10th October 2017

PIMFA signs Women in Finance Charter during conference

PIMFA (Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association) welcomed over 100 delegates at their Women in Wealth half-day conference. The event, which was sponsored by RBS, featured speakers such as Jules Chappell OBE, Partner at Hawthorn Advisers and Jane Sydenham, Investment Director at Rathbone Brothers.

Sarah Pennells, Financial Broadcaster, Journalist and Founder of SavvyWoman.co.uk, shared insights such as “sections of the financial services industry seems to believe that women aren’t interested in investing. I don’t think that’s the case. I think the challenge is for the industry to become more diverse and to talk about finance in a way that resonates with women. Some companies are making headway, but there’s more to be done.”

During the conference, PIMFA signed HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter. The Charter’s aim is to work together to build a fairer, more balanced industry - highlighting that a balanced workforce is good for ‘business, customers, profitability and workplace culture, and is increasingly attractive for investors’.

Liz Field, CEO at PIMFA, said: “We need to ‘up’ the conversation on diversity in the sector. Diversity has proven benefits and we intend to lead the way in emphasising this through our signing of the Charter. We will also continue to provide practical assistance to firms in developing the equality conversation with events such as today’s Forum. The Women in Wealth Forum provides a valuable opportunity for all those across our industry to provide inspiration, hear from experts and share knowledge and experiences.”