Membership Directory - Individual

Jane Welsh



I am an independent consultant and founder member of and board member for, the Diversity Project, an industry-wide initiative to help create a more inclusive culture in the investment industry. Throughout my career, I have been a strong advocate for diversity both because of my belief that diverse teams make better decisions but also my sense that we need to level the playing field for all talent to flourish and encourage work cultures that allow people to be themselves. I have seen first-hand how members of the LGBT+ community may feel reluctant to be open about their sexual orientation in the work environment and I want to encourage cultures where everyone feels able to bring their whole selves to work. In particular, we need more visible role models and I am proud to be able to support the goals of LGBT Great.

I began my investment career in 1982 at London Business School before moving to Russell in 1984 as their first full-time manager researcher. I moved to Watsons (now Willis Towers Watson) in 1992 to advise institutional investors on strategy, portfolio construction, manager selection and monitoring. I later specialised in researching global equity managers, private equity and infrastructure investments and led the indexation research team. I was on the executive committee for the investment consulting business until leaving in February 2017. Recent roles included oversight of the firm's inclusion and diversity initiatives and its leadership development programme which included a focus on inclusion.

I have an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the Queen's College Oxford, an MSc in Economics (with distinction) from the London Business School (now known as an MBA) and an MSc in People and Organisational Development from the University of Sussex (Roffey Park Institute). As part of the latter, I investigated the case for and challenges around diversity in teams.
I am proud to support Project 1000 because I believe in the value of active and visible allyship in creating safe spaces for everyone to feel able to be themselves and to be supported.
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