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Ben Goldsmith

Founder & CEO

Menhaden Green Investment Trust

London, UK

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Ben Goldsmith’s Biography

Ben Goldsmith is CEO of Menhaden Capital, a London-listed investment trust with a focus on energy and resources. Ben is also the co-founder of WHEB Asset Management, a leading sustainable investment management business.

He is Chairman of the Goldsmith family’s JMG Foundation, which funds campaigning and advocacy work on environmental issues. Ben’s commitment to environmental causes extends beyond the JMG Foundation with him having co-founded the UK Environmental Funders' Network. He is also co-founder of the Ibiza Preservation Fund, the Aeolian Islands Preservation Fund and the St Vincent and the Grenadines Preservation Fund, created in order to promote sustainability and preserve the natural beauty of the islands. In addition, Ben is a Trustee of CIFF, one of the UK’s largest philanthropic foundations.

Ben serves as a Non-Executive Director of the United Kingdom Government’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, he acts as Advisor to Environment Minister, Michael Gove, and is an Investor and Advisor at Altruistiq.

Ben Goldsmith’s Background

Menhaden Green Investment Trust
Founder & CEO
Jul 2015 - Present
London, UK
Menhaden Green is an investment trust, which focuses on energy and resources, based in London.
WHEB
Founder and Partner
Jan 2003 - Jun 2015
WHEB is a specialist investor focused on the opportunities created by the global transition to more sustainable, resource efficient and energy efficient economies.

Other Business Interests

Crowdfunder UK
Shareholder
Nov 2015 - Present
London, UK
Crowdfunder is the UK's largest crowdfunding platform, raising millions of pounds for 1000's of projects all over the UK.
UK Environmental Funders Network
Co-Founder
Jan 2003 - Present
London, UK
The UK Environmental Funders Network brings together more than 100 grant-making organisations with a focus on environmental issues.
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Current Board Positions

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Non-Executive Board Member
Mar 2018 - Present
London, UK
The UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry & sustaining a thriving rural economy.
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Conservative Environment Network
Chairman
Jan 2003 - Present
London, UK
The Conservative Environment Network seeks to give a voice to conservatives who believe stewardship of the environment is core conservative territory and who have a preference for decentralized, markets-orientated solutions to environmental and resource issues.

Current Advisory Roles

Altruistiq
Investor & Advisor
Jan 2021 - Present
London, UK
Founded in 2020, Altruistiq's mission is to accelerate its consumer's sustainability transformation.

Philanthropy

Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
Trustee
London, UK
CIFF is an independent philanthropic organisation that focuses specifically on improving the lives of children in developing countries, who live in poverty.
Ibiza Preservation Fund
Co-Founder
Jan 2008 - Present
Ibiza, ES
The Ibiza Preservation Fund helps preserve Ibiza and Formentera’s exceptional beauty and natural value as well as encouraging sustainable initiatives.
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Ben Goldsmith’s Education

Eton College
1994 - 1999