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Rosa, The UK Fund for Women and Girls Appoints New Chair

Catherine Dovey

Rosa, the first and still the only UK-wide fund for women and girls, is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Dovey (nee Tillotson) as its new Chair.

Having founded and led Scorpio Partnership, the global wealth management strategy and research firm for 20 years, Catherine has been at the forefront of strategic development for an industry now estimated at US$20 trillion worldwide.

Catherine is internationally recognised for her thought leadership on the role of wealth in society, women and wealth, female entrepreneurship and global – including female – philanthropy. She will take up the role in January 2018, succeeding Marilyn List who will step down from the chair position but remain on the board.

Marilyn List, Rosa’s current Chair said:

“I’m delighted that Catherine, with her experience and passion for gender equality will be Rosa’s new Chair. I look forward to supporting her as she, the Trustee Board and Rosa’s Executive Director Samantha Rennie take Rosa to the next level as the new Top Team”

On her new role, Catherine Dovey said:

“I’m looking forward to working with Samantha, the trustee board and Rosa’s wider network of partners and supporters to scale up the resources applied to the challenge of women’s equality in the UK.

Rosa is building a movement for all women – and for everyone – who wants to ensure our families, communities, businesses and our nation are healthier, wealthier, safer and fairer as a result of the gender dividend. I am excited to be part of that movement helping to make the UK a fairer society.”

Samantha Rennie, Executive Director of Rosa, said:

“Catherine’s background as a business and philanthropy leader will strengthen Rosa significantly and I very much look forward to working with her to scale up our impact and influence. On behalf of Rosa, I’d also like to thank Marilyn, a founding trustee, for her significant contribution and commitment to the organisation.”

Almost 100 years after women in the UK won the right to vote, and ten years after Rosa was founded, Catherine joins Rosa at an exciting time. While great gains have been made, the UK lags behind many other nations on equality indicators. Women’s voices must be strengthened as we square up to tackle remaining injustices that hold women – and men – back

Rosa will be making more grants in 2018 to amplify and strengthen women’s voices on issues that affect women and benefit all our communities – from campaigning against harassment, through schoolgirls seeking more women featuring in the national curriculum, to voter-registration drives among under-represented women.