Managing Director - UK Client Group
Investec Asset Management
David is managing director of the UK Client Group at Investec Asset Management, responsible for retail and institutional business in the UK and Ireland. David initially joined Investec Asset Management as sales director for UK & Europe in 2000.
Prior to Investec Asset Management, David worked at Gartmore Asset Management with responsibility for capital raising for their hedge fund business. Previously, David was head of institutional pooled sales in the UK and offshore areas for Fleming Investment Management.
David started his career as a Chartered Accountant after graduating from Nottingham City University with a degree in Accounting and Finance.
Head of Sales - UK & Ireland
Pictet Asset Management
Wendy Appleton joined Pictet in 2008 as Head of Strategic Partnership Sales. She was appointed Head of Sales - UK & Ireland in October 2016 covering the UK Wholesale and Retail markets.
Prior to Pictet she was Head of 3rd Party at Henderson Global Investors for three years. From 1996 to 2005 she was an Account Manager at National Provident Institution and then at Norwich Union. She started her career in 1994 at Sterling Asset Management.
Head of Distribution
Jasper joined Artemis in October 2018 as Head of Distribution, a partner and member of the Executive Committee. Jasper worked for JP Morgan Asset Management, latterly as Country Head (UK), for 20 years until March 2018. He is a member of the Financial Capability Board. He holds a BA(Hons) in History from the University of Bristol.
Beth is news editor of Investment Week where she heads up the news desk for both online and print. She has spent 13 years in the industry across various financial titles and was formerly editor of Fund Strategy. A working mum of three, Beth is passionate about increasing opportunities for women in the workplace and improving diversity in the investment industry.
Managing Director - Events
Simone is passionate about diversity, and over the past two years she has created a series of ‘Women In' awards and conferences to celebrate and recognise the achievements of women in areas where they have traditionally been massively under-represented. She truly believes putting women on the map through events like these has the power to help bring about cultural change and tackle the gender imbalance.
Association of Investment Companies (AIC)
Annabel Brodie-Smith is Communications Director at the Association of Investment Companies (AIC). Her role is varied but chiefly focuses on communicating the uses and features of investment companies to the media, opinion formers, advisers and private investors. Annabel heads up the AIC's training and information programme for advisers and wealth managers. This aims to increase awareness and understanding of investment companies through seminars, conferences and online training tools.
Prior to joining the AIC Annabel worked at Hill & Knowlton, the PR Agency, where her work included working on the winning Athens 2004 Olympic bid, before joining the AIC in November 1997. After obtaining a B.A in Geography from LSE/King's College, and an M.A from Syracuse University in New York, Annabel went on to obtain a postgraduate diploma in public and media relations from the University of Wales.
Originally from Lancashire, Matt was the first in his family to go to university and holds a BA honours degree in Medieval and Modern History from the University of Birmingham. Matt founded LGBT Great in 2017 with the vision to create a global investment and savings industry which supports and promotes LGBT+ talent and society. Since inception LGBT Great has kick started LGBT+ inclusion within the sector and has developed into a specialist membership organisation. His team creates and delivers innovative education, visibility and outreach programmes and has also developed a technology tool called the Investment Industry Benchmark Tracker, known as the iiBT. This helps firms to track and measure LGBT+ organisational inclusion maturity. Matt is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Ocean Partnership, a firm which specialises in helping firms to understand, attract and engage diverse talent. In 2017 he also became an active ambassador of the Diversity Project and sits on the group's Steering Committee.
HSBC Global Asset Management UK
Andy was named as Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Global Asset Management (UK) in January 2013. Having started his career stockbroking at Barclays de Zoete Wedd, Andy moved into mutual funds with Henderson before joining HSBC Asset Management for the first time in 1995. He then became Sales Director at Fidelity in 1998. After four years an opportunity arose to launch DWS Investments (a Deutsche Bank subsidiary) into the UK Retail Market. The business was successful and eventually sold to Aberdeen in 2005. Andy returned to HSBC as Head of UK Retail and in 2008 was given additional responsibility for wholesale distribution in the MENA region. In 2011 he became Regional Head of Wholesale, EMEA. In 2013 Andy was made CEO of the UK Asset Management.
