On Monday 7th September 2015, a select, daredevil group abseiled from the top of three of the City’s most iconic buildings – 30 St Mary Axe, The Leadenhall Building and 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as The Gherkin, The Cheesegrater and The Walkie-Talkie, 1,916ft down to the ground below.
This epic descent - the longest civilian abseil in history and the first time anyone has ever abseiled down these buildings before – helped raise life-changing funds for The Outward Bound Trust and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity: transforming the lives of young people as well as serving and former naval personnel and their families in the UK. Full details can be found in the City Three Peaks impact report, on the left hand side of this page.
In 2012, a team of 40 brave men and women, led by Outward Bound’s Chairman, HRH The Duke of York, abseiled over 787ft down the side of The Shard, making history and raising a transformational £2.8m in funds for The Outward Bound Trust and The Royal Marines Charitable Trust.
Following the unprecedented success of this outstanding event, the supporters of both organisations were keen to know - what’s next? We knew if we were to follow in these prestigious footsteps, we had to make our next challenge even greater than the last; hence the City Three Peaks challenge was born.
Founded in 1941, The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that exists to unlock potential in young people from all walks of life through learning and adventure in the wild. The Outward Bound Trust offers significant bursaries funded by a wide range of generous supporters, to provide access to challenging, adventurous experiences that help 9-19 year olds to raise their self-confidence and equip them with skills and positive attitudes that are the fundamentals for future success at school, at work and for life.
For more information on The Outward Bound Trust please visit www.outwardbound.org.uk
The RNRMC is the principal, and chosen, charity of the Royal Navy. Last year they gave £7.2m to people most in need: serving personnel, veterans and families. For those in uniform; the RNRMC boost morale, improve facilities and ease the pressure that life in the Service can bring. For families and for veterans – through their grant giving to other military charities – they provide crucial support for parents and children as well as former-Serving personnel experiencing difficulty with ill health or old age.
For more information on The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, please visit www.rnrmc.org.uk
AkzoNobel is one of the world’s leading industrial companies. It is the largest global coatings manufacturer and the number one in decorative paints and performance coatings, as well as being a major worldwide supplier of specialty chemicals. AkzoNobel employs around 50,000 people in more than 80 countries and is committed to developing innovative products and cutting edge sustainable technologies. With a head office based in the Netherlands, AkzoNobel is a Fortune Global 500 company and is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. AkzoNobel is a Chemicals industry leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, as well as being included on the FTSE4Good Index.
Over the past 9 years, AkzoNobel’s support of The Outward Bound Trust has grown from supporting 100 young people, from one school in one key business location to supporting 1632 young people, from 26 schools in 12 key business locations across the UK. In total, AkzoNobel have donated/fundraised an incredible total of £934,000 since 2006.
Kamel Alzarka is the chairman and founder of Falcon Group. At 22, Alzarka completed his term at business school in Paris and established Falcon whilst still based in the city. He soon moved to London and Dubai, exploring less traditional forms of trade finance for a broad range of corporates. Today, the company has a book of around US$3 billion, and is certainly a major player in the field.
Rupert Atkin is the Chief Executive of Talbot Underwriting and has worked in the Lloyd’s market for 34 years. Prior to Validus’ purchase of Talbot in 2007 he was the active underwriter for syndicate 1183 from 1991 until 2007. He is a director of all Talbot Group companies. He was appointed Chairman of the Lloyd’s Market Association with effect from 1 February 2012 and has been a member of the Council of Lloyd’s since 2006 and became Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s in February 2014. He has served on various market bodies, including the Lloyd’s Regulatory Board and has chaired both the Lloyd’s Underwriters Association and the Joint War Risk Committee. He is a trustee of the Lloyd’s Charities Trust.
He had previously helped form Catlin and was Deputy Underwriter at Catlin in its formative years between 1985 and 1990. Prior to 1985 he worked as an underwriting assistant with Posgate and Denby.
Rupert has an MA in Modern History, having studied at St John's College, Oxford.
Amlin is a leading independent insurer specialising in providing insurance cover to commercial enterprises and reinsurance protection to other insurance companies around the world. At Amlin, we take care of risk so our clients can concentrate on their business, secure in the knowledge that we have them covered. Simply put, our business ensures theirs continues.
Tracy is CEO of Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), a specialist insurer of UK defined benefit pension funds. Formerly Chief Investment Officer at PIC, Tracy is an alumna of Goldman Sachs. Tracy is a longstanding supporter of the Outward Bound Trust and has an abiding interest in socially useful capitalism.
Situated in the heart of the historic valley of Wensleydale, the Bolton Estate is a multi-faceted business with interests including agricultural, residential and commercial property, limestone quarries and also has operations in forestry, tourism, weddings, education, renewable energy and horse racing.
