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Have you heard of our Non-Executive Director (NED) Development Programme?

It has been designed to support the development and transition of local talent wishing to become a NED, in turn diversifying the local NED pool and supporting the transfer of knowledge and skills from experienced NEDs to the next generation, whilst benefiting Partner boards with the much-needed fresh thinking that a developing NED can bring to the table.

We recently received fantastic feedback from a previous participant, Henry Freeman who is now coming to the end of his year-long apprenticeship with Ruffer Investment Company.


Today is my final quarterly board meeting with Ruffer Investment Company (ticker: RICA.L).

My year-long apprenticeship with this FTSE 250 investment company, as part of the Non-Executive Director Development Programme, finishes in November and what a year to have observed and learned from.

I joined the Board working through a new prospectus and share issuance programme and the Company has consequently grown through strong investor demand, from c. £650m in net assets to c. £1.05bn, and joined the #FTSE250during the year. The Manager has deftly navigated through a year of high inflation, market volatility and geopolitical risk.

The development programme with Ruffer and the GTA University Centre has been a great learning experience and has helped me transition from previously advising Boards and Managers of listed companies and funds in my executive career, to the Non-Executive work I am doing now. It has been complemented nicely with the learnings from the Institute of Directors (IoD) Certificate and Diploma programmes.

I have a longstanding affinity with Ruffer Investment Company, having previously invested in it when I was on the buy-side and then covered the Company as a research analyst on the sell-side, so it has been an honour to work with and learn from the Board (Chris Russell, Jill May, Nicholas Pink, Shelagh Mason, David Staples and Sally-Ann Farnon), the Manager (Duncan MacInnes CFA), the Brokers (Investec Corporate and Investment Banking, David Yovichic) and Administrator / Co-Sec (Sanne, Katrina Rowe). Thank you all.


Thank you Henry for your kind review of the programme experience!

Learn more about our popular NED Development Programme and the opportunities for both partner boards and participants HERE