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University of Cambridge appoints alumna Tilly Franklin to lead Endowment Fund

The University of Cambridge has appointed Tilly Franklin (1990) as its new Chief Investment Officer to lead the £3.2 billion Cambridge University Endowment Fund.

The Jesus College alumna 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. She 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 J 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.”

Jesus College’s Vice-Master, Professor James Clackson, said: “On behalf of everyone at the College, I congratulate Tilly on being appointed to this important role. Her wide range of experience has made her a valued member of Jesus College’s Investment Committee. We are delighted that she will now be using her skills and knowledge at the University.”