Julia Streets is a business woman, writer and comedian.
Julia is regularly booked as a host, chair or keynote speaker at industry conferences around the world. She is an evangelist and commentator on innovation and change, particularly in the world of financial services & technology and is called upon to talk about diversity and inclusion.
As an entrepreneur, Julia is the Founder and CEO of Streets Consulting, the business development, marketing and communications consultancy working with clients – from early stage startups to some of the world’s largest organisations. She has enjoyed a 25+ year career in financial services and previously held senior executive positions at the stock exchange group NYSE Euronext and the international brokerage firm, Instinet.
Julia was been named one of Brummell Magazine’s 30 Inspirational Women on Boards. The same City publication named her one of their 30 Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs and 30 Women of Influence. She is regularly named one of the 30 Power Women in Fintech by Innovate Finance and this year has been shortlisted as Fintech Champion in the Women in Finance awards.
In addition to running the City business she founded, Julia regularly performs at corporate events, hosts gala dinners, is an after dinner speaker and an auctioneer. Julia has been written about in The Financial Times, City AM, The Daily Telegraph; she has been featured on BBC Radio 4‘s Today Programme and is a regular guest on BBC Radio Kent's Drivetime show discussing her favourite topic of business, comedy and the comedy of business.
Julia has been featured on radio, TV and in the national and regional press, and is the host and executive producer of DiverCity Podcast, exploring the subject of diversity and inclusion in financial services.
Comfortable on large stages, Julia has been invited to host royal, charity and industry gala dinners and awards, drawing on a mass of her own comedy material observing corporate behaviour.
In 2012 Julia's first book 'The Lingua Franca of the Corporate Banker' was published, lampooning the excessive use of corporate jargon. Julia also pens the light-hearted 'Watercooler' column in the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants' global monthly magazine.
She proudly serves as a Trustee for Street Child, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and their communities in post-conflict, hard to reach territories by delivering a sustainable approach to education.
Rosalind Adler is an experienced trainer specialising in communications skills. Her training work is informed by her parallel careers as actress and writer. She has an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Gretchen is a Certified and Chartered Financial Planner, Chartered Wealth Manager and Managing Director at Magenta – an award winning, specialist Financial Planning company that believes in delivering Planning with Passion everyday.
Gretchen started her career working with a Financial Planner within an accountancy practice, working up through every role in the profession until she started advising herself in 2006. After studying and gaining her Diploma in Financial Planning in 2009, Gretchen went on to become a Certified Financial Planner in 2014 and a Chartered Wealth Manager in 2015.
Gretchen started Magenta Financial Planning in 2016 with her business partner, Julie Lord. Since launch the business has won multiple awards, including ‘Start up Company of the year 2017’ from the Bridgend Business Forum, Professional Adviser’s ‘Financial Adviser of the year (Wales)’ in 2017 and 2019 and ‘Accredited Firm of the year 2017’ from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI). For the last 3 years Magenta has been listed in the Top 100 Financial Adviser firms, published by New Model Adviser, winning the NMA Adviser firm of the year Wales 2018.
Gretchen is passionate about working closely with clients to understand what they really want from life and to create and implement a Lifetime Financial Plan to help them pursue their passions.
Gretchen is President of the South Wales branch of the CISI and was also named ‘NextGen Planners Ambassador’ in 2018.
Emma is Head of DC with responsibility for developing Legal & General Investment Management’s DC pensions investment and bundled business. Emma joined LGIM in 2014 from Mercer where she was a partner and Head of Mercer Workplace Savings. Prior to that, she was Head of DC Sales at BlackRock and Head of DC Pensions at Threadneedle Investments, and has more than 20 years of experience in the investment management industry. Emma graduated from Trinity College, Oxford, and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School via a Women in Management Scholarship from the Guardian. Emma is Chair of the PLSA Policy Board and recently won 2 awards at the Professional Pensions ‘Women in Pensions’ awards 2019: Pensions Woman of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Marisa Hall, MSc, FIA, is a Director in the Thinking Ahead Institute, a global not-for-profit research network of more than 40 of the world’s largest asset owners and asset managers, with the aim of mobilising capital to secure a sustainable future. She has been widely recognised as a thought leader and advocate for change, writing several articles featured in the media, thought pieces, research papers and as a speaker at a number of global events. Prior to joining the Institute, Marisa was a Senior Investment Consultant in Willis Towers Watson’s investment advisory business, providing advice to clients on the financial management of their pension arrangements, including investment strategy, journey planning and dynamic de-risking, manager selection and monitoring, and liability hedging.
