Christopher Houlding, Whitgift Foundation, Chairman to the court of governors, Trinity School, Croydon, South London, Croydon Partnership, charity, Martin Corney

Christopher Houlding announced as Chairman to the Court of Governors.

A new Chairman to lead The Whitgift Foundation, an education and care charity spanning four centuries in Croydon, has been announced today, Tuesday 21 April.

Christopher Houlding has been a Governor of the Foundation since 2001 and will take over from the previous Chairman to the Court of Governors, Ian Harley. 

Christopher was educated at Trinity School of John Whitgift, before embarking on a career in the financial services industry, holding senior positions at several leading investment banks.

As part of the Foundation’s Asset Review Group, responsible for reviewing the Foundation’s investments which comprise both financial and property assets, he has played a key role in bringing about the partnership between the Foundation and the Croydon Partnership in redeveloping the Whitgift Centre. As the freehold owner of the Centre, the Foundation relies on this income to fund its charitable activities. 

Previously, Christopher was a School Governor at Trinity and also a member of the Foundation’s Finance and Administration Committee which oversees the financial and asset management of the charity.

He is currently a Managing Director in the Wealth Management division of UBS AG in London and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Christopher said: “As a former pupil at Trinity School, my proud association with The Whitgift Foundation dates back over many years and I am honoured to be elected Chairman to the Court of Governors. 

“Over the years, I have seen our charitable activities expand considerably; we now grant financial assistance to 46% of students who attend our three renowned schools, our care services to older people are growing and the Carers Support Centre, in central Croydon, supports thousands of carers each month.

“Through our partnership with Westfield and Hammerson, the Croydon Partnership, which is set to redevelop the Whitgift Centre, I look forward to leading the charity at an unprecedented time of exciting change for Croydon.”

Martin Corney, Chief Executive, The Whitgift Foundation, said: “I am delighted that Christopher has been appointed to lead the charity as Chairman to the Court of Governors at such a critical period in both the Foundation’s and Borough’s history. 

“His breadth of experience in the finance sector will ensure that we are able to maintain our income levels to enable thousands more in the local community to benefit from our education and care activities for years to come.”

As well as the Chairman, there are currently 17 Court Governors to the Foundation, each bringing a diverse and valuable spread of experience and expertise from a variety of industries and sectors. 

All attend a quarterly Court Meeting to decide on key decisions relating to the running of the Foundation, as well as sitting on eight committees that oversee all aspects of the Foundation’s charitable activities from finance and governance to external relations. 

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