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Trustee (Investment Management)

Varrier Jones Foundation
Papworth Everard, CB23 3UY
£0.00 - voluntary
Closing date
26 Feb 2021

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Varrier Jones Foundation manages £50m of assets for the benefit of Papworth Trust and other disability charities. We are seeking an additional trustee to strengthen our overall supervision of the professionals who manage our market investments.

VJF's assets are divided between property (commercial and developable land) and market investments currently valued at over £35m. Since the beginning of 2017 the portfolio of market investments has been managed day-to-day by Sarasin and Partners and supervised on behalf of the VJF Board by an Investment Committee. The Trustee (Investment Management) will join both the Board of VJF and the Investment Committee and in that Committee will bring their expertise and experience to bear on the work of supervising our professional investment managers.

We have also agreed that the appointment of these professional managers will be reviewed in 2022 when they will have been post for five years and the Committee will take the lead role in establishing and carrying out this review and making recommendations to the Board as a whole.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

This is an opportunity for an experienced investment manager or investor to apply their skills and experience at Board-level in a challenging charitable setting and to help ensure that VJF's considerable assets can continue to yield sustainable long-term returns for the benefit of disabled people.

Time Commitment

  • Mostly during office hours.
  • Estimate of time needed: 0-5 hours / month.
  • The Board meets quarterly. The Investment Committee meets two to three times a year.

Please make contact, in the first instance, through Reach. We will then be happy to arrange for an informal information discussion with the Chair of the Investment Committee and/or the Chair of the Board as required. Formal applications will be through a covering letter and detailed CV. Deadline: 26 Feb 2021.


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