I am proud to say I have been a Director of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Charitable Foundation (ASICF) since its creation as the Aberdeen Asset Charitable Foundation and I was involved in the debates around the original set up and structure. The most pleasing aspect to me is ASICF provides additional goodwill and enhanced reputation for the organisation both internally and externally and has been seen as a positive to staff morale.
Along with ASICF I have participated in the Global Volunteering Day. Last year I attended FareShare in Bermondsey and was pleased to be told that Fareshare had started up in Ipswich close to my home. I have since spent a few days volunteering there thanks to the original company connection.
I have always been involved with at least one charity during my career and see this as a small way of giving something back to the community. I am also a Trustee Director of Freeword based in London.