Helena is one of the best known women in the City of London. She started her career in New York with Schroder Capital Management. After returning to London she joined Newton Investment Management in 1994 as a junior fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. During her fifteen years leading the firm, assets under management grew from £20 billion to over £50 billion. Helena is now Chair of Newton and the Investment Association, the UK’s industry trade body whose members manage more than £5 trillion.
In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a cross-business initiative to achieve better gender-balanced UK company boards through men and women working together on voluntary actions. These efforts now span the whole career journey from schoolroom to boardroom, and the proportion of female directors on UK listed company boards has more than doubled. The 30% Club approach has been adopted internationally, notably in the US, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the Gulf Co-Operation Countries. Helena also chairs Opportunity Now, Business in the Community’s gender equality campaign which forms part of the Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business network.
Helena has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. She has twice been voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Finance globally by Bloomberg Markets. Helena is a regular media commentator on topics as wide-ranging as climate change, executive pay and Brexit, all linked by her view that active investors should engage on key issues. Helena is a Fellow of London Business School and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Cambridge University in 2016. She was appointed CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list for her contribution to the role of women in business.
A Cambridge philosophy graduate, Helena is married to a Buddhist meditation teacher and they have nine children, six girls and three boys whose ages range from seven to 24.