Investment20/20 Annual Conference

Investment20/20 Annual Conference

18 November 2019, 08:30 - 13:00


The world of work is changing and the investment management sector has come under fire for its lack of diversity and to look like their clients and customers they serve. In order to retain the competitive advantage of the industry in a global environment, it is widely accepted that investment managers need to attract from a wider pool of talent.

The Investment20/20 Annual Conference is an ideal gathering to explore and debate how the sector can positively disrupt the early careers space to attract, develop and retain diverse skillsets and perspectives into the business.

Joined by The Rt. Hon Justine Greening MP to highlight the importance of the role of Social Mobility Pledge and how the sector can respond along with industry speakers.


  • How the industry can guide and develop young people towards a career in our sector
  • Creating an inclusive workforce which achieves buy-in across whole organisations
  • Retaining and developing diverse talent throughout their careers
  • How firms can adapt their infrastructure to contribute to social mobility


08.30 Registration


09.00 Welcome Remarks from Investment20/20
Karis Stander, Managing Director, Investment20/20


09.10 Diversity: From interventionism to the heart of strategic talent planning
Andrew Formica, Chief Executive Officer Jupiter Asset Management and Founder of Investment20/20


09.25 Keynote presentation
Justine Greening MP, Social Mobility Pledge, House of Commons


09.50 Attracting talent and raising aspirations

  • How do we engage young people to consider our industry as one of choice and help them to become applicant-ready through industry-led pre-entry programmes

Jenny Barber, Director of Careers and Talent, Investment20/20


10.20 Recruiting and hiring for potential

  • How do we create an inclusive workforce which achieves buy-in across whole organisations?

Bronwen Seaton-Wood, Senior Director of Human Resources, BNY Mellon


10.50 Coffee and networking break


11.15 Retaining & developing future leaders

  • How do we retain and continue to develop diverse talent throughout their careers?

Gemma Lines, Head of Growth, Learning and Recruitment, MS Amlin


11.45 Panel discussion – Diverse perspectives: challenging group think in early careers recruitment

As the world of work is changing, investment management has come under increasing levels of scrutiny about the make-up and diversity of our workforce, demonstrating that we understand, look and sound like the clients we ultimately serve.  In order to retain our competitive advantage in a global environment, it is widely accepted that we need to attract from a wider pool of talent.  How does the sector effectively address this?

  • Are traditional graduate recruitment programmes the best way to bring diverse skills and perspectives into the business?
  • How should we guide and develop young people towards a career in investment management?
  • Do we place too much emphasis on selecting students from diverse groups rather than investing in longer term development of students?
  • Is enough done to recruit people from diverse backgrounds but who didn’t go to leading universities?
  • Is Government intervention necessary to move the dial on social mobility in our industry and if so what?

Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, Chairman of the Board, Redington

Marisa Hall, Director, Thinking Ahead Institute, Willis Towers Watson
Matt Oomen, Global Head of Distribution, BNY Melon Investment Management
Mitesh Sheth, CEO, Redington
Honor Solomon, Head of Retail, EMEA, Legal & General Investment Management


12.30 Closing remarks from Investment20/20
Karis Stander, Managing Director, Investment20/20


 12.40 Networking lunch and end of the event