Iain Rawlinson joined the Board of Trustees in 2002 and was appointed Chairman in 2005. After nine years as Chairman Iain announced his retirement from the UK Board on 31st October 2013 and he has since joined the Development Board. He brings some 20 years’ experience in banking and investment, gained with Lazard Brothers, Robert Fleming and Fleming Family & Partners.
He has had a long connection with the voluntary sector, including involvement with the London International Piano Competition in the 1980’s, and with Global Philanthropic, an adviser to charities globally, of which he is Deputy Chairman, and is also Co-founder and Chairman of the StudyVox Foundation focused on assisting young people.
Iain read law at Cambridge and was called to the Bar in 1981. After beginning his career at Lazard Brothers in London, from 1995 to 2000 he was responsible for building up and managing Flemings’ investment banking presence in Southern Africa. In 2000 he joined Fleming Family & Partners from its establishment, and until 2005 held various senior executive and advisory positions within this group.
Since 2005 he has focused on a range of independent commercial and charitable interests, which have concentrated on natural resources, the financial sector, transportation and the environment. He is a director of a number of companies including the Monarch Group, the UK based travel group of which he is Chairman until July 2014, and is a non-executive director of Parkmead Group plc, operating in the energy sector. Iain is also Chairman of the newly established Rainmaker Foundation.
It is a genuine pleasure for Catherine and me to be here tonight at the Tusk Awards for Conservation in Africa to support a cause that has never been closer to our hearts than it is right now.