“An impossible voyage with an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature” is how the storyline of Lewis Carol’s poem, The Hunting of the Snark, has been described. The characters set off to cross the sea guided by the Bellman’s map of the Ocean, a blank sheet of paper. The hunting party arrive in a strange land, and the Bellman tells them about the signs by which a Snark can be identified, but he warns them that some Snarks are highly dangerous Boojums and, if they find one of them, they’ll vanish.
We would be delighted if you were able to join us to hear CCLA’s chief investment officer, James Bevan speaking candidly about the elaborate and costly chase of that elusive quarry — an ethical, sustainable, high yielding investment return for charity investors. James and members of his team will reflect upon the decade that has past, and how they have managed to achieve considerable outperformance over the period, before looking forward to the decade ahead.
One of the considerations for the morning is why, too often, the hunt proves a great disappointment for investors; though the exercise itself may be energising and entertaining for investment managers! We will explore why it is far easier to order a search for ideal solutions than to actually discover them; and there will be time for delegates to share experiences of engaging with the investment management industry, as well as consider ways to deal with the challenges to come.
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Navigation was always a difficult art
Peter Hugh Smith, Chief Executive CCLA
An agnoy in Eight Fits
James Bevan, Chief Investment Officer CCLA
They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care; They pursued it with folks and hope; They threatened its life with a railway-share; They charmed it with smiles and soap.
Panel discussion chaired by Peter Hugh Smith
We shall need all our strength for the job!
2020 to 2030 - Prospects and challenges
For the Snark's a peculiar creature, that won't be caught in a common place way
Implications and choices for endowments
Discussion chaired by Chris Ferguson, Bursar, Trinity College Oxford