How do you support women?
As co-founder and chairman of an international technology investment bank, I am one of very few women at my level of expertise and seniority in our industry. I actively insist on and seek out female candidates when recruiting, with the result that FirstCapital is one of the very few tech investment banks led by women (not only myself – our US office is led by Sheana O’Sullivan), but also with a 40% female workforce.
What is your advice for women?
Investment banking is a demanding job, and there can be both highs and lows. You need to be confident and resilient, with a positive, can-do mindset. The culture can be challenging, whether intentional or not, for women, if only because most banks have such a low proportion of women. However, there is also a great opportunity for women to stand out and be noticed, and it is interesting, challenging, rewarding work.
When you’re not making deals, what is your favorite thing to do?
Outside of work, I have three children aged 18, 16 and 10. I’m a black belt in karate and the former senior JKA England national champion. I also enjoy travel and outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing.