Elissa started in the City in 1972, having trained at Joseph Sebag and became a member of the private client department, managing portfolios for customers of the clearing banks. She moved firms, ending up at Savory Milln, which was taken over three times, eventually by The Swiss Bank.
She was appointed Head of the Private Client Department and became a member of the Stock Exchange in 1980 and was one of the first female directors of the Swiss Bank Corporation.
She now looks after private clients, trusts, small pension funds and charities, having moved to Gerrard Vivien Gray in 1999 and became Head of Private Clients and a main Board Director of GVG. The private client department numbered over 100 people and the firm went through a number of take-overs and in the late 1990s Gerrard’s merged with Greig Middleton which then became Old Mutual and finally Barclays. She moved to Williams de Broë in October 2011 and the parent company, Evolution, was taken over by Investec. She is now part of a private client team, looking after portfolios, which in many cases have been with her for over 35 years.
She is a strong believer in forging personal relationships with clients and the majority of her work is managing discretionary accounts for people with whom there is an ongoing relationship.
Elissa developed a strong interest in media and marketing and was head of the London Marketing Division of the various firms she worked for and she has regularly appeared on the BBC for the Today programme, CNBC, Sky and CNN and also gives talks and lectures on the City and is active in business development.
She is a trustee of the Weizmann Institute for Technology, based in Israel, sits on the Advisory Board of JVN and Future Talent and was a member of the Business Committee of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, chaired by the Countess of Wessex, for ten years.
Elissa is married to a recently retired GP and has three daughters.