The Lord McNicol of West Kilbride
Lord Iain McNicol of West Kilbride (born August 1969) is a British Labour politician and trade unionist. He is a Labour member of the House of Lords (the UKs second chamber) having being introduced in July 2018. He is a life Baron. Iain served as the General Secretary of the Labour Party from 2011-18, moving from the position as National Political Officer of the GMB Union. He has a long history of organising in both the Labour and trade union movement. As Labour’s GS he was legally and operationally responsible for the most important elections in the U.K. over the past decade. Iain grew up on in West coast of Scotland, he began his involvement in political organising as President of the Student Union at Dundee Institute of Technology in 1991. He then moved to the Labour Party, first in an elected role as National Campaigns and Membership Officer for Labour Students. Then as an organiser and agent in West London from 1994 through to Labour’s historic 1997 General Election. Following the Labour Party’s electoral victory in 1997 Iain moved to work for the GMB Union. On 19 July 2011, Labour’s National Executive Committee selected him to become the Party’s General Secretary. Iain is married and has a son and daughter and the family have lived in South London for over 25 years. He holds a black-belt in karate, and plays the bagpipes.
Global Head of ESG Investments, Aviva Investors
Mirza leads all aspects of Aviva Investors’ ESG approach and is a member of Aviva Investors
Global Executive Committee. Specifically
Mirza is responsible for setting Aviva Investors’ ESG strategy, defining ESG policies,
establishing ESG investment integration processes, determining stewardship priorities,
oversight of Aviva Investors’ suite of sustainability strategies and solutions, and the
maintenance of a robust ESG operating model. Mirza
joined Aviva Investors in 2016 and has over 20 years’ experience in the ESG industry
across various roles based in the US, Europe and Asia. Mirza currently serves as the Chair of
the UK Investment Association’s Stewardship Committee and in 2022 was named amongst
Financial News ‘Most Influential in Sustainable Finance Europe.
Partner, Pinsent Masons
Jonathan is a financial services specialist, focusing on investigating and managing systemic challenges. Jonathan devises strategies and solutions which reflect commercial drivers, operational preferences and stakeholder objectives – and which reduce regulatory scrutiny. Jonathan’s team consist of barristers, ex-regulators and ombudsmen.
Head of Sustainable Investing, abrdn
Dan Grandage is Head of Sustainable Investing at abrdn. Dan supports abrdn’s global investment vector to protect and enhance investment performance through integrating ESG and sustainability in all elements of the investment process via the creation and oversight of standards and market leading frameworks. Dan represents abrdn on the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Standards Committee, plus a number of Investment Association sustainable finance working groups. Dan is also a board member of the UK Better Building Partnership. Dan joined abrdn in 2013 from WSP Group where he had responsibility for the Sustainable Real Estate team delivering practical sustainability solutions for investors. Prior to that, Dan worked for RPS Consultants with a focus on the environmental management of corporate mergers and acquisitions. Dan graduated with a BSc in Environmental Geology from Sheffield University, and holds an MSc from Manchester University in Urban Geoscience.
Director of Policy, Innovate Finance
Arun Kelshiker, CFA, CAIA
Vice-Chair, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, CFA UK
Arun Kelshiker brings close to twenty years of multi-asset career experience, having managed institutional assets and provided investment advisory with leading international asset managers. He was formerly the Head of Asset Allocation and Portfolio Strategy at Standard Chartered Bank driving multi-asset views together with client solutions and was part of the Global Investment Committee. He has also worked as a Country CIO and senior portfolio manager for Allianz Global Investors and Allianz Group. Arun has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, US, and a Masters in International Economics and Management from SDA Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. He is a CFA Charterholder and a CAIA Charterholder. Arun is the Vice-Chair of CFA UK's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and an ambassador and active contributor with both the Diversity Project and Reboot.
Managing Director, Intermediary, 7IM
Verona’s track record spans more than two decades, three continents, major organisations such as Legal & General, American Express and BT Financial, and the complexities of wraps, platforms, discretionary services and a range of investment solutions. Verona as Managing Director, Intermediary at 7IM, leads sales, relationship management and service for the range of products and services that 7IM provides to the UK financial planning market. Verona is Chair of the Culture and Sustainability Committee at 7IM and is active in supporting Diversity and Inclusion across the financial services industry. Verona has been awarded a range of industry recognition including Investment Woman of the Year 2021 and Platform Woman of the Year 2020 and 2018.
Chief Operating Officer, Moneybox
Karen Kerrigan is Chief Operating Officer at Moneybox, the award-winning digital wealth building app which is helping over 1 million customers turn their money into something greater. Karen has spent the last decade in fintech, and is a strong advocate of the role of technology in providing the right tools, opportunities and education so everyone can invest in their financial future. Karen is responsible for the legal, risk, operations and people areas of the business at Moneybox. Previously, Karen was COO at Seedrs and Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association, originally having worked as a financial services lawyer with Simmons & Simmons and Barclays. She sits on the advisory board of Generation Success, a not-for-profit dedicated to ensuring that young people's careers are not determined by their birth.
