Sir Alan Traill – Almoner

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Sir Alan Traill, born on 7th May 1935, was one of the longest serving Almoners of Christ’s Hospital in recent years. Starting in 1980, Sir Alan’s involvement with CH accelerated with his becoming Lord Mayor of London in 1984. He later joined the School’s Finance Committee, where he brought expert insight from his highly successful career in the insurance industry, and remained active in the School’s governance until 2002.

Sir Alan was a wonderful advocate of Christs’ Hospital and had a particular passion for the School’s thriving music. Whilst Lord Mayor, in a “never been done before” act, he personally took to the stage on Speech Day and conducted the School orchestra.

Alan’s support for music and education more broadly benefited many hundreds of young people. His roles included being Chair of the Yehudi Menuhin School, Governor of Treloar’s school and Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Married to Lady Sarah, and a proud father and grandfather, Sir Alan’s parting wishes are for a musical celebration in St Paul’s Cathedral, which will take place in 2021.

Sir Alan died on 18th April 2020.