Role Models

A role model is a person who serves as an example by influencing and inspiring others. Our LGBT Great Role Models are LGBT+ and, or Ally individuals who are working in, or with the investments industry. Our aim is to develop visibility of LGBT+ and Allies who are already there!

Charlotte Pope-Williams

Charlotte was called to the Bar in 2011 and has worked as an Employed Barrister in the Bank of England’s Legal Directorate since February 2014.  Charlotte’s current role involves providing high calibre legal advice and support to policy,…

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Geff Parsons

Geff has almost a quarter of a century of experience in investment banking, based variously in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Amsterdam.  He joined Macquarie’s Commodities & Global Markets division in 2013 as a Managing Director, and…

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Robert Broadwell

Robert Broadwell joined MSCI in April 2017 as an Executive Director, Index Client Coverage Group, with a focus on strategic accounts and ESG Indexes.  Robert has over 20 years of experience in the asset management and index provider ecosystems, specializing…

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Patricia Schuetz

Patricia joined Pictet Asset Management in 2014 as a Senior Client Portfolio Manager, bringing more than 25 years' experience at both buy-side and sell-side firms to her role. She focuses on global bond and absolute return fixed income strategies…

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Scott Allen

Scott is a corporate lawyer with extensive experience in the listed financial services sector. He is a FinTech enthusiast, a chartered company secretary and a diversity & inclusion advocate, mentor and network contributor. Presently Scott is a senior…

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Richard Bradley

Richard is the Compliance Manager for Cave & Sons in Northampton, and oversee all the firms regulatory compliance, and he  has  been at Cave & Sons  since October 2015. Established in 1906, Cave & Sons is an independent company…

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Anthony Guinot

Anthony is Global Head of the Enterprise Risk Business Partners at Janus Henderson Investors; he supports the business in identifying and managing strategic and operational risks across key business processes. He is also a member of the EMEA Diversity…

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Andrew Lennox

Andrew joined Hermes in April 2018 with 18 years of previous experience working in financial services, of which 13 years was managing structured finance as a portfolio manager. In his role as asset-backed-securities portfolio manager, he is responsible…

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David Parton

David joined the Investment Association (IA), the investment management trade body, as a Communications Executive in the summer of 2018. Part of his motivation to begin a career at the IA was the IA’s work to mark Pride in London 2018: through its…

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Claire Skinner

Claire is Head of UK Fiduciary Content and Delivery at Mercer.  Claire was appointed Global Co-Chair of the Mercer LGBT+ Business Resource Group (Mercer Pride) at the end of 2017, reflecting her visibility in the UK in promoting LGBT+ equality. She…

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Seamus Kearney

Seamus is Second Vice President in the OTC Middle Office group at Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services, Dublin, Ireland. He is currently chair of Northern Trust’s LGBT & Allies Business Resource Council in Ireland. Seamus previously worked at…

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Bradlee Lewis

Bradlee has been at Northern Trust for 10 years and has held various roles within the bank. He currently is in the position of a Fund Accounting Training Consultant, studying for his CIPD. Bradlee is also the chair of the LGBTA business…

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Cameron Falconer

Cameron is a Multi-Manager Research Analyst at Aviva Investors. He is currently responsible for external fund research and selection in the areas of US, Emerging Markets and Asian Equities as well as Global Bonds. Prior to this role, he spent eight years…

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Noel Gavin

Noel Gavin joined Northern Trust in 2006, based in their Limerick office, he is a Senior Vice President and leads Corporate & Institutional Global Learning group, with responsibility for delivering learning and development programs for over 9000 employees…

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Declan Halton-Woodward

Declan is a multi-award winning executive assistant having won the Private Individual PA of the Year and London PA of the Year Runner-up awards at the London PA Awards 2017. He currently works as EA to the CEO of Handelsbanken Wealth Management &…

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Emily Walch

My name is Emily and I am the Corporate Affairs Director of the Investment Association (IA), the trade body that represents the UK investment management industry. I sit on the Executive Committee and in my role, I have overall responsibility for helping…

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Chris Cummings

My name is Chris Cummings and I am the CEO of the Investment Association, the industry’s trade body.  It’s my job to represent our industry to regulators, policymakers, in the media and to promote the industry at home and around the world. …

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Martin Stead

Martin’s background is in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), working for Procter & Gamble (P&G) in the UK, Switzerland, and the US. In his time at P&G, he ran the Ariel detergent business and launched Oral-B toothpaste. He then joined…

