Author Archives: Ian Kilbride

Creating Shared Value in South Africa

The bigger business gets, the higher the expectations that it will do good and act in a socially responsible way. Yet, after decades for corporate social responsibility programmes across the globe, critics note that there is precious little to show and in fact, the public’s trust in big business is declining. This has propelled business to rethink its role in society and morph from programmes of corporate social responsibility towards new policies of creating shared value. This article discusses this important shift.

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The Story of Arthur the Orphaned White Rhino

Warwick is a proud supporter of the Spirit Wildlife Fund. The Fund supports nature and animal conservation in South Africa and has made a significant commitment to Care For Wild, which provides a home for orphaned rhino. Little brave Arthur was featured on the front page of the Cape Times recently, with Spirit Foundation Trustee, Jooles Kilbride, personally spending many hours nursing him after his horrendous injuries. This is their story.

The story of Arthur the Orphaned White Rhino

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African elephants helped this businessman settle in SA!

CAPE TOWN – In the late 1980s, Africa had lost half its elephant populations due to the onslaught of poaching. You couldn’t help but be affected.

So Ian Kilbride, who admits to being “hung up” about ellies, and a few like-minded friends decided in 1989 to drive from London to Cape Town to see for themselves what they perceived to be the last elephants in the wild and the devastation of the species.

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Warwick does a huge deal with Cadiz!

The attached link explains why the Warwick Team is totally committed to Warwick’s development . We all believe in SA and it’s future and we are all SA optimists!

This article sets out some of my own and Warwick’s history, this includes Appleton (named after my school) and then Warwick (named after my university).

The Warwick Team is the greatest group of people, in every single aspect, that I have ever met, worked with and or experienced and it will continue to deliver in all of the jurisdictions where it operates.

We all commit to a ‘measured and planned growth’, over the many years to come, because we always play the long game!

Ian Kilbride: Warwick does a huge deal with Cadiz and says more to come

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Warwick buys Cadiz Asset Management

Warwick buys Cadiz

JSE-listed Stellar Capital Partners and Warwick are pleased to announce the sale of the asset management business of Cadiz. Cadiz enjoys a 20-year track-record of successful asset management with a suite of funds, including South Africa’s top-performing money market fund over the past 10 years.

The acquisition of the Cadiz business lifts Warwick’s assets under management and administration to over R30 billion.

Stellar CEO Peter van Zyl comments, “We have recently reviewed our future strategic direction and focus within the greater Stellar Group and have been looking for the right strategic partner for Cadiz and the sale of Cadiz Asset Management to Warwick represents a very positive and important step for the future of Cadiz. For some 20 years, Cadiz has earned a reputation for the development of innovative structured financial products, hedge funds and money market fund excellence and we are proud of our association with this great asset management company.

In Warwick, we have found the ideal partner to take the Cadiz business forward and to share in its future success. We are confident that the synergies between the two businesses will be maximised and that the deal will be particularly beneficial for the clients.”

Warwick CEO, Ian Kilbride, comments, “We are delighted with the deal to acquire the business of Cadiz and to partner with Stellar Capital going forward. Cadiz is a company that I, and indeed the broader financial services industry, have respected for many years. The deal will add value to Warwick in three respects. Firstly, it will add further quality asset management professionals with a successful and proven track-record to our team. Secondly, the Cadiz suite of funds will add to our existing suite of funds and portfolio offering. Thirdly, the acquisition will take Warwick into the retail and institutional asset management space, which forms part of our three-year strategic plan.

The Cadiz acquisition is the first of a number of deals we hope to conclude in the coming 36 months.”

The sale and purchase will be subject to securing all necessary regulatory approvals.

For all media inquiries, please contact:
Tim Hughes, or 083 290 2666

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Insider Chronicles

I was recently working in London and it was simply one of those weeks. Nothing quite fell into place and I was having to change direction, change my thinking and basically work far harder than I expected to in order to get where I wanted to be.  There are, however, always others having a harder time than ourselves and I always try never to forget that.

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One Measured Step at a Time

When one of the leading or at the very least better known economists writes openly,  as he did this month, that it is, “Time to send all of your money out of South Africa”, then many people will and did sit up and take notice.  It is, however, better to know all of the facts and thus always better to have at least a third, fourth or even a full hand of opinions, before you jump to such a total conclusion.

