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Helena Morrissey

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One of the best-known women in UK financial sector

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 is responsible for LGIM’s Personal Investing business. Helena joined LGIM in 2017 from Newton where she held the title of CEO for fifteen years, before becoming non-executive Chairman. During her tenure, Newton’s assets under management grew from £20 billion to £50 billion, and under her leadership the firm developed a number of market-leading strategies in absolute return, equity income and global equities.  Prior to becoming CEO she was a Head of Fixed Income at Newton. She started her career as a global fixed income analyst at Schroders in New York.

Helena founded the 30% Club in 2010, a cross-business initiative aimed at achieving better gender balanced boards through voluntary, business-led change. The proportion of women on UK company boards more than doubled over the following five years and there are now eleven 30% Clubs throughout the world. Helena was Chair of the Investment Association from 2014 – May 2017 and is a member of the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board. Helena was recognised by Fortune Magazine as one of the ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ in 2015 and as the Financial Times ‘Person of the Year’ in 2017 at its Boldness in Business Awards.

Helena graduated from Cambridge University and holds Honorary Doctorates from Cranfield, Queen’s Belfast, Essex and Cambridge Universities. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List.

A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career with Schroders in New York. Helena is married to a Buddhist meditation teacher and they have nine children, six girls and three boys whose ages range from 7 to 24.

Her acclaimed book, A Good Time to be a Girl: Don’t lean in, change the system, was published earlier this year by HarperCollins.

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