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Beatrice Hollond

Beatrice Hollond (Trustee)
Trustee

Beatrice Hollond

Chairman of F&C Investment Trust; Senior Independent NED of Telecom Plus PLC; Senior Independent NED, member of Management Engagement; Nomination & Remuneration and Audit Committees of Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust PLC; Main Board Director and Chairman of Remco (US) and Chairman of International Advisory Board (UK) of Brown Advisory; Chairman of Millbank Financial Services Limited. Director of Smedvig AS; Board Director of Oldfield & Co, and adviser to a private family office where Bea is also Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee and a member of Remuneration & Governance Committees. Trustee since 2008 and Chair of the Investment Committee.


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