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Shelley Tiltman

Shelley joined AXA Investment Managers in February 2018 as part of their talent development team.  Her key responsibilities are to drive diversity, inclusion and wellbeing initiatives across the global business.  Shelley has always been openly…

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Josh Breeze

Josh joined Newton Investment Management, part of BNY Mellon Investment Management, in 2016 as an IT Support Analyst supporting the commercial and middle office business functions. His responsibilities include CRM, website pricing and client portal systems.…

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Sam Rooke

Sam Rooke is a Governance and Sustainability Analyst at Baillie Gifford, a role which involves researching and engaging with companies on their governance and sustainability practices as well as conducting proxy voting on behalf of our clients. Following…

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Sarah Nottle

Sarah joined Janus Henderson Investors as a graduate in 2017, through the Investment 20/20 scheme which champions diversity and inclusion in the Investment Management Industry. She now works as a Regulatory Reporting Executive within Janus Henderson,…

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Julien Haye

Julien Haye has joined Fidelity International (FIL) in July 2017 as Global Head of Operational Risk in London and as over 20 years’ experience in the Financial industry. He is also Global LGBT+ Lead for FIL. Julien joined from DWS, where his most…

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John Bolton

John is Head of Strategic Content and Investment Insights at Allianz Global Investors, responsible for communicating the firm’s knowledge and expertise to clients and other audiences. He’s a member of an LGBT+ workstream at AllianzGI. Set…

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Alexander Ross- Parkinson

Alex is responsible for Schroders key intermediary clients and global financial institutions in London. He is also Co-Chair of Schroders’ LGBT Group – SchOUT. Alex joined Schroders in 2002 as an investment analyst and in October 2004 assumed…

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Paul Scaping

Paul Scaping is Senior Government Affairs Manager at the Investment Association (IA), the trade body for the UK-based asset management industry. He began his career in 2008 working for the Liberal Democrats as a parliamentary researcher for the party’s…

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Alan Mason

Alan Mason, Managing Director, is Head of Americas Portfolio Engineering for the ETF and Index Investments business. Mr. Mason's investment team is responsible for Index Equity, iShares Equity, Alternative Beta and Asset Allocation portfolios. Mr.…

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Tim Davies

Originally from Canada, Tim Davies, Wealth Manager at AAG has spent the last ten years helping families and medical professionals plan for their financial futures. Tim’s earlier career saw him managing government and indigenous community affairs…

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Catherine Drummond

Cat is qualified actuary and a partner in LCP’s insurance practice.  She has over a decade of consulting experience and helps her clients understand and manage their insurance risks better.  Her particular fields of expertise are Solvency…

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Daniel Jacobson

Daniel has been in the pension industry for the whole of his career and joined LCP as a Senior Consultant in 2015.  He works closely with Trustee boards helping them to make effective and informed decisions and helping them ensure that they adopt…

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Francesca Bailey

Fran is a Chartered Accountant and joined Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP), as a Covenant Services Consultant in 2017. Alongside her day to day advisory role, she is also the Co-Chair and Founder of LCP’s LGBT+ network, which was set up in early…

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Silas Spencer

Silas Spencer has been working in the Fintech sector since moving to London in 1996. With degrees in Languages and Political Economy, he put his background to work as a Sales and Account Manager at Bloomberg, and now as a Client Relationship Manager at…

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Deon Pillay

Alongside his role as Head of Fund Reporting and Regulatory change at Legal and General Investment Management, Deon is chair of the LGBT+ Allies network which represent and brings together their LGBT community and allies. Arriving in London via South…

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Donald Amstad

Donald is based in Singapore and is the APAC Chief Operating Officer for Distribution & Investment Specialists at Standard Life Aberdeen. He has over 30 years’ experience in fixed income markets and has lived in Asia for almost 20 years. Donald…

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Darren Humphreys

Darren is an experienced strategic and creative marketing professional with extensive expertise within the investment industry. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is proud to say that he did not go to university! Darren has worked…

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Mark McNulty

Mark moved to London from his hometown of Dublin in 2013.  When Ireland became the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote Mark was delighted to marry his partner of 14 years in 2016.     During…

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Anders Jacobsen

Anders Jacobsen is a founder of LGBT Capital, the first specialist Investment firm focused on the LGBT sector, and pioneer of a ground-breaking investment based methodology for screening and rating companies from an LGBT friendliness and effective inclusion…

