Rosalind Smith

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Born (1963-07-22) 22 July 1963 (age 60)
Sheffield, England
OccupationInvestor and businesswoman
  • Chair of Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust
  • Founder of the Lancaster-Taylor Charitable Trust

Dr Rosalind Smith, (born 22 July 1963 in Sheffield) is a British entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Early life

Smith was born in Sheffield, England. She grew up in Keighley, West Yorkshire where she attended University Academy Keighley, (then a comprehensive school named Greenhead Grammar School).[1] She studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge,[2] and has a PhD in electrophysiology from the University of Leicester.[3]


Smith was one of the founders of Geneva Technology, sold to Convergys Corporation in 2001 for $700 million.[4][5][6]

Smith is CEO of Friargrove Ltd.[7]

Philanthropy and charitable work

In 2008 Smith, and her then husband Steven Edwards, gave £30 million to Smith's Cambridge College New Hall, which was renamed Murray Edwards].[8][9][8][10][11][12] There was some controversy regarding the renaming.[13][14][15]

She is a founder and trustee of the Lancaster-Taylor Charitable Trust.[16]

She founded Student Information Services, and is a long term supporter and member of the Advisory Panel, of IntoUniversity.[17]

She was a trustee of Red Balloon Learner Centres.[18]

Smith is Chairman of Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust.[19][20]

Personal and family life

Smith has three children, Beatrice, Benjamin and Miranda, with her former husband Steven Edwards. She lives near Cambridge, England.

Honours and awards

Smith was made a Foundation Fellow of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, in 2008.[21]

She was made a Commander of the Order of St John in 2020.[22]


  1. "Couple give £30 million to top college". Keighley News.
  2. "Ros Smith, alumna and donor". Murray Edwards College - University of Cambridge. April 15, 2016.
  5. "Fast Track". Fast Track.
  6. "American software group buys Geneva Technology for $700m". The Telegraph.
  7. "FRIARGROVE LIMITED - Overview (free company information from Companies House)".
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Cambridge college gets a £30m donation - and a new name". the Guardian. June 17, 2008.
  9. "Oxford and Cambridge get record cash boost". The Telegraph.
  10. "Record £30 million gift provides a bright future for Cambridge College". University of Cambridge. June 17, 2008.
  11. "Cambridge college to be named after $30m donor". Mail Online.
  12. "College renamed after £30m gift". June 18, 2008 – via
  13. "Cambridge alumnae protest at plans to rename New Hall college". The Independent. August 28, 2008.
  14. McDonagh, Melanie. "Renaming New Hall, Cambridge: an act of sheer egotism" – via
  15. "New Hall". A Different Voice.
  17. "Our Advisory Panel - IntoUniversity | IntoUniversity".
  20. "New senior appointments at Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust | Cambridge Network".
  21. "A brief history". Murray Edwards College - University of Cambridge. July 30, 2015.
  22. "Order of St John".

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