Scottish-based funeral plan trust appoints ex-World Bank Auditor General to Board



The Golden Charter Trust, a UK-based funeral plan trust currently chaired by SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP, has appointed a former World Bank Auditor General to its board.

Clare Brady, who worked at the World Bank 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 and a member of the Audit and Risk Commission of the International Red Cross.

Also appointed to the board of the Glasgow-headquartered business is Christine Johnson, who 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 1 April 2021 after Blackford steps down.

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,. He has dealt with major institutional investors, private clients, trusts and charities.

Clare Brady said: “I 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.”

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