Rathbones to Host Fifth annual Charity Symposium at Saatchi Gallery

Rathbone Investment Management confirms that its fifth annual Charity Symposium will be held on 18 September 2014 at the Saatchi Gallery, London.  At what is now a well-established event in the not-for-profit calendar, Rathbones’ spokespeople will be joined by Baroness Manningham-Buller, former head of MI5, and John Timpson, chairman of the Timpson family business.

This year, the Charity Symposium, aimed at charity trustees and their advisers, takes “new perspectives” as its central theme. Rathbones believes that good investment requires an open mind and the outperforming assets of tomorrow may be the very ones that have disappointed in the past.

The speakers will highlight the importance of having the ability to challenge current perceptions and evaluate potential based on present fact, and not focus on a previous setback. Eliza Manningham-Buller headed Britain’s Security Service (MI5) from 2002 to 2007 and will draw on her experiences as she guided the organisation though substantial change in the wake of 9/11 and the threat from Al-Qaeda.  John Timpson, chairman of Timpson, is recognised not only for his nationwide business but also for his innovative work helping ex-offenders: Timpson’s is the UK’s most active employer of former convicts.

Ivo Clifton, head of specialist business and charities at Rathbones said, “Whether a charity or investment professional, it is essential to be willing to challenge convention and encourage new thinking and innovation.  Long-held beliefs and biases can hamper the ability to evaluate potential, so as investors we need to have the strength of character and conviction to assess prospects from fresh angles.  Similarly, charities should have the ability to assess opportunities without judgment, putting prejudice and expectation to one side to the benefit of their organisation and the individual.

“Despite the challenges facing both the not-for-profit sector and investment markets, opportunities exist for those with the perception to seek them out.  We aim to explore some of these opportunities over the course of the Symposium.

“Support for the Charity Symposium increases year on year which we hope reflects the quality of the debate it encourages and the thoughtful examination of key issues facing charity trustees and their advisers.  It has certainly become a core element of our on-going commitment to providing a high quality and fully rounded investment service for our charity clients.”

Event details:
Date: 18 September 2014
Venue: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, London
Time: From 1pm


About Rathbones

Rathbones is one of the UK’s largest and longest-established providers of high-quality, personalised discretionary investment services. It manages over £20 billion of funds (as at 31 December 2013) for individuals, charities and trustees.

About Charities

At Rathbones we are committed to offering a comprehensive investment service to charities of all shapes and sizes. It is this commitment that makes Rathbones one of the fastest growing charity investment managers in the UK, according to Charity Finance. We currently manage over £2.68 billion of funds for over 960 charities (as at 31 December 2013), reflecting the trust and confidence in our investment management services.