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Helena Morrissey, head of personal investing, Legal & General


Morrissey is well known for her work on gender equality. She founded the 30% Club, a campaign for more gender-balanced boards, in 2010

Since then the representation of women on FTSE 100 boards has risen from 12.5% to 28.9% and there are now 10 30% Clubs throughout the world. Morrissey chairs Business in the Community’s Gender Equality campaign, which has recently canvassed the views of working fathers through its Equal Lives survey.

Morrissey was CEO of Newton Investment Management for 15 years, taking its assets under management from £20 billion to £50 billion. She joined Legal & General Investment Management in 2017, leading a new drive to engage the nation to invest more, with a particular focus on improving women’s financial wellbeing.

Morrissey has been named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and the Financial Times’ 2017 Person of the Year. She was appointed a dame in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list.

Morrissey is a philosophy graduate. Her husband Richard is a stay-at-home father and they have nine children, aged from nine to 26. Her first book A Good Time to be a Girl, Don’t Lean In, Change the System was published in February 2018.