head of personal investing, Legal and General Investment Management; chair, Diversity Project; ambassador, Eve Appeal; author, A Good Time to be a Girl, How to succeed in a Changing Time
Helena is well known in the City, particularly for her work on gender equality. She was CEO of Newton Investment Management for fifteen years and has recently joined Legal and General Investment Management to build a new personal investing business for the company.
In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a business-led campaign to improve gender balance in the boardroom. The proportion of female directors on UK listed company boards has since more than doubled and there are now ten 30% Clubs throughout the world. Helena now chairs the Diversity Project, a cross-business initiative aimed at improving diversity across all dimensions within the UK investment and savings profession.
Helena is an ambassador for the Eve Appeal, a charity funding innovative research into gynaecological cancers and a member of the Institute of Public Policy Research’s Commission on Economic Justice. She has been named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and the Financial Times’ 2017 ‘Person of the Year’ at the paper’s Boldness in Business annual awards. She was appointed a Dame in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list.
Helena is a philosophy graduate. She is married to a Buddhist priest and they have nine children. Her first book A Good Time to be a Girl, How to Succeed in a Changing Time will be published by William Collins in early 2018.
Follow Helena on Twitter @MorrisseyHelena.
Saturday 28 October, 10:00 Pit Theatre
Women versus feminism: do we all need liberating from the gender wars?