Benevolent Fund

What is the Benevolent Fund? 

The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing Benevolent Fund was set up at the end of 1989. It is an independent registered charity, number 328481.

What is the Benevolent Fund's primary objective?
Its objects are:
  • To raise and maintain by donations and voluntary subscriptions a fund which shall be devoted to the relief of poverty of persons in need, whether or not Members of or subscribers to the Benevolent Fund, who are or have been members of the Institute and spouses, widows, widowers, children of such persons or dependants or, in exceptional circumstances, persons involved in NDT but who have no connection to the Institute. (For the purpose of the Benevolent Fund, NDT includes all disciplines which are within the scope of the Institute, such as condition monitoring.)
  • To render assistance to eligible persons defined above, who are in need by virtue of death, illness, reduced circumstances or social distress, by providing personal contacts and advice and/or financial disbursements as the Board deems appropriate.

Membership of the Benevolent Fund
The Fund has members, who must be members of the Institute, who elect annually a Board to run the Fund. The yearly subscription of members of the Fund is £5, or life membership can be obtained for £40.

The income derives from subscriptions, fund-raising events such as the raffle held at the Institute’s annual conference, donations from individuals, Branches and Corporate Members and from interest on the accumulated funds. 

Requests for assistance are dealt with quietly with the help of representatives at Branch level, through the Secretariat. 

Contact the Secretary of the Fund at Northampton for advice or information: Tanya Walker, tel: +44 (0)1604 438310 or email:

Please help us to help others – send your subscription or donation today to the British Institute of NDT, Midsummer House, Riverside Way, Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX, UK.

To download the Benevolent Fund Subscription Form, click here.

To download the Rules of the Benevolent Fund, click here.

The Benevolent Fund Board
Members of the Benevolent Fund Board are as follows:

Mr P Wallace
Honorary Secretary
Dr H Harper
Honorary Treasurer
Mrs G Long
Board Members
Mr P Crowther 
 Mr G Elliott
 Mr J Hansen
 Mr R F Lyon
 Mr S Poucher
Branch Welfare Officers 
East Anglia Branch
Dr J Rudlin
East Midlands Branch
Mr A Ward 
London and Home Counties Branch
Mrs G Long
North America Branch
Mr R T Nisbet
North East Branch
Mr T Gillam
North East Scotland Branch
Mr C Forrester
North West Branch
Mr K Quirk
Scottish Branch
Dr M Farley 
Solent Branch
Prof R A Smith 
South Wales Branch
Mr S Elworthy
West Midlands Branch
Mr R Naylor
West of England Branch
Mr R F Lyon
Yorkshire Branch
Mr P Wallace

Further information
Details of the Benevolent Fund are available on the Charity Commission website. 
Visit and enter the registered charity number 328481 in the search field.

To download the minutes of the Benevolent Fund AGM held on Tuesday 10 September 2018 in Nottingham, click here.

To download the Benevolent Fund accounts for the year ended 31 December 2017, click here.