Head of Inclusion & Culture
Legal & General Investment Management
Colette joined LGIM in 2018 from M&G Investments where she spent nearly a decade working to create and maintain a balanced workforce. During her tenure, she helped grow and implement M&G's Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy addressing gender, ethnicity, nationality, LGBT, cultural diversity, social backgrounds and mental health/wellbeing. During her career, she also held senior roles in employer brand, talent attraction and retention, delivering innovative solutions to ensure a diverse candidate pipeline.
Colette is responsible for driving the evolution and continuous improvement of LGIM's culture, as well as LGIM's diversity and inclusion objectives. Colette works closely with the executive team, LGIM's diversity and inclusion team (LEGIT), and Legal & General's Group Diversity and Inclusion team.
Colette is a member of the Diversity Project's Steering Group - an initiative which aims to accelerate progress towards an inclusive culture and achieve diversity across all dimensions in the investment profession, and an LGBT Great Role Model.
Caroline Connellan has more than 20 years' experience in financial services. Before joining Brooks Macdonald she was Head of UK Premier and Wealth at HSBC where she led the transformation of the UK Wealth business. Prior to this she held a number of senior corporate roles, including Group Strategy Director at Standard Life, and had extensive experience in the wealth and asset management sector as a consultant at McKinsey. Caroline started her career as a Fund Manager with Newton Investment Management in London.
Chief People Officer
Heather has a wealth of experience developing and implementing people management strategies in high performing businesses and has a passion for learning and development.
An executive coach and developer of high performing teams, Heather is responsible for leading the people strategy at Hargreaves Lansdown (HL), focusing on attracting, developing and retaining talented people, as an employer of choice.
Heather is also responsible for the development of the Group's culture, corporate responsibility and succession strategies.
After starting her career with Marks and Spencer, Heather has held a number of senior appointments at Deloitte in both HR Leadership and HR consultancy and prior to joining Hargreaves Lansdown led a Talent Development Consultancy delivering talent strategies to clients across the UK and Europe. Heather joined HL in 2015 and became a Director in 2018.
Louise is a partner at Camarco, a firm she founded with three others in 2014. She has over 25 years' of media and communications experience specialising in asset management, pensions and wealth management. She started her career working in-house at a specialist pension firm before moving into agency life and has never looked back. She has developed a network of top tier business and financial contacts, running critically acclaimed campaigns and on-going public relations programmes for a wide range of clients. Louise is exceptionally passionate about the financial services sector and believes in nurturing talented individuals. She runs an informal mentoring programme for those looking to come into the sector as well as those looking to develop their careers.
Head of Corporate Communications & Shareholder Relations
Hermes Investment Management
Jeannie Dumas is Head of Corporate Communications & Shareholder Relations for Hermes Investment Management. Since joining in 2011, she has played in an integral role in transforming Hermes into a highly regarded investment brand, synonymous with high performance asset management, delivered with long-term societal outcomes in mind. The team has won a range of accolades, including Headlinemoney press team of the year and Investment Week CSR Campaign of the Year. Jeannie joined Hermes from Citigroup, where she was a Senior Press Officer for EMEA, responsible for equities, research and transaction services PR. Prior to joining Citigroup, Jeannie was worked at financial services PR agency Penrose Financial between 2005-2008. Her career in communications began in 2003 whilst working for a US Senator as a Legislative Adviser, where she also took on the role of Press Secretary. Jeannie graduated with a degree in Law and Economics from Franklin & Marshall, in Lancaster PA, and is an alumni of Oxford University's Said Business School.
Head of Multi-Manager Research
Isabel leads our multi-manager research team who are responsible for researching, rating and recommending external managers for a range of Aviva and Aviva Investors clients and products. Isabel is a champion of ESG integration and is responsible for driving the integration of environmental, social and governance factors into the research process.
