Helena Morrissey DBE
Financier, campaigner and author
Helena Morrissey is one of the best-known woman leaders in the City, having served as CEO of Newton Investment Management for fifteen years. She is the author of A Good Time to be a Girl a call to build on existing achievements to drive towards a truly inclusive and equal society. She is also founder of the 30% Club which campaigns for equality in the boardroom and champions equal opportunities for women in business.
Before joining Newton, Helena started her career with asset management firm Schroder’s in New York. She returned to London with Newton, working as a fund manager before being appointed CEO, during which time she oversaw a doubling of their asset portfolio.
Helena draws on experiences from throughout her career to talk about the financial sector, gender equality, and change. Witness to the lack of women in boardrooms for many years, Helena founded the 30% Club in 2010, based on research that minority groups will only be heard once their voices represent at least one-third of those in the room. Since the Club’s inception, the number of women on the boards of FTSE 100 companies has doubled, and Helena has become a prominent voice in combating gender imbalance in the corporate world. The 30% Club has expanded globally, with branches across Asia, Africa, and the Americas, and has incorporated schools in an attempt to improve gender balance “from schoolroom to boardroom”.
Twice named by Bloomberg as one of the 50 most influential people in global finance, Helena’s influence has spread beyond finance and the City and she was also listed by Fortune magazine as one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders. As well as regularly contributing to print and broadcast media on women in business and gender equality more widely, she has been a guest editor on Radio 4’s Today programme.