Founder & Trustees

Jonathan Ruffer Founder

Jonathan grew up in North Yorkshire, read English at Cambridge, trained as a barrister, and then moved into the investment world, setting up Ruffer LLP in 1994. His hope is to be an encouragement to those who work so hard for the good of others and for those who seek to work but have not had the opportunity.

Nick Turner Chairman

Nick read Economics at Cambridge and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross. Since 1989 he has been a private equity investor and was one of the founding partners of HgCapital on its buy-out from Mercury Asset Management plc in 2000. Nick also has a passion for youth work, including a role as mentor to vulnerable young people on the TurnAround project of Wilderness Foundation UK.

Dr Malcolm Rogers CBE FSA Trustee

Malcolm was brought up in Yorkshire and Rutland.  He began his museum career at the National Portrait Gallery in 1974, where he specialized in early English portraiture, latterly serving as Keeper and Deputy Director.  In 1994 he was appointed Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, retiring in 2015 as the longest serving Director of the Museum and Director Emeritus.

Jane Dean Trustee

Jane is Director of Jane Dean & Associates. She has extensive experience of the hospitality and catering industry across the public and private sector in corporate, education, retail, leisure and commercial markets. Prior to establishing her own consultancy, Jane was Business Development Director with Sodexo. Along with developing sales strategy, in this role she had responsibility for planning and implementing new retail shops, deli bars, restaurants and vending. Before Sodexo she spent nine years working for world leading foodservice and support services organisation, Compass Group.

Nicholas Eldred Company Secretary

As a solicitor and consultant general counsel, Nicholas specialises in assisting companies primarily in the arts, culture, media and communications sectors with their legal and governance requirements. He has a broad range of experience gained in leading organisations including BT, O2, the BBC and Christie’s. Nicholas was general counsel and secretary of the last three named organisations and he currently supports English National Ballet and the Royal Ballet School, amongst others. He has just completed a major governance overhaul for the Architectural Association.


Dan Wolfe Trustee

Dan has spent the majority of his career working in the cultural sector.  Since 2014, he has been Director of Communications and Development at Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), where he is responsible for promoting the six palaces in HRP’s care, raising the organisation’s profile as an independent charity and generating income through external fundraising.  Prior to that Dan worked as Director of Members, Art and Media at the Royal Horticultural Society and Marketing Director for English Heritage.  Dan has also worked at the Science Museum and the Millennium Dome.

Bob Bigley Trustee

Bob has extensive experience as a Board Director in a range of global companies in the manufacturing and financial sectors. With a background in corporate finance, he has expertise in strategic business development and implementation, financial restructuring, managing shareholder relations and corporate governance. Bob is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


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