Isabel has extensive experience of fund research and the development of appropriate systems and processes for multi-manager investing. She played a central role in the development of Standard Life Investment's multi-manager proposition in 2010 and the establishment of Standard Life Wealth in 2008. Prior to this, she worked at ABN Amro Private Bank on the discretionary portfolio management team and at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, an SRI consultancy.
Isabel has an MSc (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and a BSc (Hons) from Durham University. Isabel holds the IMC and is a CAIA charter holder.
Head of UK Channel Marketing
Legg Mason Global Asset Management
Nambia Ferguson is Head of UK Channel Marketing for Legg Mason Global Asset Management. She is responsible for developing and leading the marketing strategy and delivering tactical and strategic marketing initiatives for the distribution function across the UK. She is also responsible for driving the client experience in the Nordics region.
Her career in marketing began in 1998 and she has a wealth of experience in marketing roles across a variety of industries. Nambia holds a BSc (Hons) in Biology from University College London.
Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association (PIMFA)
Liz joined PIMFA, formerly the Wealth Management Association (WMA), as Chief Executive in 2014.
She has 27 years financial services experience, 17 of which as a successful Chief Executive. She successfully transformed and advised several businesses through redefining strategy, rebranding, change management and inspirational leadership, creating profitable businesses.
She has substantive experience of people and cultural risk, regulatory knowhow across the industry - banking, insurance and wealth management and providing the best practice guidelines for the industry to adopt to manage risk.
She is an accredited coach and industry leader encouraging collaborative participation of diverse groups of industry experts to address sector challenges and to leverage industry resources.
Liz holds a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Occupational Psychology from Birkbeck.
Global Head of Client Management
Investec Asset Management
Charlotte is Global Head of Client Management at Investec Asset Management responsible for driving the client experience and helping to define and co-ordinate the Client Management agenda globally across advisor and institutional. She is also UK Business Director, driving the strategy for the UK and looking after key strategic clients.
She joined 2011, having previously worked at J.P. Morgan Asset Management from 2004-2011 as Head of Business Strategy for the UK business and before that as Head of European marketing.
Prior to this, Charlotte worked in advertising at McCann Erickson Worldwide as Head of McCann Financial Europe. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Bristol University.
CFA Society UK
Will is chief executive of the CFA Society of the UK (CFA UK). CFA UK represents the interests of more than 12,000 members of the UK investment profession. The society is one of the largest member societies of CFA Institute and is committed to leading the development of the investment profession through the promotion of the highest ethical and technical standards. Will leads much of the society's advocacy and engagement work and authored its 2016 report on the 'Value of the Investment Profession'. He has contributed to the development of CFA UK's Gender Diversity Partner Programme, is a member of the Diversity Project's steering committee and is currently involved in work to provide advice to government on the development of the social impact investment market. Will joined the society in December 2006 from Euromoney Institutional Investor plc. He is an affiliate member of CFA Institute and CFA UK.
Corporate Affairs Director
Jane is responsible for Quilter's corporate affairs function which encompasses external communications, stakeholder engagement, public affairs, responsible business, reputation risk management and the Quilter Foundation.
Head of Fund Research
Ben Gutteridge has worked at Brewin for 16 years having been appointed as Head of Fund Research in 2010. Responsibilities include oversight for all Research led collective recommendations, as well as guiding Investment Managers and MPS upon fund selection. Ben sits on the Brewin Asset Allocation Committee and is a regular commentator on investment matters both in the written press and television. Ben is also co-host of the multi-award winning Brewin Podcast. Qualifications include a degree in Mathematics from Loughborough University, the Securities Institute Diploma and the CFA Charterholder.
Board Adviser, Non Executive Director
Chartered Institute of Marketing qualified and digital marketing certified, with over 30 years experience in Financial Services, covering business and distribution strategy, proposition development and associated go-to-market activities. Joanna's passion is to help companies get closer to their customers, demonstrate their value and make it easier for them to do business. Now pursuing a portfolio career as a Non Executive Director, Business Consultant and Board Adviser.
