THE Golden Charter Trust, a UK-based funeral plan trust with a value in excess of £1 billion, has appointed Clare Brady and Christine Johnson to its Board.
Clare Brady, who worked at the World Bank as Auditor General for four years, was also previously a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and more recently a Director at the International Monetary Fund.
She is currently a Director of Fidelity Asia Values PLC and a member of the Audit and Risk Commission of the International Red Cross.
Christine Johnson currently serves on a number of other Boards including Invesco Enhanced Income Trust and CCLA, a specialist responsible investing asset manager. She previously held a number of senior investment roles at RSA, Investec, HSBC and most recently as Head of Fixed Income at Old Mutual Global Investors.
Their appointments follow the official announcement that Gareth Howlett will take over the chairmanship of The Golden Charter Trust from 1st April 2021. A member of The Golden Charter Trust Board since 2015, Gareth is also Chair of the Board’s Investment Strategy Group.
He brings to the Trust a successful career in investment management. After training at Baillie Gifford, he worked at Adam and Company, where he was Chief Investment Officer, and Brooks Macdonald, and has dealt with major institutional investors, private clients, trusts and charities.
Clare Brady said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the Board of The Golden Charter Trust and look forward to leveraging my governance experience in support of the Board.
“The Golden Charter Trust has an excellent reputation for safeguarding planholders’ monies and investing the funds in a prudent manner that meets the needs of its beneficiaries. I have no doubt with the support of its Board, it will continue to do so in the future.”
Christine Johnson said: “I’m very happy to be serving as a Trustee on the Board of The Golden Charter Trust. It is a Trust that operates within the highest levels of integrity and prides itself on careful investing to maximise the likelihood of meeting its objectives.
“I look forward to working with my fellow Trustees and bringing my investment management experience to the Board, contributing to maintaining the high standards of the Trust.”
Gareth Howlett, Chair elect, said: “I very much welcome Clare and Christine as Trustees. Their appointments further strengthen the Board and add to the huge range of skills, diversity and experience that The Golden Charter Trust can draw upon.
“The Board remains committed to good corporate governance and I have no doubt that our new Trustees’ infusion of fresh thinking will ensure that we are able to meet the challenges that undoubtedly lie ahead.