The Mead Family Foundation was founded by Scott Mead in 1996 to support and encourage the arts, education, medical research and access to sports for the broader community.

The Foundation identifies, evaluates and supports emerging and more developed artists, activities and initiatives, across many areas and locations.

“You have to try new things, and support for them is more likely to come from philanthropists than the NHS budget, generous though that is. It’s the job of philanthropists in society to get out on the thin end of the branch.

Philanthropy often has to be further upstream from mainstream research. Some of it is speculative, let’s face it, but investing in situations before they’re 100 per cent proven is what philanthropists do.

Based on the research I’ve read, the advice I’m getting and the feelings I have in my heart for this, art can make a difference, even though we don’t know for sure what that difference will be.”

Scott Mead, speaking to Claire Wrathall, Financial Times, October 2017.