Prior to her portfolio career, Joanna was Head of UK Financial Services at North Highland, a global consultancy firm specialising in customer experience and digital transformation. Previously, she worked in industry for Fidelity and eValue, a market leading digital provider of personal finance products and services. She has also worked for a number of Consulting firms, including KPMG, EY, Bacon & Woodrow (now Deloitte) and Tillinghast Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson).
SQN Asset Management Ltd
Dawn Kendall is the Managing Director of SQN Asset Management Ltd, the UK manager of the SQN Secured Income Fund. She is also co-founder of Herschel Advisory Limited, a specialist consultancy for the finance industry.
Previously, Dawn was a Partner, Portfolio Manager and Member of the Executive Committee at TwentyFour Asset Management. She started her career at SG Warburg (now UBS) and has since held senior investment and management positions at Newton, Axa (Architas), and Investec Wealth. Her primary specialism is fixed income with an extensive background in investment trusts, structured finance, product development, marketing, risk, derivatives and hedge funds. She has a degree in Law and an MBA. She is an adviser to CityHive, the diversity network for the finance industry and member of the Guild of International Bankers.
Editor and Head of Content
Research in Finance
Natalie Kenway is Editor and Head of Content at Research in Finance. She was acting editor of Investment Week. She first joined the publication in 2005 as junior reporter before working her way up to an editing role. She has a particular passion for covering diversity-related topics.
Chief Strategist and Co-founder
Mandy joined City Hive in August 2018. City Hive strive for change in the asset management industry, we advocate for diversity, support with our network and provide the means for investment to meet its potential.
As Director of Reporting, Assessment and Accountability at PRI, Mandy ensures that institutional investors in more than 50 countries are able to effectively disclose their incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in their investment beliefs, strategy and decision making. She has designed and implemented an innovative framework for service providers to report their ESG approach.
Mandy liaises with global reporting and standard-setting bodies to support reform and improve the quality of transparency and disclosure. Previously, as Associate Director at the Maplecroft consultancy, she led research projects for clients in developed and emerging markets, advising on risk management and sustainability issues. She supports a number of London community and charitable initiatives.
Partner and Head of Alternatives
Meena is a Partner and Head of Alternatives at LGT Vestra. She is a key member of the Investment Committee and product selection committees, as well as advising the Institutional team. Meena has had a 20 year career in financial services at firms including Russell, GLG & Atlas Capital. She has a PhD in Operations Research.
Special Projects Editor
Lauren Mason has been special projects editor at Investment Week since September 2018. Prior to this, she was the in-house investment writer for Chelsea Financial Services. Lauren started her journalism career at investment analysis website FE Trustnet.
Mearns & Company
Margaret Mearns has over 40 years of experience in financial services, and is passionate about both client care and encouraging professional learning and development. Margaret formed the Edinburgh based Chartered Financial Planning firm Mearns & Company in 1994, and has grown the company from a team of three to its current size of 33. Margaret is currently Chairman of the board of Mearns & Company, having stepped back from day to day involvement in December 2018. Mearns & Company has achieved multiple awards and accreditations - including the Gold Standard for Independent Financial Advice nine times, and Investors in People Platinum.
Margaret is an Associate of the Personal Finance Society and an Associate of the Institute of Financial Planning. She is also a member of the Society of Estate Practitioners, holding the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners' Diploma (Scotland).
Margaret is also a Director of Scottish FinTech firm Lightbox Reward, a company which offers employers an employee engagement technology solution in the form of an online employee benefits communication and flexible benefits selection tool.
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Carolanne joined UBS in February 2016 as the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, for UBS. Prior to joining UBS she spent 29 years at Citi and has an extensive background in senior HR leadership positions including Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Talent Management and Employee Relations.
Carolanne is an experienced Coach and qualified Mediator. Passionate about working with leaders to drive real change on the Inclusion agenda she is focused on fixing the 'system' rather than fixing the 'women' (or any other under-represented group!) She has a proven track record of creating impact.
