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GAM Charities Educational Seminar with Martyn Lewis

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London

Thursday, 5 November 2015 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Thank you to all of you who attended the recent GAM Charity Educational Seminar at the Institute of Directors. We hope you found the various speakers to be educational, interesting or entertaining (or perhaps a mixture of all these).

If you would like to view the event presentation, please download it here.

The presentations were deliberately not sales-orientated, but suffice it to say, we are proud of our achievements as investment managers in the charity space and are always happy to submit an investment proposal where appropriate whenever Trustees are reviewing their managers.



Lunch and registration

12:45pm Achieving growth and income
Christian Flackett, GAM  
1:05pm The current state of charity regulation – a personal view
Anne-Marie Piper, Farrer & Co
1:25pm Coffee 

Getting your charity noticed on social media
Nordoff Robbins Representative

2:00pm Solutions-driven journalism
Martyn Lewis  
3:00pm Close 

Speaker bios
Christian Flackett

Christian Flackett, director, GAM

Christian Flackett (18 years’ investment experience, of which 16 years managing portfolios at GAM) is director of private clients & charities responsible for the management of private client portfolios, trusts and charities. As well as managing charity portfolios, Christian is himself a trustee of two charities, a former prison visitor and a committee member for the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts and Stroke Society. Prior to joining GAM in August 1999, Christian spent two years as an assistant portfolio manager with Singer & Friedlander Portfolio Management Limited.

Christian holds an MA Joint Honours from the University of Edinburgh. Christian attained the Investment Management Certificate (IMC), the Private Client Investment Advice & Management (PCIAM) certificate (merit) and is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He is also a Chartered Wealth Manager (CISI designation).

Martyn Lewis CBE

Martyn Lewis CBE

Martyn Lewis’ career is an unusual blend of the media, charitable and business worlds. During 32 years as a television journalist he anchored every mainstream national news programme on ITV & BBC (including News At Ten and the Six O'Clock News), and now works extensively in the voluntary sector. He founded YouthNet, the award-winning charity which, since 1995, has been providing a comprehensive website helping 16-25 year-olds – thesite.org – and which created Do-It.org, the national volunteering database instantly linking people who want to volunteer with the right volunteering opportunity. (He retired after 20 years as YouthNet Chairman earlier this year, and Trustees gave him the title "Founder At Large !)

He is currently serving a second term as Chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), and is Chairman of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, President of United Response, Vice-President of Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) and Demelza Children’s Hospice. He is also Patron of The Patchwork Foundation, the Do-It Trust, the quarterly broadsheet “Positive News” and Dementia UK. He recently chaired an Inquiry into executive pay in the voluntary sector and its recommendations were welcomed by politicians of all main parties.

He campaigns regularly for more coverage of the achievements of the voluntary sector in the national media, and, more generally, for "solutions-driven journalism". He was recently appointed a Director of IPSO (The Independent Press Standards Organisation which replaced the Press Complaints Commission). He is also a Director of the TS Elite Group and PL Education Ltd, pioneering new techniques for helping students to learn.

He continues to chair conferences and debates on a wide range of subjects in the corporate, public and charitable sectors, and in 2013 returned to broadcasting to present a weekly interview programme called “Agenda” on “The Wireless”, a new radio station for the over-50s” created by the charity Age UK. In the 2010 and 2015 General Elections in the UK he presented a live closed-circuit interview programme for 1,000 guests at London’s Tate Gallery as the results came in. A long-standing judge of the Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards, he is now its permanent Deputy Chair.

Anne Marie Piper

Anne Marie Piper, Farrer & Co

Anne-Marie is Head of the Charities Team. She acts for many household name charities including Save the Children and Age UK. She is particularly well known for her handling of complex charity reorganisations and mergers, difficult regulatory cases and charity administrations.

Founder, former secretary and former Chairman of the Charity Law Association, Anne-Marie also lectures and writes regularly on charity law subjects and is the general editor of Charity Law (2012: European Lawyer Reference series).

A well-known and respected practitioner in the sector, Anne-Marie Piper reportedly "fights for her clients." Peers describe her as "an alpha" and single her out as the person they would refer work to if conflicted.  Clients appreciate her focused advice because she "stands back and clearly communicates, takes it back to first principles and is very clear."Chambers UK


Nordoff Robbins

Nordoff Robbins is a national music therapy charity dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK. To learn more please click here.