Bolton is home to Harry, 8th Lord Bolton and his family, whose forebears have owned parts of the estate since 1149. Despite a colourful history and the best attempts of certain family members to antagonise the Crown, the estate has flourished and the land unit has been passed down from father to son (and twice through illegitimate daughters) since medieval times
David is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Alcentra Ltd, a global asset management firm. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the DFN Charitable Foundation. The Foundation was founded with the aim of supporting the areas of education, healthcare and conservation. The current focus of the Foundation is the building of a special needs school in Surrey. With this at the forefront of the Foundation’s activities, David was delighted to take on the City Three Peaks challenge and to help raise funds to allow The Outward Bound Trust help more disadvantaged young people.
SVG Capital listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1996 and is a leading private equity investor. With net assets of over £1bn, SVG Capital invests across the private equity asset class providing shareholders with a balanced single point access to private equity and private equity related assets. We have a focused investment strategy which allows us to select managers and investments that we believe have the ability to outperform the wider market. Our investment strategy is overlaid with a focus on optimising shareholder returns through a disciplined capital allocation framework
SVG Capital has been supporting The Outward Bound Trust for 2 years.
George Hammer is a natural entrepreneur, who has spent the last four decades bringing new and innovative concepts to market in the fashion, health, & fitness; events and beauty industries. George also founded the world renowned Urban Retreat Salon and Spa located on the fifth floor of Harrods amongst many other companies.
Ewan’s daily focus is research and development, risk management and managing Cantab Capital Partners’ quantitative team. Ewan combines market and technology experience, fund management experience and an outstanding depth of understanding of the theory and practice of quantitative finance.
Ewan was previously a Partner at Goldman Sachs. Ewan has a PhD in Mathematics (General Relativity) from the University of Southampton, a Certificate in Advanced Study in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and achieved a First Class degree in Natural Philosophy and Astronomy from the University of Glasgow.
Fasha Mahjoor, an Outward Bound Trustee, is the founder and CEO of Phenomenex, a global leader in the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of leading edge analytical scientific solutions. Voted as one of the top 100 most influential people in the analytical science industry, Fasha oversees a global organization with a unique culture dedicated to the advancement of the sciences and defined by its enormous passion and investment in supporting worthy philanthropic causes. After his abseil down The Shard in 2012, Fasha has been thirsting for more adventure in the name of The Outward Bound Trust. He is looking forward to conquering the City Three Peaks Challenge and raising funds for this noble cause.
Following a 21-year career in the British Army and a 21-year career in Financial Services, Guy Munnoch is now Non Executive Director and Advisor for several firms in the UK and South Africa and also runs a successful Leadership Development company. In his spare time, he enjoys physical challenges which have included summiting Everest, trekking to both the North and South Poles and running ultra-marathons.
Vin’s career has included a combination of venture capital, private equity and CEO/operational experience, centred around twenty years of M&A activity in the software sector. Vin is a partner at Elderstreet Investments and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Computer Software, a consolidator in the healthcare and business solutions sector, which she founded in 2008 and sold for £750m, in March 2015 to Vista Equity Partners, a software and technology-focused private equity firm. Prior to this, Vin was CEO of Computer Software Group plc, from 2002 which she took private four years later and following a merger sold to the US-based private equity vehicle, Hellman Friedman, in 2007 for £500m. Vin is currently non-executive director at FTSE250 Chime plc and Greenko plc. Previous roles include COO for Kewill Systems plc, Chairman of Leeds Group plc and a non-executive director of Concateno plc.
Although a highly successful entrepreneur and business leader, North Wales based Bill Roberts identifies more as happily married man who is very proud of his 4 equally successful children. Leaving the reins of two of his award winning businesses in the hands of his sons, Ben and Toby, allows Bill the luxury to travel the world indulging in his other passion, fishing.
Rising to a challenge has been a driving force throughout an illustrious career and as a strong supporter of the Outward Bound Trust, Bill is now excited to build on his previous fundraising efforts achieved when he descended The Shard in 2012.
Brookfield Rose is no ordinary business group. We prefer to do things differently; finding opportunity where others see problems. And where many settle for convention, we feel more energised by challenging it. As a group of highly experienced professionals, our people redefine best practice on a daily basis. For now, we’re focusing on the recruitment, personal finance and logistics sectors, with transformative solutions, systems and software. Our collective insights, skills and talents are streamlining administration, saving time and improving bottom lines for companies and brands across the UK, as well as offering individuals a better way to find and manage their employment, or get a better deal on loans or logistics.
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Sadly, the City Three Peaks was a one off event for 2015 – however your next thrill seeking challenge could be just around the corner. For details of our current events calendar, please get in touch with us directly using the details below:
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