Marisa is on the board of London Women’s Forum, on the standing committee of Investment 20/20 and is on the steering committee of #talkaboutblack, a powerful movement sponsored by The Diversity Project that aims to improve progress on ethnic diversity.
Marisa is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (FIA) and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC). She has a MSc (Distinction) from CASS Business School, London and a first class honours degree in Mathematics from the University of the West Indies.
Ayesha Hazarika MBE is a columnist and broadcaster who is known for her insightful and witty opinions and observations on current affairs and politics. Having started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country, she then took what she thought was a natural diversion into politics as a Special Adviser for the Labour Party, working with them for eight years both in Government and Opposition. During her time in Westminster she worked for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband, advising them on Prime Minister’s Questions, speeches, media and policy as well as heading up initiatives on topics such as Women and Equality.
In 2019 Ayesha Hazarika took over as Editor of The Londoner, the Evening Standard’s Daily Diary section, where she distils the latest news and insights from across the capital. Ayesha will also continue with her hugely popular column for the Evening Standard every Wednesday.
Since leaving front line politics Ayesha has presented shows on LBC and was previously a part of the panel discussion show on CNN Talk three times a week (CNN international). In print Ayesha has contributed to The Scotsman, FT, Guardian, New Statesman and Grazia. She is also a much sought after pundit due to her unique position to analyse and comment on current affairs with great wit and insight appearing regularly across shows including Question Times (BBC), Good Morning Britain (ITV), Sky Papers (Sky News), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1), Newsnight (BBC2), The Agenda (ITV) and The Today Programme(BBC Radio 4) as well as using her comedy chops on Have I Got News For You (BBC), The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4), Breaking the News (BBC Radio Scotland) and Matt Forde’s Unspun (Dave). She has also presented on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review leading the week’s discussion of cultural events.
In 2018 she took her new show Girl on Girl – The Fight for Feminism on tour across the UK including a week’s run at the Soho Theatre which followed a successful two week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show looked at the current state of feminism with humour and honesty and tackled topics such as Weinstein, #MeToo and Kavanagh as well as looking at the medias obsession with pitting women against women.
Ayesha’s return to stand up came in 2016 with her show Tales from the Pink Bus which was a sell-out hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival and the Women of the World at the Southbank Centre. She then extended this show, creating State of the Nation, which she toured throughout the UK in early 2017 including a hugely successful run at the Soho Theatre, which had extra dates added due to phenomenal demand. During the show, Ayesha lifts the lid on what life was really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what’s next for British politics.
Henrietta is CBI Deputy Director-General, Commercial
Henrietta works with Carolyn and the senior team to develop and implement the CBI’s commercial business strategy. In particular, she is responsible for developing the group’s membership proposition, leading the CBI’s regional teams across the country, the organisation’s digital strategy, and creating new member services with a focus on supporting and enabling businesses to grow.
Henrietta has 30 years’ experience in developing and implementing business, marketing and general management strategies.
Henrietta has held a range of senior roles, including Group Head of Marketing, Strategy, Business Development and Investor Relations at an executive level within a FTSE 100 financial services business, Schroders Plc; a major private equity firm, Advent International; a professional services firm, Cushman & Wakefield; and within the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry (FMCG).
FMCG was where Henrietta first started her career at HJ Heinz as a graduate trainee, followed by Nestle and United Biscuits, where she developed her overall approach to business. She has operated globally for many years and has experience in most major markets.
For the past 3 years, Henrietta has run her own small consultancy business, coaching management teams for major financial transactions and senior individuals required to communicate and lead more effectively. She has also focussed on a number of projects providing strategic advice to Boards and Partnerships looking to develop, grow and change their businesses.
Henrietta has an MA in Natural Sciences from Oxford University and also completed the Oxford University Business School Advanced Management Program for Senior Executives. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is an FCA approved Non- Executive Director.
