I was born in Portsmouth to a white mother, and a Jamaican father. My father’s family moved to the UK as part of the Windrush generation. I was educated at a comprehensive school and studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Portsmouth. I was almost a first-generation university student; but my mother graduated when I was at sixth form (an extremely proud moment for our family).
I fell into financial services after a successful application to intern in the US. I have worked in client facing roles servicing clients across many regions until returning from maternity leave in 2021 to lead the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts for EMEA at BlackRock.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has always been important to me – I didn’t see many people that looked like me growing up, and I have always been surrounded by feminists – from my father and my brother, to my husband. I recognise that getting DE&I right, and making it the heart of everything you do, is not only the right thing to do, but it makes business sense too.