I am white British, went to a co-ed comprehensive school and then to Cambridge University, where I read Philosophy. I joined Schroders’ graduate programme and went straight out to their New York office to learn about fixed income for two years, before returning to the London headquarters as a global bond fund manager.
I joined Newton in 1994 and became CEO in 2001, stepping down in 2016. I was chair of the Investment Association from 2014 – 2017. I founded the 30% Club in 2010.
I am the chair at FTSE250 firm AJ Bell, whose mission is to help people invest. I was appointed to the House of Lords in 2020. I have written two books aimed at helping women to progress their careers; ‘A Good Time to be a Girl’, published February 2018 and ‘Style and Substance’, published October 2021.
I am married, my husband and I have nine children and three grandchildren.