At UBS, Carolanne has been driving a cultural change agenda to support the Boards objectives to have a greater number of Women in Senior Leadership roles. With a pragmatic approach underpinned by metrics, UBS is seeing genuine change that is delivering positive outcomes for employees, clients, investors and other stakeholders. Her body of work has been broad but 3 highlights; a) embedded management accountability for progress in every line of business, b) launched a global returner programme Career Comeback that brings people back into the industry after a period of career break, c) lead and authored a Global Study looking at the root causes leading to senior Female Attrition producing some myth-busting findings that are helping UBS rethink retention strategies.
She is a member of the Womens Leadership Board at the Women and Public Policy unit at Harvard Kennedy School, a Chartered Fellow of the British Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and has been recognised by Women in Banking and Finance with Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Fund Manager and Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds
Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM)
Justin is a fund manager and Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). He is a CFA Charterholder sitting within a wider investment team that manages over £50 billion for pension funds and savers across the world.
Throughout his career Justin has been active in joining and contributing to diversity and inclusion initiatives at the companies in which he has worked. He currently co-chairs Legal & General Inclusion Team (LEGIT) for LGIM, which has contributed to making change in five key areas within the investment area: recruitment and retention (including mentoring), culture/cognitive diversity, agile working, barriers to diversity and inclusion and understanding the business risks stemming from a lack of diversity. He is also a member of the diversity and inclusion team at group level (L&G) and an adviser to the board of City Hive Ltd, which focuses on driving diversity initiatives throughout the asset management industry. City Hive Ltd focuses on all types of diversity, including gender and ethnicity. Finally, Justin plays an integral part in the movement #talkaboutblack, which is dedicated to discussing the issues affecting today's people of colour.
Founder of HT Financial Marketing
Diversity Project Judge
In 2013, Linda founded a marketing company specialising in marketing services for the investment industry. Working with Investment consultants, investment managers, independent trustees and other clients to achieve their business growth objectives.
Linda is the marketing lead and is on the Steering Committee for the Diversity Project, an initiative that accelerates progress towards an inclusive culture and achieve diversity across the investment profession. Last year she was appointed a Trustee for the Diversity Project Charity.
Linda was Global Head of Marketing for Mercer Investments, and worked at Mercer for 13 years having worked her way up from starting as a website temp.
She obtained her International Baccalaureate at a co-ed international school in Hilversum in the Netherlands before studying Economics and Law at Durham University, and is the first person in her immediate family to attend university.
Head of Research
Elizabeth Savage is Head of Research and joined Rathbones in 2005. She is responsible for overseeing the research team and the development and delivery of the investment process including recommendations made by the investment committees she is also a member of Rathbones' Investment Executive Committee. Elizabeth previously worked at Progressive Alternative Investments, a fund of hedge funds, where she was a hedge fund analyst. Elizabeth graduated from Newcastle University and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.
Founder & CEO
City Hive – Women in Asset and Investment Management
Bhavini ‘Bev' Shah, is the Founder and CEO of City Hive, the only professional network dedicated to uniting, supporting and championing women at all levels of asset and investment management. Prior to setting up City Hive she clocked up over fifteen years' in the City at some of the world's largest financial institutions - Aviva, Aviva Investors, Merchant Securities (now part of San Lam UK), HSBC, Bear Stearns & Lehman Brothers. She has extensive multi-asset multi-manager investment and governance experience as a portfolio manager and research analyst with a 360-degree understanding off the industry having held positions on both sides of the fence (platform, asset manager and private client investment manager). She holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Accountancy from City University (CASS) and is an Advisory Board Member of the Association of Professional Fund Investors (APFI). As a British-Indian dyslexic woman, Bev's strength is diversity.
Senior Global Investment Strategist
Principal Global Investors
Seema is Senior Global Investment Strategist at Principal Global Investors. Based in London, she oversees global market strategy and advises investment staff across the firm in making economically sound asset allocation calls. She is responsible for the creation of global economic macro and secular event research, closely monitoring global central bank policy and political developments. Seema is a regular participant in conferences and forums speaking about global macro market issues. She is frequently quoted by the financial news media and appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. Seema joined the firm in 2010, previously working as a strategist within Principal Global Fixed Income. Prior to joining Principal, Seema served as an economist at Capital Economics. She also worked with the macro consulting group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as an economist at HM Treasury. She received a master's degree and bachelor's degree with honours in economics from the London School of Economics.