Henrietta is married with 4 children and is based in both Yorkshire and London
Mandy is co-founder of City Hive, a network for change and the only independent body whose sole focus is to change the culture of the investment management industry to ensure greater inclusion, diversity and equality. She leads City Hive initiatives to demonstrate the strong conviction that industry collaboration can catalyse action, including City Hive’s Academy programmes (Cross-Company Mentoring, City Stars and Masterclasses) to pursue excellence. She believes that investment teams with diversity of thought and experience, born from a mixture of backgrounds, make for better investment management - and deliver better value to clients. She has led teams and developed people and their careers for almost two decades.
She works with industry players, policy makers and regulators, academics, not for profits and industry associations, on research, advocacy and advisory projects. She has authored a roadmap to implement a Women in Finance Charter in Brazil and is developing a Kitemark on culture for the industry.
Mandy also liaises with global reporting and standard-setting bodies to raise standards of disclosure on non-financial factors and to integrate them more closely with financial considerations. Previously, as Director of Reporting, Assessment and Accountability at the PRI, Mandy led global work on accountability and transparency. Overseeing the Reporting Framework and Assessment of PRI signatories, this established norms in investor disclosure by requiring reporting on their use of environmental, social and governance factors in investment decision making.
Mandy is passionate about addressing the gender imbalance as a gateway to other inequalities and is a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party.
Justin is a fund manager within the Multi-Asset Funds team, leading on the management of the team's retail and risk-profiled multi-asset funds. Prior to joining LGIM in August 2013, Justin was a fund manager with Aviva Investors' multi-asset team combining both strategic and dynamic asset allocation with manager selection in the construction of multi-asset portfolios. He was lead fund manager on a range of risk-targeting multi-asset funds and co-lead fund manager on a number of unit-linked Life and Pension funds, as well as manager of manager offerings. Justin previously worked as a fund research analyst at Merrill Lynch and an investment consultant for Aon Consulting. Justin is a CFA Charterholder and holds a degree in economics from the University of Warwick and the Investment Management Certificate.
Jane Portas is a Partner at PwC with 30 years' experience of advising international insurance businesses on prudential and conduct regulation, risk management, related strategic business change and group structure optimisation. She has also held various regulatory policy and supervision roles, both directly at the UK regulator, and more widely advising international regulators. Jane leads PwC's Brexit, and it’s Customer & Conduct, services for Insurance, and as well as the firm's approach to financial inclusion. Jane has authored various reports on financial risks in life including 'Securing the financial future of the next generation' for the CII. These together with details of the CII Insuring Futures programme which Jane co-founded, and its Manifesto, may be found here www.insuringwomensfutures.co.uk.
Lea Sellers is a media trainer and communications consultant. Drawing on her experience as a television producer on Question Time, Newsnight and Channel 4 News, she focuses on confident communication skills and media training so that clients can face the press, radio or television with assurance.
Bhavini ‘Bev’ Shah is Founder and CEO of City Hive, which is a Network for Change and a force for good within the Investment Management Industry. As a British-Indian mother whose superpowers include dyslexia and dyspraxia she truly understands the value and strength of diversity. With more than 15 years of investment experience at some of the world's largest financial institutions, she founded City Hive to lead the change needed to future proof the Investment Management Industry by empowering everyone to forge a more equitable and inclusive culture. Bev is a thought-leader, outspoken lobbyist and media commentator for cultural change within the investment management industry and is frequently seen on The BBC and quoted in The Financial Times, The Telegraph, Financial News, Investment Week, Money Marketing, Citywire and many more.
Anna Sofat is founder and MD of Addidi, the Voice of Women’s Wealth. Addidi advise enterprising women, and their families, to plan and manage their wealth as well providing a collaborative club for women to invest in and engage with SMEs. Addidi recently won Money Marketing’s Small Advisor of the Year award and has featured as one of the Top 100 Advisory firm by the New Model Adviser magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Prior to founding Addidi, Anna was the MD at Fiona Price & Partners, the first business set up specifically to provide financial advice for women by women.
Anna is a graduate of Hull University and has a Masters from the London School of Economics. She holds both the Chartered Financial Planning and Certified Financial Planner qualifications.
As well as advising private clients, Anna is a regular contributor to national press and TV. Anna has been awarded the Unbaised.co.uk’s Financial Adviser of the year award; nominated the Top female Adviser by FT’s Financial Adviser in 2015 and was a finalist in the First Women 2017 Awards for the Finance category.
