After Sir Geoffrey Evans ceased to be General Secretary of the Church Union in 1978 he continued as Clerk to the Cleaver Trustees for a short time. In 1979 he was succeeded by the Revd Jeremy Haselock, who was probably the first Clerk not to be a Church Union staff member.
Miss Shirley Dex was appointed as the first female Trustee in 1990. In 2001, Mrs Daphne Brotherton, who had been appointed as a Trustee in 1994, was elected as the first female Chairman. Mrs Margaret Laird OBE was appointed as a Trustee in 2001. Since then the six lay Trustees have always included three women.
In October 2002 it was agreed that there should be a Vice-Chairman, and that Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen should hold office initially for five years, with the option of two further periods of three years, up to a maximum of eleven years. In 2003 Miss Dex was elected as the first Vice-Chairman.
From 2005 onwards, the Fund has offered grants to clergy who have been ordained for ten or more years, to pay for books and/or library membership, as a way of encouraging continuing study.
The Trustees agreed in July 2010 that Trustees should in future retire on reaching the age of 80.
Since 2012 the Trustees have given grants to support potential ordinands on Pastoral Assistant schemes that involve directed study. Such schemes have had a positive impact on the numbers of vocations to the priesthood in the catholic tradition.