Helena Morrissey

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Dame Helena Morrissey

Helena Louise Atkins

(1966-03-22) 22 March 1966 (age 53)
Bowdon, Cheshire, England
ResidenceNotting Hill, London, England
EducationBishop Luffa School
Alma materFitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Home townChichester, Sussex, England
Richard Morrissey (m. 1990)
Children9, including Flo Morrissey

Dame Helena Louise Morrissey DBE (née Atkins; 22 March 1966)[1] is a British financier and campaigner.

Early life[edit]

Morrissey was born in Bowdon, Cheshire in 1966.[2] She grew up near Chichester, and was educated at Bishop Luffa School.[2][3] Both of her parents were teachers.[3]

Morrissey studied philosophy at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.[2][3]


Morrissey began her career at the New York and London bond desks at Schroders. Finding her career path blocked there, she moved to Newton Investment Management in the early 1990s[4] as a fixed income fund manager.[5][6]

Morrissey became Newton's chief executive;[4] as of 2015, it manages £47 billion of assets.[7]

She is Head of Personal Investing at Legal & General Investment Management, which has over £1 trillion of assets under management (2019).


In 2010, Morrissey established the 30% Club to campaign for greater female representation on company boards. She is a trustee at the Eve Appeal, which raises money for gynaecological cancers, and she is a former chairperson of the corporate board of the Royal Academy of Arts.[8]


In 2016, Morrissey was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cambridge.[9]

Morrissey was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to UK business and promoted Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to diversity in financial services.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Morrissey and her husband, Richard, a former financial journalist and former Buddhist priest, are the parents of nine children, three boys and six girls, one of whom is Flo Morrissey.[4][12][13] They met whilst both studying at Cambridge.[3]

They live in Notting Hill, London.[3][14]


  1. ^ "HELENA LOUISE MORRISSEY - LONDON - CHIEF EXEC OFFICER, NEWTON". Checkcompany.co.uk. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Bawden, Tom (21 January 2011). "Friday interview: City superwoman fights for boardroom equality". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Hodge, Gavanndra (25 February 2016). "Mega-mum mega-fund manager: Helena Morrissey". Tatler. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Jardine, Cassandra (17 October 2011). "Helena Morrissey: 'I thought we'd stop at five children'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Meet the management group". Newton. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  6. ^ Jones, Sarah (12 August 2016). "Helena Morrissey Steps Down From Newton CEO Role After 15 Years". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  7. ^ "About us". Newton. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  8. ^ Lewis, Helen (27 March 2015). "Helena Morrissey: 'If I was doing it for a popularity contest, I probably wouldn't say anything'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Helena Morrissey: University Honorary Degree" (PDF). Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Summer 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  10. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 8.
  11. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B7.
  12. ^ Radnor, Abigail (3 February 2018). "Helena Morrissey: 'We have nine children. I plan every day on a whiteboard'". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  13. ^ Urbi, Jaden (25 June 2018). "One of the most powerful women in finance oversees nearly $1 trillion — and also has 9 kids". CNBC. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  14. ^ Hattersley, Giles (20 January 2018). "Trading Up: City Of London's High-Flying Female Execs". Vogue. Retrieved 9 August 2018.