Away from work, she is married and a mother of 2 girls. Her interests are her family, travel and current affairs; in the past she has served as an elected Councillor on Rochester City Council and Halling Parish Council. She was also a non executive director for the social enterprise, Fair Finance from its inception in 2005 to 2014.
Karis Stander is the Managing Director of Investment20/20, an entry-level talent services for the investment management industry with a specific focus on increasing diversity and widening access for young people. Karis joined Investment20/20 in 2014 and under her leadership it is now a multi-award winning organisation that has enabled more than 1,500 trainees to enter the industry through over 45 partner firms. Karis has led a dedicated programme of grassroots outreach to over 3,700 schools, colleges and universities, aimed at developing the industry's long-term talent pipeline by raising awareness of the opportunities it can offer to graduates and school leavers and sign posting them to trainee programmes.
Davinia is the award-winning founder of rainchq, a company she set up to help women take control of their financial futures.
She has over 15 years experience across the investment management and professional services industries.
Davinia has a First Class Honours degree from Aston University, an Executive MBA from Cass Business School and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).
Outside of rainchq, Davinia is a board director at Talawa, a company established more than 30 years ago to improve black representation in theatre. She is the mother of two young daughters who are the best mini-rainmakers and her ultimate inspiration.
Jane began her investment career in 1982 at London Business School before moving to Russell in 1984 as their first full-time manager researcher. She moved to Watsons (now Willis Towers Watson) in 1992 to advise institutional investors on strategy, portfolio construction, manager selection and monitoring. She later specialised in researching global equity managers, private equity and infrastructure investments and led the indexation research team. She was on the executive committee for the investment consulting business until leaving in February 2017. Recent roles included oversight of the firm’s inclusion and diversity initiatives and its leadership development programme.
She is now an independent consultant and is a founder member of, project manager and board member for, the Diversity Project, an industry-wide initiative to help create a more inclusive culture in the investment industry. She is a trustee of The Diversity Project Charity and is an associate of Leading Figures, a firm specialising in leadership development.
Jane has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the Queen’s College Oxford, an MSc in Economics (with distinction) from the London Business School (now known as an MBA) and an MSc in People and Organisational Development from the University of Sussex (Roffey Park Institute).
Liz joined PIMFA (then known as the Wealth Management Association) as Chief Executive in 2014.
She has 30 years financial services experience, 19 of which as a Chief Executive. She successfully transformed and advised several businesses through redefining strategy, re-branding, change management and inspirational leadership, creating profitable businesses.
She has substantive experience of people and corporate culture risk, regulatory knowhow across the industry – banking, insurance and wealth management and providing good practice guidelines for the industry to adopt.
She is an accredited coach and industry leader encouraging collaborative participation of diverse groups of industry experts to address sector challenges and to leverage industry resources for collective benefit.
Liz holds a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Occupational Psychology from Birkbeck.
Alexandra has built a long and successful career in the financial sector, initially as an international fixed income fund manager for a number of premier international banks and financial institutions before moving onto the development of global institutional fund management services. Forming Noble & Associates a decade ago, she has since built a successful professional advisory practice providing advisory and business development services to pension funds, asset managers and investment consultants. She is now in growing demand by many of her major clients who want her to share her wisdom, market experience and human development skills by mentoring their next generation of high-flying and talented potential leaders and she is convinced this will increasingly become a success differentiator within the financial sector.
Alexandra lives in the City with her husband and is Chair of Future-Fit Ltd, and a Trustee of the children’s’ charity ‘Tree of Hope’ as well as The Foundation of Nursing Studies and The OPLAN Foundation.
Rachael set up Leverton Search, an Investment Management Recruitment firm in 2014. Previously, she spent 11 years at Mason Blake where she built the Distribution, Investment and Operations teams. Rachael runs a female network called IMPACT, where she partners with a range of clients to retain and support talent within the industry, through training and mentoring workshops. With over 15 years’ experience, Rachael’s personal approach has created an unparalleled network across the industry, bringing an efficient, professional and thoughtful service. Rachael graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2002 with a degree in Social and Economic History.
Karen will be running our yoga and mindfulness sessions during the event.