Deborah is participating in a paneld Harnessing creativity and diversity of thought at 13.30 and Investor engagement: exploring the revised Stewardship code at 14.50 on Day Two.
Deborah is the Founder of The 100% Club, a network for professional women established in October 2011. The 100% Club is based on a philosophy that values the distinctiveness that women bring to the workplace and how that distinctiveness drives sustainable corporate cultures that respect diversity in all its forms.
Deborah is an Ambassador for the 30% Club, the global market initiative to promote diversity in companies and was instrumental in building the 30% Club UK Investor Group into a global coalition of 35 investors with assets under management of £11 trillion. Deborah was recognised for her work on diversity and championing the female talent pipeline in the 2019 Women in Banking & Finance awards and the 2018 Scottish Diversity Awards.
Deborah has over 18 years of experience in investment stewardship and her areas of specialism include corporate governance, executive pay, diversity, corporate culture, sustainability and market policy work to protect and improve the rights of shareholders. She started her governance career in December 2000 at the UK's Co-operative Insurance Society.
Previously, Deborah was an Investment Director in the Environmental, Social and Governance team at Aberdeen Standard Investments and prior to that, Head of Sustainable Ownership at RPMI Railpen, the pension fund for the UK railway industry. She also read Mathematics and English at the University of Manchester and worked in corporate tax at Ernst & Young.
She was a member of the Steering Group of the UK Financial Reporting Council's project on corporate culture and served on the FRC's Stakeholder Advisory Committee.
Deborah is a regular commentator and speaker on investment stewardship and her work has featured in the Financial Times, the New York Times, and other mainstream financial media.
Deborah is a Fellow of ICSA: The Governance Institute and holds the CFA's Investment Management Certificate. Deborah chairs the Ethics & Systemic Risk Committee of theInternational Corporate Governance Network (ICGN).
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