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We are planning an exciting schedule of events for 2021 and even though we can’t meet face to face yet, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet with your fellow members.

Find below all the events we have run over the last two years, many of which have useful handout notes with a summary of points from each event.

September event:


Thursday 23 September 2021, 1:00 – 1:45pm


Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors have become an increasingly important consideration for investors and the recent IPCC report on Climate Change highlighted the need for policymakers and consumers to act now.


  • Introduction from Gillian Hepburn, UK Intermediary Solutions Director, Schroders and member of the WiAS Advisory Board
  • Insights from Schroders’ Holly Turner about the plastic challenge – what does this look like? How are investors taking real positive action and what this means to us as consumers? You’ll also hear from Georgia Stewart, from Tumelo, who will move the discussion onto how to get investors actively engaged in the process of investing, such as engaging with their fund managers on the stock that they want.
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Previous events

Demystifying the Board – the role of the NED, 25 March 2021

Think of a board and a stereotype naturally springs to mind. But the world of business is changing fast and boards need to rapidly adapt to offer value and ethical best practice not only to shareholders but to the customers, communities and employees they serve. Achieving cognitive and behavioural diversity in the boardroom needs inclusive board recruitment processes that directly address the lack of gender, ethnic and often generational representation around the table.

The role of a board NED is often poorly understood and so at this event, Emma Berwick and her experienced panel demystifyed the board and explained the opportunities that exist for the many.

Further reading.

Women in technology, 23 June 2021

On Wednesday 23 June Dominic King, Senior Principal, from Accenture Research, shared his insights on gender parity within the technology sector, which was followed by a lively discussion with our experienced panellists: Naomi Masterston (panel chair), Discovery Lead and Trade SME Transaction service, Northern Trust, Dominic King, Alison Pain, Chief Technology Officer, Northern Trust and Adam Belding, Chief Technology Officer, Calastone.

Watch the recorded event.

Bridging the Racial Gap, 15 December 2020

We were delighted to hear from Connie Lindsey from Northern Trust and Chimmy Ngoma from Calastone, who shared their stories with us on what it is like to be black women in our industry.  Connie gave us a wonderful overview and history, including the key things that we could take responsibility for ourselves to help change the dial.  Chimmy talked to her own personal and work experiences and her hopes for the future.  Chimmy also shared a range of resources with us here.

Remote working sponsored by Northern Trust, 09 July 2020

WiAS and Northern Trust came together at the height of the COVID19 pandemic to discuss how to keep up your profile whilst working from home.  Gone are the days of face to face networking and we moved to the world of the virtual meeting and daily video calls.  Spontaneity has gone out of the window, but it doesn’t mean that you cannot keep up your relationships and drive forward your career.  Catherine Duffy from Northern Trust in interview with Kate Webber discussed how our members could help themselves during this time, to put their best foot forward and not to forget about their careers, including tips from regular virtual meetings to increase your network, to preparing for meetings and presenting your best self.

Careers don’t go in straight lines – hosted by Schroders, 5 March 2020

Maggie Craig, John Cowan, Penny Biggs and Michael Akinwotu all shared their career stories with us, the highs and the not so highs and what they have learnt along the way.  The stories helped us to consider how careers are not linear but full of twists and turns which are exciting and sometimes challenging.

View event invite.

Negotiation Skills: working from home – The Gap Partnership, 11 June 2020

In our webinar, hosted by Laura Mann, WiAS member, Richard Jones from The Gap Partnership talked to us about how to maximise negotiations when working from home.

Two day workshop: Negotiation – Richard Jones, The Gap Partnership, December 2019

This two day workshop for a small number of WiAS members was a huge success with the participants learning a huge amount from Richard to take into their working and personal lives.

An introduction to negotiation – The Gap Partnership, 30 September 2019

Hosted by Laura Mann from WiAS and SEI, this event continued our theme of helping members to build confidence in their daily and working lives by understanding how to develop their negotiation skills through key tips and practical application.  The event was followed up by a two day workshop held in Northern Trust offices in December.

Increasing female diversity, 13 June 2019

Supported by Jenny Adams, the Global Executive Producer of Fund Forum International and Alison Campbell, a small number of delegates were given presentation training in the afternoon of 13 June, with Alison, to prepare them for a 2 minute pitch in front of the WiAS audience.  The participants benefited hugely from the training and got a rapturous response from the audience that evening.  Sponsored by Bravura at their offices in Broadgate, this event really helped the participants to find their voice.  Jenny provided them with complementary tickets to Funds Forum later that month where they spoke again, talking of their experiences.

Further reading.

Nurturing female talent - sponsored by Calastone, 6 February 2019

Our keynote speaker, Ann Roughead was joined by our panel, including Rose St Louise, Karen Zachary and Fiona Murden to discuss how to nurture female talent and share their own experiences.

Further reading.


Interview with Trish Hammett, Head of GDTA Operation Europe, HSBC

Interview with Ece Hanci, EMEA Senior Global Account Manager, Symphony

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