Ebru Smith Consultancy
Ebru Smith worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years starting her career as an analyst & reporter at Bloomberg when they first launched their offices in London. She briefly worked as an Economic Assistant at the British Embassy in Ankara, followed by her role as a Client Services Manager at Schroders working with institutional pension funds. For 10 years she worked at Reliance Mutual Insurance Society managing a £450mn UK Equity Fund as well as co-managing the Society's other funds including their Life & Pension Funds. She worked as a buy-side analyst at Duncan Lawrie Private Banking helping the team set up tailored portfolios using her skills in portfolio construction and asset allocation. She was appointed Director at Brewin Dolphin, charged with managing their £550mn AUM as Head of Portfolio Management. She decided to start up her own company in 2018; Ebru Smith Consultancy Limited, to make better use of her multi-skills and give something back to the industry as an analyst, trainer, mentor & marketing consultant at Denny Ellison and as an investment consultant for Incisive Media.
With a 33 year career in Investment Management, Sarah's role has evolved from managing a client base in the Brewin Dolphin Marlborough office to becoming the first female executive director to sit on their Board. Sarah was the Head of Investment Management at JM Finn; and is a Board member of the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association and on the Council of the Institute Of Directors where she is a member of the Nominations Committee and Chairman of the Constitutional Reform Committee and also chairs the Marie Curie Spring Arts Committee.
Karis Stander is the Managing Director for Investment20/20, which promotes career opportunities, typically starting with a one-year trainee programme, in the investment management sector to students. During her 3 years as MD, Invesmtent20/20 has reached out to 3,500 schools, colleges and universities in the UK. This is many more than any of its 35 employer partners could access on their own, and it is helping them meet their long term diversity objectives. In 2016 Investment20/20 won the Investment week Investment Marketing and Innovation Award.
Karis's own career comprises 6 years managing business development in the Talent & Careers Direction Service at the Financial & Legal Skills Partnership; 5 years at the Financial Services Authority (now FCA) specialising in learning, development and training; and, 3 years managing qualifications for the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). She moved to London in 2000 from her native South Africa where she read history and psychology at the University of Cape Town. She is married with two children.
Head of Fund Research
Investec Wealth & Investment
Andrew is responsible for the team that covers collectives research, incorporating the firm's UK and international businesses. He is also involved in asset allocation and portfolio management for a number of Investec Wealth & Investment's business units.
After graduating from Oxford University, Andrew spent nine years at Goldman Sachs, latterly in the firm's offshore fund product development team. He joined Investec in 2006 as a product specialist before becoming Head of Fund Research in 2007.
Andrew is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.
Head of UK Wholesale
Mirabaud Asset Management
Selina joined Mirabaud Asset Management in November 2018 as Head of UK Wholesale. She leads the firm's coverage of wealth managers, fund of funds and financial institutions in the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining Mirabaud, she was Director - UK Wholesale for Hermes Investment Management, for six years, and also worked at Man GLG for five years through 2012, covering Global Banking relationships. Selina has over 15 years of experience within financial services, fulfilling client service, relationship management and sales roles. She is a holder of the Investment Management Certificate and is a winner of the WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award in Sales in 2017.
Global Head of Client Propositions & Client Experience
HSBC Global Asset Management
Ozge Usta is the Global Head of Client Propositions & Client Experience at HSBC Global Asset Management. She is responsible for proposition development and delivery, as well as product marketing globally, for all asset classes and all client groups. With over 18 years of banking experience, Ozge has held a number of positions, predominantly across Asset Management and Retail banking in both emerging and developed markets. Ozge started her career as a graduate trainee at Denizbank (a Turkish commercial bank) in Istanbul, looking after Financial Institutions relationships, covering Southern Europe. In 2002, she moved to HSBC Turkey in the wealth management propositions team. Ozge moved to HSBC Global Asset Management in London in 2006, taking a global leadership role in 2013.