Helena Morrissey Keynote Speaker

  • One of the best-known and respected financiers
  • Founder of the 30% Club, a cross-business initiative to achieve better gender-balanced UK company boards
  • Named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders

Helena Morrissey's Biography

Helena Morrissey is a financier, campaigner, author and the mother of nine. She is an inspirational leader who achieves results – in business, diversity, family life and encouraging others to succeed.

As the Evening Standard put it when reviewing her book, ‘A Good Time to Be a Girl’ (2018) – ‘What supplies extra authority is where Morrissey is coming from — someone who has reached the summit and who did so while being mother to nine children.’

Helena started her City career in New York; when she returned to London she found herself the only woman in a team of 16 fund managers and missed out on a promotion because there was some ‘doubt over her commitment with a baby’. The experience strengthened her resolve to take control of her own career, to provide for her family and to help other women.

She joined Newton Investment Management and was mentored by its founder, Stewart Newton, who taught her the power of true diversity of thought. Seven years later she was appointed the firm’s CEO: over the next 15 years, profits more than trebled and assets grew from £20bn to £50bn.  From 2017-2019, he was Head of Personal Investing for LGIM.    She is the lead non Executive Director of The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

In 2010 Helena launched the 30% Club to improve the gender balance on UK corporate boards, championed by the chairmen of those boards. Nine years later women represent over 30% FTSE 350 directors, up from less than ten percent. The UK is the only country to have achieved such progress without legislation.

There are now fourteen 30% Clubs throughout the world and the initiative has broadened to help with all career stages from schoolroom to boardroom. It includes world’s largest cross-company mentoring scheme.

Helena has been described by Fortune magazine as one of the world’s 50 Greatest Leaders and was the Financial Times Person of the Year in 2017.  In September 2020 she was created Baroness Morrissey, of Chapel Green in the Royal County of Berkshire. She is a sought-after speaker, offering an exciting vision and practical solutions for both companies and diverse talent.

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Videos of Helena Morrissey

Women of influence – Helena Morrissey – BBC London News
Women of influence – Helena Morrissey – BBC London News
Diversity at the top, gender equality and her 9 children
Diversity at the top, gender equality and her 9 children

Books by Helena Morrissey

A Good Time to be a Girl: Don’t Lean In, Change the System (2018)

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