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Global Philanthropic warmly welcomes Iain Rawlinson as Director of the Board and the new Chair of the Global Philanthropic Group, starting in January 2021. Iain is an experienced Board Member & Chair, charity trustee and strategy adviser. He brings a wealth of expertise to help Global Philanthropic meet our 2021 goals and help us serve our clients better.

As we enter 2021, and against the background of the challenging global environment, we are excited about this appointment as Iain will bring longstanding experience in the philanthropic sector to the work of the Group, including the launch of our first in person and virtual Talking Philanthropy to be held in Singapore, and the development of our corporate philanthropy strategy as part of our giving service offerings. 2021 will no doubt be a busy year for Global Philanthropic and our clients.

Iain Rawlinson said, “I have believed in Global Philanthropic’s work since it was founded, and have followed its development closely. In the world of today it has an important role to play in promoting and supporting philanthropic activity around the world – including bringing people together and promoting change – and it has built a talented team of practitioners in the sector as well as many longstanding relationships. With the expected increase in importance of philanthropy in the post pandemic environment, the Talking Philanthropy forum in 2021 will take place at a pivotal time, connecting philanthropists and fundraisers in a global conversation aimed at facilitating effectiveness and innovation, and bringing about positive change. I am delighted to be re-joining the Board at this critical time, and wish to acknowledge the significant contribution made by my predecessors in this role.”

Iain brings experience from both the corporate and non-profit sectors, with a banking and business background and being a Founder Partner in Vico Partners, a senior level advisory firm focused on strategy and communications working closely with Boards and business leaders. His philanthropic activities started in 1991 as a founding member of the London International Piano competition. Since then he has held charitable board appointments, including as Chair of Tusk, the African conservation charity from 2004 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman of Global Philanthropic from 2007 to 2014, and currently as Chair of Governors at Walhampton School. From 2016 to 2019 he volunteered with the Centre for Social Innovation at the Cambridge Judge Business School and from 2017 to 2020 he was a NED at the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust.

“I am thrilled that Iain has agreed to join the Board again and take up the Chair. Iain has been a long-time believer and supporter of Global from day one and was the first person to advise me on how to set up the Group some 18 years ago. He served on the Board for many years; it is therefore wonderful to welcome him back in the leadership role as our new Chair.

We have some really big developments in the year ahead; our clients are embracing many challenging situations due to the pandemic, we are delivering the Talking Philanthropy event in May and also developing and launching a new offer for firms on corporate philanthropy. Iain will be a leading voice in many of these new developments so it will be a very exciting time for the Global Philanthropic Group.” said Ben Morton Wright, President & Group CEO.

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