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Alex Midha

Alex Midha is a Private Banker Coutts Alex joined Coutts in 2011, after graduating with both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in French from the University of Oxford. As a Private Banker, Alex now specialises in meeting the financial needs of some…

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Scott Harris

BlackRock, EMEA Retail Business Manager Scott Harris, Vice President, leads the EMEA Retail Sales Management function and is Chief of Staff to the Head of EMEA Retail. Scott is responsible for driving connectivity and effectiveness across the EMEA Retail…

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Martin Parkes

BlackRock, Managing Director Global Public Policy Group Martin Parkes, Managing Director, is a member of BlackRock's Global Public Policy Group based in London. Martin is responsible for engaging with policy makers and BlackRock’s clients on…

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson is the founder of LGBT Capital, the first specialist Investment firm focused on the LGBT sector. Paul is also Chairman of Equality Wealth, the first International Wealth management specialist serving the LGBT Community. Paul has a career…

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Colette Comerford

Colette is Head of Inclusion & Culture at Legal & General Investment Management. Colette is an openly gay woman and passionate about people, diversity, equality and inclusion. Colette is aware of the challenges faced by the LGBT community in society…

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Lesley Martin

Lesley is a Diversity and Inclusion professional with experience in both the manufacturing, telecoms and financial services sector. Lesley recently worked with LGBT Great to launch L&G's LGBT network L&GBT. Initially a talent specialist Lesley…

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Rafael Campos Valdez

Rafael is a Diversity and Inclusion professional with experience in both the charity and financial services sector. He was listed in the Economists’ Top 50 Diversity Professionals, has been shortlisted in the British LGBT Awards for the Corporate…

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Pierre-Yves S. Rahari

Pierre-Yves S. Rahari is the co-Founder of AlgoMe Consulting, a London-based consultancy firm specializing in the asset management sector. AlgoMe Consulting helps asset management firms and service providers navigate the key challenges related to strategic…

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Emma Cusdin

Emma Cusdin has over 20 years experience in Human Resources having worked for global financial services organizations. She is currently a People Director with Aviva and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Emma is an…

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Julian Washington

Julian is Head of Client Insight for RBC’s international wealth management business. Starting his career after reading law at Cambridge, Julian qualified as a solicitor in 1993. He practised law, first with Charles Russell and latterly with Forsters…

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Karol Zuchowski

Karol is an Assistant Fund Manager at Legal & General Investment Management. He is a co-founder of L&GBT – the LGBT network at Legal & General. Previously Karol worked at Fidelity International and Amazon.com. Karol is interested in…

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Jonathan McClelland

Jonathan is General Counsel at M&G Investments, the UK and European investment arm of Prudential PLC where, as a member of its Executive Committee, has global management responsibility for its Legal and Company Secretariat function. In 2014, Jonathan…

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LGBT Great – 1 Year Birthday Event #getinspired

LGBT Great – 1 Year Birthday Event #getinspired Macquarie Investment Management, Ropemaker Place,…

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IA Event: ‘Bringing our whole selves to work’: a panel discussion on the LGBT+ experience in the asset management industry.

Background Throughout Pride month, the Investment Association (IA) has been focused on how the 250 asset…

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Hermes & LGBT Great Pride Event

Hermes Investment Management & LGBT Great invite you to an evening to celebrate London Pride and…

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AuthentiCity - LGBT Careers Event for students

LGBT Great is proud to be supporting the below event;   AuthentiCity - a careers event for Lesbian,…

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Building on LGBT+ inclusion in the investments industry - 15 May 2018

Last night LGBT Great supported a fantastic Diversity Project Event hosted at M&G Investments…

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LGBT Great launches the #hereiam role model campaign to encourage LGBT+ and ally talent in the investment industry to become visible.

LGBT Great’s Role Models are LGBT+ and, or ally individuals who are working in or with the investments…

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India legalises same-sex relationships ….but is it enough?

It’s absolutely fantastic to hear that India, the largest democracy in the world has final legalised…

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The Investment Association Event: ‘Bringing our whole selves to work’ – July 2018

Yesterday evening LGBT Great supported The Investment Association with a panel discussion led by their…

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An LGBT Great thumbs up: ‘Bringing our whole selves to work’ – The Investment Association.

LGBT Great is proud to endorse The Investment Association’s ‘Bringing our whole selves to…

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Role models show the way for LGBT-friendly workplaces - Ignites Europe

“Role models authenticate how inclusive an organisational culture is and provides a beacon of inspiration…

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