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Elgin White backs KidsOut ‘Question of Sport’ fundraiser

Erik Schutte and Johnny Smit with guests at the KidsOut Question of Sport charity dinner

On 8 June 2023, Elgin White joined more than 300 supporters of our Charity of the Year KidsOut, to raise funds for disadvantaged children. The UK-based “fun and happiness” charity creates positive experiences for these children, to support them in becoming successful members of society and the workforce in the future.

The KidsOut annual ‘Question of Sport’ event, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London,  is a lively and entertaining affair that enjoys strong support from business communities around the globe, as well as sporting celebrities and legends. The Quiz Master for this year’s event was former Liverpool FC defender, radio, TV, and internet pundit Mark Lawrenson. Although donations are still being counted and verified, they look set to reach six figures. 

Elgin White was joined by ten clients, partners, and friends who enjoyed a champagne reception and dinner before our sporting knowledge was put to the test in the quiz, and funds were raised from the silent auction. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this worthy cause, and to Elgin White co-founder Neil Smith who has been an active KidsOut Committee Member for more than a decade.

Each year more than 20,000 children flee domestic abuse and seek sanctuary in refuge. KidsOut is the only charity nationally to support every child in a Women’s Aid Federation refuge, providing toys, days out, workshops, and more.

Erik Schutte, Global Director at Elgin White said: “As well as raising funds for such a worthwhile cause it was great to have the opportunity to spend time with clients and partners in such a relaxed and fun-filled way. It is gratifying to know that funds and time donated by Elgin White to KidsOut will be used to help install and maintain technology and internet connectivity within Women’s Aid refuges, to provide residents with access to learning tools and online entertainment.”

For more information, or to learn how you can help, visit the KidsOut website.

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Jeremy Hurwitz

Managing Director - North America

Based in Los Angeles, California, Jeremy founded InvestTech Systems Consulting LLC in 1990. As President and Director the Enterprise Data Management and Architecture Practice for more than 25 years he managed over 50 large investment technology, strategy, and implementation projects for many of the largest global investment management firms. Following the acquisition of his firm by Accenture in 2017, Jeremy remained as Managing Director, Asset Management Lead.

Jeremy joined Elgin White in 2022 to lead the firm’s launch into North America. He is recognized throughout the North America asset management community as a thought leader and innovation architect in the design of enterprise data, analytics, and reporting platforms. His deep knowledge, broad buy-side network, and extensive experience deploying business-outcome-focused technology solutions successfully has accelerated the growth of Elgin White in North America.

Stanley Drasky

Managing Director

Stan joined Elgin White in 2020 following an impressive 30-year career working predominantly for world-class buy-side financial services firms in North America and Europe. He is a renowned buy-side technology leader with a reputation for designing and delivering large-scale transformation initiatives at scale and pace. Currently, Stan is especially active leading infrastructure (cloud and managed services) transformation projects.

His most recent roles prior to Elgin White include Chief Information Officer (EMEA) at State Street and various senior positions during his eight-year tenure at Northern Trust Corporation, including Head of IT & EMEA/Global Director of Fund Administration Technology, Global Director of Asset Management Technology, and Director of Trade Execution Technologies. Stan has also held senior Operational and Technology roles at Nuveen Investments and BNY Mellon.

Throughout his career Stan has been a strategic client or partner of every major front-to-back office technology vendor including SimCorp and Charles River Development.

Erik Schutte

Managing Director

Erik founded Elgin White’s consultancy practice in 2019, which transitioned the firm into a full-service buy-side consultancy and resourcing business. He is an experienced front-to-back business transformation professional and has held several senior management positions during his more than 30-year career in the UK and his native Netherlands, as well as Asia Pacific.

Previous roles include Head of Professional Services at SimCorp, Director at PwC UK, and Managing Director for Wealth & Asset Management Services at Accenture UK & Ireland.