Cambridge Taps Tilly Franklin as New Endowment CIO

Franklin replaces Nick Cavalla, who left in 2018 for Talisman Global Asset Management.

Tilly Franklin is the new CIO of the University of Cambridge’s £3.2 billion endowment fund.

The role shouldn’t bring any surprises to Franklin.

She has been on the school’s investment board since 2014 and is an alumna. She assumes the CIO role after departing Alta Advisers, a consultancy for European family offices.

The university released a statement praising Franklin and her experience.

“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,” said Stephen Toope, University of Cambridge vice-chancellor. “We are lucky to have her.”

Tilly Franklin and Cambridge’s Endowment Focus

According to the university, its Endowment Fund supports academic and research activities at the University. These efforts range from student scholarships to cancer research.

Those priorities remain unchanged and invite greater focus on addressing new challenges around the globe.

According to a statement, Franklin will focus heavily on the school’s changing investment priorities. The statement cites “the university’s efforts to tackle the fundamental problems facing humanity such as climate change, food security and chronic disease, where the fund’s contribution plays a vital role in supporting research and scholarship”.

Franklin’s Prior Experience

At Alta Advisors, Franklin served as head of private equity and director of investments.

Prior to her role at Alta, she worked for Apax Partners, BBC Worldwide and Virgin Management, and is an alumna of the university.

“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,” Franklin said in a statement.

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