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New look for a new Era!

We are delighted to reveal to you, for the first time, the new look of Warwick. This new design will be applied throughout Warwick internationally. It marks a new and exciting chapter in the Warwick story and it is simply our ‘New look for a new Era’.

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Giving Back

All four of our children have thoroughly enjoyed, or are still benefiting from, a school whose motto is simply, ‘We shall give back’.  At first, I must admit, I found the line a little obvious and cheesy, but I now think that, if nothing else, it has always reminded my wife and I that as parents we should ensure that our children are considerate to other people’s needs and grow up to be adults who will also be kind, as well as generous of spirit and their time, willing always to help anyone less fortunate than themselves.

It is an old and accepted adage that ‘Charity begins at home’, and yet at 55 years old I still have no idea what that means!  So, I have simply assumed it to be, ‘Ensure that your own family are safe, housed and fed.  After that look to others and do what you can to make their lives better.’  Rotary and Masonic Clubs also say, take care of your home and business and then deliver charity.  I assume that this all means the same thing, look after your loved ones, then your own source of security and then use that solid base to then do positive things.

Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and most other religions encourage their followers to do good deeds and there are thousands of examples, from all creeds, of followers putting others before themselves, however, no religion has a monopoly on doing good.  Today it’s often hard to ‘differentiate philanthropy from publicity’, then again perhaps it does not matter, as long as the end result is that the less fortunate garner some benefit that they otherwise would never have enjoyed.

I am personally a very lucky man, and regardless of what the future brings, I have always worked diligently and thus enjoyed a ‘fair’ degree of good fortune.  I knew very early on in my adult life that I had ‘to give back’.  More importantly my upbringing, in an English, working class, Anglican home meant I often saw and experienced both sides of what was needed.  Yet these needs were, and still remain, neglected by those who have the means, but not the sense of decency, understanding or desire to assist the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

I have now been in business paying my own way for 25 years.  I have lived more of my life in Africa than in Europe and I have seen more natural talent, humility and ability in African scholars than I have in many English private schools.

Warwick, who I am the CEO and Chairman of in Africa, deal with thousands of clients who live, as we would say in Lancashire, a ‘comfortable life’, and I am also delighted that they have always supported the company’s ‘community’ projects.

Spirit Education Foundation, was founded in memory of my sister Louise, during the month of our first free elections, back in April 1994 and over the last 23 years it has educated hundreds of scholars and funded thousands of years of education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Its largest sponsor has always been Warwick.  Warwick also support the ‘Big Issue’ in Cape Town, as well as the Spirit Wildlife Fund, established by my wife Jooles Kilbride an animal activist, it is dedicated to saving the lives of young rhinos.

Supported by four Warwick directors, I am the chairman of Lord’s Taverners SA (LTSA), the UK Patron being Prince Philip and the President Sir Michael Parkinson.  LTSA offers a ‘Sporting Chance’ to disabled and disadvantaged children in South Africa, it is an amazing organisation.

The ‘Spirit Foundation International’ (SPI), which I am also very proud to chair, supports disadvantaged children in the north west of England via, Everton in the Community (EITC) and the Everton Free School (EFS).  It also helps fund ‘Warwick University in Africa’, a scheme that sends Warwick University graduates to teach in township schools in Africa, predominantly South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania.

I would therefore like to take a moment to thank everyone, including the generous staff and clients of Warwick who assist Warwick, Spirit, LTSA, EITC, EFS, Warwick in Africa, the Big Issue and also the ‘Little Optimist’, a charity run by Greg Bertish, an amazing man committed to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

If I am ever asked, ‘So what can I do?’ I answer as I did to my friend Greg, ‘Just go out and do some good’, because that is all we can ever hope to achieve!


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A Hypocritical Oath

The bigger they are the harder they fall!  Good advice to any guy picking up a rugby ball for the first time, but until you make that first hard committed tackle you only half believe it.  Then that giant tumbles to the ground, like a felled tree and you realise that it didn’t even hurt, well not so much that you would ever tell anyone about it!

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