Regulators dominate list of top women

Kasmira Jefford
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AS THE coalition and other governments around the world push through reforms to address the last financial crisis, a new survey lists the women at the forefront of the decision making and trying to shape the regulatory environment.

The annual table of the 100 most influential women released today by Financial News is dominated by women setting financial policy and negotiating new rules.

Of the 100 women on the list, a fifth are actively involved in regulatory reform. These include Sharon Bowles, the Liberal Democrat member of the European Parliament who as chair of the European Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee is arguably the UK’s foremost representative in Europe.

More than a sixth of women on the list are chief executives in investment banking, asset management, private equity, pensions, as well as in regulation.

A champion of women in the boardroom, Helena Morrissey, chief executive of Newton Investment Management, was awarded a CBE in January for her services to business.

The list also names three chairmen and six chief operating, investment and financial officers. Some 10 are partners, while five run firms they founded while more than half are heads of their departments.