City Hive, the network dedicated to improving diversity and inclusion in asset management, has appointed Mandy Kirby as co-founder and chief strategist.
Kirby has been a crucial driving force in improving transparency in the global asset management industry through her most recent role at the leading global investor organisation promoting responsible investment, the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and boasts a wealth of experience in campaigning for a fairer workplace.
Outside her professional career, Kirby has pursued her passion for diversity and inclusion through her membership of the Women’s Equality Party.
Her appointment will promote a more equal and inclusive culture that allows everyone in the asset and investment management industry to be rewarded on merit.
Alongside Kirby’s appointment, City Hive has announced its board of high-profile advisers from across the investment community as part of its official launch.
The board of advisers consists of: Tarne Bevan, interim investments chief operating officer at GAM Investments; David Butt, founder of Marshall Street Advisors; Maike Currie, director at Fidelity International; Sam Gold, head of Intermediary Business Development at Schroders; Lawrence Gosling, editorial director at Vitesse Media; Dawn Kendall, MD and fund manager at SQN Asset Management; Jake Moeller, head of UK & Ireland Research at Refinitiv; Justin Onuekwusi, head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds at Legal & General Investment Management; Mona Shah, director, Investment Strategy & Research at Stonehage Fleming; and Selina Tyler, head of Wholesale at Mirabaud Asset Management.
The board members will help City Hive achieve its vision of a more inclusive asset management sector as the organisation steps up its campaigning efforts.
These announcements come as City Hive launches its new brand identity and website: www.CityHive.co.uk.
Bev Shah, the fund selector who founded City Hive in 2016, said: “With Kirby and our board of advisers, City Hive will be able to build on its early success of opening up the debate surrounding diversity and inclusion in our sector. There’s no doubt the message is now being heard but the real work is just beginning – and enacting change is a whole different matter.”