Cambridge appoints Alta Director Tilly Franklin to lead University Endowment Fund

  Tilly Franklin  Credit: Colette Camden

The University of Cambridge has appointed Tilly Franklin as its new Chief Investment Officer to lead its £3.2 billion Endowment Fund.

Franklin will leave her role as Director of Investments and Head of Private Equity at Alta Advisers, a London-based investment advisory firm and one of Europe’s leading single family investment offices.

An alumna of Jesus College, Cambridge, Franklin brings an impressive level of financial experience from Alta, private equity firm Apax Partners Ltd, BBC Worldwide and Virgin Management to the role.

Tilly Franklin said: "As an alumna, I’m delighted to be taking on a role at this great University, and helping to support its world-leading research and teaching."

The University’s Endowment Fund supports a wide range of academic and research activities across Cambridge from the world-class Fitzwilliam Museum to scholarships for hundreds of students from around the world and ground-breaking research into chronic diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, to name just two of the many areas of cutting-edge research at Cambridge.

University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, said: “This is a key appointment. Tilly is the ideal person to lead the Endowment Fund into this new era. She brings a wealth of financial experience and a passionate commitment to responsible fund management. We are lucky to have her.”

The Fund has distributed on average about £75 million annually over the last 10 years to help support the University in its mission to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

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The University of Cambridge is acknowledged as one of the world's leading higher education and research institutions. The University was instrumental in the formation of the Cambridge Network and its Vice- Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, is also the President of the Cambridge Network.

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