01
Apr
2019

Investment20/20 appoints Director of Careers & Talent in push for diverse new recruits

Monday 1st April 2019

Investment20/20, a part of the Investment Association, has appointed Jenny Barber to the newly created position of Director of Careers and Talent, as part of Investment20/20’s expansion and push to grow a diverse talent pool for the industry.

Jenny, formerly Director of Programmes for the national education charity Career Ready, will be responsible for delivering a programme to attract young people from schools, colleges and universities from across the UK to meet the asset management industry’s recruitment needs.

Jenny has worked closely with Investment20/20 already, helping deliver its successful inaugural Think Investment programme, which has taken 65 young people furthest from the asset management industry and made them application-ready through a series of practical skills sessions.

Karis Stander, Managing Director of Investment20/20 said:

“Providing young people with the skills to navigate the application and interview process is key to opening up the talent pipeline and ensuring the asset management industry reflects the backgrounds of the savers we serve.

“I am therefore delighted that Jenny will lead our skills work as Director of Careers and Talent at Investment20/20. Jenny’s over 20 years’ experience, leading programmes that help young people navigate to career success, will be invaluable in ensuring our industry is a career option open to everyone, regardless of their background.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Jenny Barber will be joining Investment20/20 on Monday 1st April.

For further information, please contact:

Helen Ayres, Communications Manager: [email protected]

T: +44 (0)20 7269 4620

David Parton, Communications Executive: [email protected]

T: +44 (0)20 7269 4625

IA press office: [email protected]

About Investment20/20:

  • Investment20/20 is an industry careers service with a focus on widening access to diverse talent at grassroots level.
  • Investment20/20 has recruited and supported over 1,300 trainees and apprentices for its 35 partner firms from the investment and wealth management sector since it was founded six years ago by Andrew Formica, joint-CEO Janus Henderson Investors and Nichola Pease, former CEO of JO Hambro.
  • Investment20/20’s aims are to ensure an increasingly wide range of students can access the knowledge they need to make an informed decision; to make opportunities easier to find and applications more straightforward; and to engender a positive perception of the industry amongst all the students in 3,400 schools, colleges and universities with which the programme communicates. Investment20/20 will also continue to provide valuable training and networking opportunities in London and Edinburgh to new recruits into the sector.
  • Key statistics about Investment20/20:
    • 75% of those recruited have been offered permanent roles after the programme;
    • 85% of trainees have come from state schools and 50% are school leavers;
    • 41% are BAME and 37% are female.
  • Of the graduates, 49% are the first in their family to go to university, 57% studied non-finance-related subjects (e.g. maths, economics or finance).
  • For more details about Investment2020 visit: https://investment2020.org.uk/

About the Investment Association (IA)

  • The IA champions UK asset management, supporting British savers, investors and businesses. Our 250 members manage £7.7 trillion of assets and the asset management industry supports 100,000 jobs across the UK.
  • Our mission is to make investment better. Better for clients, so they achieve their financial goals. Better for companies, so they get the capital they need to grow. And better for the economy, so everyone prospers.
  • Our purpose is to ensure investment managers are in the best possible position to:
    • Build people’s resilience to financial adversity
    • Help people achieve their financial aspirations
    • Enable people to maintain a decent standard of living as they grow older
    • Contribute to economic growth through the efficient allocation of capital.
  • The money our members manage is in a wide variety of investment vehicles including authorised investment funds, pension funds and stocks and shares ISAs.
  • The UK is the second largest investment management centre in the world, after the US and manages 35% of all assets managed in Europe.

For further information, please contact:

For media, to receive the full consultation document, please contact Helen Ayres

Helen Ayres, Communications Manager: [email protected]

T +44 (0)20 7269 4620; M +44 (0)7508 724 066

IA press office: [email protected]

About the Investment Association (IA):

  • The IA champions UK asset management, supporting British savers, investors and businesses. Our 250 members manage £7.7 trillion of assets and the asset management industry supports 100,000 jobs across the UK.
  • Our mission is to make investment better. Better for clients, so they achieve their financial goals. Better for companies, so they get the capital they need to grow. And better for the economy, so everyone prospers.
  • Our purpose is to ensure investment managers are in the best possible position to:
    • Build people’s resilience to financial adversity
    • Help people achieve their financial aspirations
    • Enable people to maintain a decent standard of living as they grow older
    • Contribute to economic growth through the efficient allocation of capital.
  • The money our members manage is in a wide variety of investment vehicles including authorised investment funds, pension funds and stocks and shares ISAs.
  • The UK is the second largest investment management centre in the world, after the US and manages 35% of all assets managed in Europe.