Dame Helena Morrissey
A fixed income fund manager by background, Helena was CEO of Newton Investment Management for fifteen years, taking its assets under management from £20bn to £50bn. She then moved to Legal & General, the UK’s first £1trn fund management firm, leading its personal investing business. She is now a Director of St James’s Place. Helena is well known for her work on inclusion and diversity. In 2010, she founded the 30% Club, a business-led campaign for gender-balanced boards. Since then, the representation of women on FTSE350 boards has risen from less than 10% to over 30%. There are now fourteen 30% Clubs throughout the world. Helena chairs the investment industry’s Diversity Project.
Helena has been named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, the Financial Times’ 2017 ‘Person of the Year’ and recognised for her ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business’ at Lloyds Bank 2018 National Business Awards. She was appointed a Dame in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list.
Helena is a Philosophy graduate. Her husband Richard is a stay at home father and they have nine children, six girls and three boys aged from 10 to 28 and two grandchildren. Her first book ‘A Good Time to be a Girl’ was named one of Forbes’ five most empowering books for women in 2018.