The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust have announced the appointment of Simon Fourmy as Head of Grants.
Joining at the start of 2019, Simon has been tasked with establishing a charity office and supporting Julia and Hans Rausing in the development of their giving strategy.
Simon had previously been at the Rothschild foundation since 2014, where he successfully built the grants team and developed a strategic focus for the programme. Whilst at the Foundation, he also managed and directed the initial development of the Illuminated River project, amongst the longest public art commissions in the world, bringing light art to a 4.5 nautical mile stretch of the River Thames in central London.
Prior to his time at the Rothschild Foundation, Simon spent a decade at the Wolfson Foundation where, as Director of Grants, he managed a portfolio of some £100 million in current grants across multiple sectors, including arts, healthcare, science and education. During his time there, he developed new funding initiatives such as a flagship postgraduate scholarship programme and was involved in the Foundation’s single largest ever grant of £20 million for neurological research.
Simon completed his undergraduate studies in Australia, gaining a First-class honours degree in literature and film. He holds an MA in politics, economics and law from SOAS, University of London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Birkbeck.
About The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust
The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust is a charitable fund supporting organisations and charities primarily in the United Kingdom.
Since its formation, the Trust has provided over 220 grants totalling more than £200 million. The Trust supports a number of initiatives focussed on three main areas: Health & Medicine; Social Justice, Welfare & Education; and Arts, Culture & Heritage.
The Trust is a named fund held within The Master Charitable Trust , a donor-advised fund managed by C. Hoare & Co. Bank that is a registered charity (number 1139904).