to become a Scientific Adviser to the Foundation.
  • 1995
    First grant to Napier University relating to molecular toxicology of particle related lung disease. This leads to the formation of ELEGI (Edinburgh Lung and the Environment Group Initiative) in 1997, and the Foundation grant of £150,000 toward the cost of refurbishment of a laboratory to accommodate ELEGI, known as the ELEGI/Colt laboratories.
    Tim Ault (son of Mary Ault), Clare Gilchrist (daughter of Alan O'Hea) and Peter O'Hea (son of Jerome O'Hea) appointed Trustees.
  • 1993
    Long term support of the National Heart & Lung Institute at the Royal Brompton Hospital is agreed with Professor Anthony Newman Taylor for a study into "Why asthma is becoming more common" based in Ashford, Kent.
  • 1992
    Long term support agreed with Kings College London for the support of students on the MSc course in Human and Applied Physiology.
    Agreement with Professor Malcolm Harrington to support the Institute of Occupational Health in Birmingham.
  • 1990
    The start of the Colt Foundation PhD Fellowships.
    The Colt Group undertakes a capital reconstruction, resulting in the reduction of the Colt Foundation holding of Ordinary Shares, and acquisition of Redeemable Preference shares, redemption of which provided £4,150,000 for investment in marketable securities in 1996.
  • 1989
    Long term support promised to Dr Anthony Seaton at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh - £100,000 p.a. for five years. This is the start of a long association with Dr Seaton, and also with Dr Donaldson.
    Grant awarded to Jonathan Gale at the University of Bristol for research into hearing leading to a PhD and subsequent postdoctoral research. The start of a long association with the Hearing Research Trust (now Defeating Deafness).
  • 1988
    Green College Conference, led by Professor Sir Richard Doll and supported by the Colt Foundation, leading to the formation of the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, and a general revival of interest in occupational health research.
  • 1981
    Dr David Denison is appointed the first Scientific Adviser, leading to our association with the Royal Brompton Hospital/National Heart and Lung Institute and our interest in respiratory medicine.
  • 1979
    First grant awarded, for £15,500 to the Back Pain Association (now BackCare).
  • 1978
    Colt Foundation is set up by Deed of Charitable Settlement