Our investment philosophy

Understanding your charity’s investment objectives, attitude to risk and ethical/ESG constraints is central to building the right portfolio for your needs.

Our Investment Philosphy

We provide investment services not products. We will work closely with you to set your investment strategy to ensure that your portfolio continues to match your charity's requirements over time.

We work alongside trustees to understand fully your charity’s investment objectives, risk tolerance/capacity, time horizon, ethical and ESG preferences and requirements for distribution of income and capital. Only then do we agree a suitable mandate and build the appropriate portfolio – without ‘shoe horning’ you into predetermined risk boxes.

Meeting your needs


We provide our investment managers with the expert guidance and tools needed to make informed decisions, while giving them full discretion to manage your portfolio in your best interests within agreed parameters. Your investment manager will meet with you as often as you need to keep you up to date and understand any changing requirements.


Our portfolios are generally built around a core, balanced distribution of primarily readily realisable (liquid) assets to allow your manager to react swiftly to market conditions. We combine ‘top-down’ asset allocation with ‘bottom-up’ stock selection to add maximum value. Robust internal controls and ongoing peer review ensure that your investment strategy is followed.


Our specialist advisers blend short-term tactical and long-term strategic requirements to reflect changing economic and business cycles. They’ll monitor the relative performance of different asset classes, as well as analysing specific country, industry and company risks to build the right portfolio.

Ethical and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance)

We carefully select companies that won’t conflict with your charity’s ethical principles. Using a third party screening service, we verify our chosen companies and ensure they reflect your charity’s aims and objectives. We have over 500 company meetings each year.

Our credentials


One of the largest non-quoted charity and private client wealth managers in the UK, looking after over 700 charities, as at 30 June 2019.


Independently assessed track record from 2003 that demonstrates our ability to add value through rising and falling markets.


Around £21.8 billion of funds under management and advice as at 30 June 2019, of which over £2 billion is for charities and £250m for not-for-profit organisations.


Over 170 investment managers with low staff turnover, providing you with consistency and continuity of service.

Please remember investment involves risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not receive back the original amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

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Sharon Hanshaw

Director - Business Development

Investment management - Charities
London - 25 Moorgate

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