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.
The Trustees agreed in July 2010 that Trustees should in future retire on reaching the age of 80.