EMEA Chief Administrative Officer, Northern Trust
David Mapplebeck is responsible for overseeing EMEA regional governance, strategy and reporting at Northern Trust and oversees the day-to-day operation of the UK SMCR and other accountability regimes as well as UK Outsourcing requirements. David represents Northern Trust on several industry groups, including the UK Finance Capital Markets and Wholesale Banking Board, and is Co-Chair of the TISA Governance, Conduct and Culture Committee. David joined Northern Trust in January 2017 from State Street Bank & Trust Company. With 30 years’ experience in the legal and financial services industries, David has held senior management roles covering brokerage, asset management, family offices and custody banking businesses both in the UK and the Middle East and also worked for the UK Financial Conduct Authority, where he supervised multiple custody banks and asset management companies. David holds a BA Hons in Law degree from Durham University and qualified as a solicitor in 1994.
Global Head of Sustainable Investment, Newton Investment Management
Therese Niklasson is Global Head of Sustainable Investment at Newton Investment Management, joining in 2022, where she is responsible for the strategic vision and delivery of sustainability across the firm’s wider investment platform. This includes working with the investment teams to ensure that ESG matters are fully integrated into the fundamental investment philosophy, as well as continuous innovation around sustainability solutions. Niklasson is responsible for Newton’s wider responsible investment team which supports the investment platform through work across areas including ESG research, stewardship, and ESG data and technology.
Therese started her career as an ESG Analyst to then joining Threadneedle Asset Management as Head of Governance and Responsible Investment in 2007. In 2011, Therese joined Ninety One (formerly Investec Asset Management) where she spent over a decade developing their sustainability investment platform.
Global Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Wellbeing, FNZ
Wendy joined FNZ in January 2022 as our first Global Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Wellbeing. She has over 20 years’ experience in diversity, equity and inclusion having started with IBM, building out their D&I strategy for EMEA, Canada and Japan and then moving to Barclays, where she partnered with the United Nations on their HeForShe campaign and developed the bank’s approach to dynamic working which enabled all colleagues to work in flexible ways irrespective of role. More recently at BlackRock, Wendy was instrumental in developing their approach to socio-economic diversity and diversity data collection.
Prior to focusing on D&I, Wendy began her career in the insurance industry in client facing business and technology roles. She is currently Chairwoman of FACET, a social enterprise based in Cambridgeshire which supports adults with learning disabilities and complex needs lead more independent lives.
Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons
Hannah has excellent knowledge of financial services regulation, having previously worked in the FCA's General Counsel's Division for 8 years, including a secondment to FCA Enforcement.
Hannah has pensions, investments and public/administrative law expertise regarding risk, governance and litigation. Between 2018 and 2022 she led the FCA's intervention in a series of SIPPs litigation cases (both civil and JR). She has extensive experience across retail financial services, having worked on and led some key recent FCA policy and supervisory initiatives, including in relation to SIPPs, DB pension transfers, PRIIPs, ESG and Funeral Plans.
Prior to working at the FCA, Hannah trained and worked for 8 years at a leading global law firm, working closely with a range of international FS clients including banks, insurers, private equity firms and pension funds.
Head of Transactional Wealth & Insurance, HSBC UK
Board Member and Business Advisor on People Issues, Diversity Project
Jon Terry is an experienced business advisor on people issues. He was a senior partner at PwC and retired in 2020 following a 30+ year career. During the last decade at PwC Jon led their global financial services people advisory practice and the UK diversity and inclusion consulting practice. Following his retirement in 2020, Jon helps support organisations create more inclusive workplaces. Amongst other roles, Jon is a Board Member of the Diversity Project, which brings together other 100 investment and savings firms to collaborate to create a more inclusive industry.
Head of Responsible Investing & Proposition Strategy, St. James’s Place Wealth Management
CEO, TISAtech & TURN
Technical Policy Director, TISA
Jeffrey leads the Technical Policy team, helping firms where new regulations are being introduced or proposed. He has spent 35 years in the funds industry, including 15 years at M&G, where he was a director and member of the Executive Committee. He held a number of operational roles including setting up M&G’s call centre, launching closed and open ended funds, and public affairs spokesman with responsibility for non-compliance relationships with regulators, HMRC and Government. Having read History at Cambridge, Jeffrey qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). He then spent seven years in banking including posts as chief accountant of two merchant banks (HongKongBank and Samuel Montagu). He is currently also non executive chair of the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance.
Head of Technical Policy, TISA