About Us

The TDS Charitable Foundation is a charitable incorporated organisation and is registered as a CIO with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
(registration number: 1154321)

The TDS Charitable Foundation

Works to advance education about housing rights and obligations in general, and in particular about:

  • Best practice in the management of private rented housing
  • Legal rights and obligations of those involved in the provision or management of private rented housing
  • Using alternative dispute resolution for more efficient and effective resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants.

Annual Review PDF downloads:

The TDS Charitable Foundation have released a digest of projects funded over the past 6 years; showcasing the excellent work delivered by those organisations who have received funding.

TDS Charitable Foundation Digest of Projects 2014-2020


We are funded mainly by donations from The Dispute Service – the leading Tenancy Deposit Scheme (www.tenancydepositscheme.com) which operates on a non-profit basis across the UK.

We operate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, The Dispute Service is a partner in the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust which works towards similar goals in the Scottish private rented sector.


The Foundation can have up to nine Trustees at any one time.
It is currently Chaired by Martin Partington CBE, QC.

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Professor Martin Partington CBE, QC - Chairman

Martin has been Chair of The Dispute Service since May 2010. A leading authority in housing law, Martin worked as a Law Commissioner for England and Wales until 2008 and is an Emeritus Professor at Bristol University.
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Steve Harriott - Trustee

Steve is the Chief Executive of The Dispute Service, the UK’s only not for profit provider of tenancy deposit protection. He has worked as chief executive of three housing associations, and is currently chair of the Waterways Ombudsman Committee.
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David Cox - Trustee

David Cox became Rightmove’s Legal and Compliance Director in November 2020 following almost seven years at the helm of the property industry’s professional body, Propertymark. David is currently a Board Director of Rightmove Landlord and Tenant Services, a specialist tenant referencing and insurance provider as well as Rightmove’s other subsidiaries. A Barrister-at-Law, David was called to the Bar of Lincolns Inn in 2006.
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Peter Bolton King - Trustee

Based at RICS headquarters at Parliament Square, Peter oversees the institution’s global residential standards and professional groups. A regular media commentator, he joined RICS in 2012 and is a well-known and highly respected figure throughout the property industry.
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Kate Faulkner - Trustee

Kate is one of the UK’s leading property experts. She is passionate that most of the problems in the residential property market can be solved if the media, industry and government worked together to educate consumers on how to carry out property projects. To aid this, Kate has set up a free consumer site www.propertychecklists.co.uk and working groups for homebuying and selling and The Lettings Industry Council.
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Martin Blakey - Trustee

Martin Blakey has worked in student accommodation for over 20 years. As Chief Executive of the student housing charity Unipol, Martin has helped develop a portfolio housing 3,000 students in Leeds, provides services to around 15 HEIs, accredits just over 220,000 bed spaces and operates the main training programme for those involved in student accommodation.
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Alison MacDougall - Trustee

Alison is Director of Dispute Operations at TDS. She has been involved in dispute resolution for over 12 years, including senior positions at the Police Complaints Authority and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. Alison joined TDS in 2007 as an adjudicator and is now responsible for the operational management of the dispute resolution team.
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John Kraus - Trustee

John has extensive experience as a senior manager within global organisations. For the past ten years he has focused on sustainability and professional and ethical standards in the built environment. John is currently Executive Director at IGS, an international body promoting innovative materials and applications to achieve sustainable outcomes in civil engineering.