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19 May 2008: SHINE is delighted to announce that Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, has agreed to become a Patron of SHINE. We are also very pleased to announce that Anthony Salz, Executive Vice-Chairman of N.M. Rothschild and Son, has joined SHINE’s Board of Trustees.

Alison-Richard_portrait resizedBefore becoming Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard spent nearly a decade serving as Provost of Yale University. She was previously Chair of Yale’s Department of Anthropology and later served as Director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

As an academic, Professor Richard is widely known for her study of the evolution of complex social systems among primates. As Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard’s initiatives include a new bursary fund to ensure that undergraduate students and applicants are not disadvantaged by university tuition fees.

Jim O’Neill, Head of Global Economic Research at Goldman Sachs and Chairman of SHINE, said: “Professor Richard is internationally respected for both her scholarship and leadership and we are naturally thrilled that she has accepted our invitation to become a Patron of SHINE. I am certain that her experience, ability and reputation will prove invaluable to our organisation and, most importantly, to our work.”

Professor Richard said: “I am most honoured to become a Patron of SHINE. I care deeply about the purposes of SHINE and have been impressed by its track record as well as the high calibre of those willing to advocate and support its endeavours. I look forward to working with SHINE and to doing what I can to be helpful.”

Anthony Salz joins Board of Trustees

Anthony-Salz_portrait resizedIn another highly positive development, Anthony Salz has been appointed a Trustee of SHINE. Before taking up his current position as Executive Vice-Chairman of N.M.Rothschild and Son, Anthony was co-Senior Partner at law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Described by MoneyWeek as “the finest legal brain in Britain”, Anthony spent 31 years at Freshfields. During this time he was at the centre of some of the largest corporate deals in history, including SmithKline’s merger with Beecham and Mannesmann’s defence against Vodafone. His leadership of Freshfields also saw the firm’s transformation into the internationally renowned powerhouse Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, following its merger with two German firms in 2000.

Besides serving as Vice-Chairman of the BBC from 2004 to 2006, Anthony is a Trustee of several charitable organisations, including the Tate Foundation, the Eden Project and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Welcoming the appointment, Jim O’Neill said: “Anthony deservedly has a superb reputation – not just among the legal community, but also in finance, business and public life more broadly. Attracting somebody of such high calibre is a fantastic coup for SHINE and I know that his experience, wisdom and judgement will prove to be an enormous asset to SHINE’s management, governance and operations.”