women in investment

The investment industry offers lots of interesting and rewarding jobs to women with different skills and interests. Meet some of our ambassadors and find out what they do and their advice for you!


Meet the professionals
Lynne Lamont

Lynne Lamont

Head of Charities (Scotland) Brewin Dolphin

Lynne entered a career in Investment management quite by accident, taking up a graduate trainee investment manager role with Newton Investment whilst waiting for PhD funding to come through! She is now a senior leader in Brewin’s Edinburgh office which manages £5bn of assets for a wide range of clients. Lynne loves working with charity clients and regularly takes part in fundraising for clients and is passionate about making their reserves work for them.

Lynne’s advice for girls:

Be brave, be bold, be yourself – speak up, because your ideas matter, you matter and you have a lot to offer.

Why choose a career in investment?

There are so many areas you can go into, whether you like numbers and spreadsheets, or prefer being creative, there is no end to the possible job types available to you in investments and financial services.

Selassi Spence

Selassi Spence

Institutional Relationship Associate Stewart Investors

Selassi works in a client-facing team looking after “Institutional clients” like universities, pension funds and foundations. Her team explains to these clients how Stewart Investors have invested money on their behalf.  She also works to build relationships with new clients.

Selassi’s advice for girls:

Keep asking people in investment what they do – you’d be surprised to find some unfamiliar job titles have a creative side that you could see yourself doing too!

Jacqui Tsang-Barnett

Jacqui Barnett

Head of Technical Regulatory Advice Compliance, Santander Asset Management

As a trainee accountant, Jacqui worked for Deloitte specialising in asset management and asset servicing. In her career, she has worked across all three lines of defence. She now leads Santander Asset Management UK’s compliance advisory team, which advises the business on regulatory change and interpretation of industry or regulatory requirements. 

Jacqui’s advice for girls:

No matter what you choose to do in your career, be your best self. Wherever your professional journey takes you, stand by your personal integrity and values.

Why choose a career in investment?

So you really want to change the world? Consider investment management. Not only does the sector play a critical role in the UK economy, overseeing the savings and investments of millions of individuals, there has never been a greater focus on responsible and sustainable investing including investment decisions that are a driving force for change.

Fiona Ker

Fiona Ker

Senior Investment Associate Ruffer LLP

Fiona works for Ruffer LLP, a firm which manages investments for individuals, charities and institutions (such as pension schemes). Her role involves helping to manage investment portfolios, keeping up to date on global current affairs and communicating with her clients.

Fiona’s advice for girls:

My advice is to be open-minded and curious about working in Finance – it wasn’t something I thought I would end up doing, but I really enjoy my job.

Why choose a career in investment?

Because the financial services sector needs you!

Catriona Lawlor

Analyst - Foreign Exchange Trading, Baillie Gifford

Graduating in Sports Science from University of Strathclyde, Catriona worked for a couple of years in the hospitality industry before joining Morgan Stanley’s Operations Graduate Programme in Glasgow. She now works on the trading desk at Baillie Gifford, focused on buying and selling foreign currencies on behalf of Baillie Gifford’s clients, to support the investments the firm makes for their portfolios.

Why am I a Future Asset Ambassador?

I’m volunteering with Future Asset to hopefully encourage more girls to explore careers in financial services, which for me is such an interesting and exciting industry to be a part of – and one I had no idea about when leaving school!

Ashley-Jane Kitchen, CFA

Investment Analyst, Walter Scott

As an Investment Analyst at Walter Scott, Ashley-Jane researches companies and tries to find ones that she believes are good investments for her clients over the long term.

Ashley Jane’s advice for girls:

Don’t doubt yourself, be confident in your abilities and in yourself, and always speak up!

Why choose a career in investment?

It’s such an interesting career, you are always learning something new, the environment is constantly changing, and you get the opportunity to meet with senior people at big companies.