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Independent inquiry chair announced – Gordon

March 8, 2013 11:18 AM
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Independent inquiry chair announced - Gordon

The Liberal Democrats have today announced that Helena Morrissey has been appointed as the chair of the independent inquiry into culture, process and complaints within the Liberal Democrats.

The review will also look at attitudes towards women in the party, as well as the employment relationship between staff, elected officials and volunteers; training; and how to lead a wider change in Westminster.

Commenting, Chief Executive of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Gordon said:

"Following recent allegations it is clear that we in the Liberal Democrats failed to live up to our political ideals.

"We recognise that we need to adapt how we operate. As a political party which prides itself on equality, we must give everyone confidence they will be treated fairly and equally and that they will be listened to.

"It is vital this review is done independently of the party, in a way which can be frank and can scrutinise thoroughly. I am delighted Helena has agreed to chair the review. She has been a leading light in the development of women and breaking barriers, and I am sure that she will make an immensely positive difference to both our party and to politics."

Commenting further, Helena Morrissey said:

"Too much of our society has operated in old-boys' networks. It leads to an atmosphere where women don't feel valued or listened to. We can only make changes in society when those at the top in business and politics lead by example.

"While prompted in difficult circumstances, this review is a very important step in giving everyone, especially women, a greater confidence in politics and the Liberal Democrats.

"I will be talking to people at all levels of the party to recognise where there have been failings to help guide a culture shift and develop a much more equal and trusting set of standards."


Notes to editors:

Helena Morrissey CBE, Chief Executive Officer Newton Investment Management

Helena joined Newton in 1994 as a fixed income fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. During her time running Newton's bond funds she was two-time winner of Investment Week's Global Bond Fund Manager of the year.

Helena is involved in many aspects of the UK fund management industry and was named the Financial News 'Most Influential Woman in European Asset Management' in 2010. She was the first female director of the UK's Investment Management Association, serving from 2005 till 2012. She represents the investment industry on the FSA's Practitioner Panel, a statutory body providing input to the regulators from practitioners' perspectives.

She is a member of the University of Cambridge Endowment Investment Board and chairman of the Eve Appeal, which funds research into gynaecological cancers. Helena is also the Chair of the Corporate Board of the Royal Academy of Arts.

In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a cross-business initiative aimed at achieving 30% women on UK corporate boards by 2015 through voluntary, business-led change. She was appointed CBE in the 2012 New Year's Honours list.

A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career as a global bond analyst with Schroders in New York. She is married with nine children.