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Diversity & Inclusion

Q&A with the IAM Proud SteerCo

26 November 2018

Why Diversity & Inclusion matters at IAM

Our approach to diversity is to create an environment where everyone feels able to express themselves fully and openly.

Studies have found that people who do not work in an inclusive environment, reported a 30% decrease in productivity (Financial Times, May 2014).

This is why IAM Proud is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within the firm; so our colleagues who identify as LGBT+ are free to be themselves.

The network is starting in London through the initiative of a group of employees, but let us know if there is enthusiasm and interest elsewhere.

What do you love about your job?

Graham: The variety and, undoubtedly, the people. There are never two days the same and at IAM, I feel lucky to be surrounded by a lot of talented, smart people who are, for the most part, without an ego.

Matt: My team! I think they rock.

Charlie: Being able to apply creative solutions to business problems. And always finding a way to put lipstick on any pig.

What is the most important career decision you have made?

Matt: Tough one but probably leaving Deutsche Asset Management. I’d only been there a 6 months when I realised this was not the right place for me. Then I found Investec :D

James: Moving to London was the most important career decision, as I’ve been able to create a career I otherwise wouldn’t have back in Australia.

Which one piece of information do people not know about you?

Matt: I’m terrified of wasps.

James: Florence Nightingale is a distant, distant relation to me.

Graham: Nothing – I have a tendency to overshare.

What would you tell your teenage self?

Graham: Life is not a dress rehearsal - it is something that resonates with me every day.

Matt: Worry less about what other people think of you and focus more on what you think of yourself.

Charlie: Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you are trying to figure out who you are. It’s important to continue to experiment and be yourself, but also realise that you are not alone; it does get better. Listen to the advice of people who love you (your sisters were right, eyeliner was not your best look).

Who would be your source of inspiration?

Graham: My best friend Ellie, who passed away from breast cancer at the age of 28. I have never known anyone with as much determination, grit and good humour in the face of adversity.

Charlie: My sister Clemmie who is CEO of a £22bn investment manager. She may only be 37, and look about 14, but you’re a fool if you underestimate this “girl”.

James: A colleague in Cape Town who was brought up on the Cape Flats. She now tutors and mentors younger girls growing up in the same area. She is my source of inspiration, because of the kindness she shows to others.

Matt: Margaret Thatcher. She persevered even in the face of extreme adversity and always put the UK first in her decision making.

As a member of the IAM Proud Steering Committee, why is diversity important to you and IAM?

Graham: Aside from the overriding feeling that it is the ‘right thing to do’, we operate in diverse global markets and having diversity of thought and experience from different backgrounds is crucial for us to being the best that we can be as a firm.

James: It’s important to show diversity at IAM because a company needs to reflect its staff – we all come from different backgrounds, religions, countries. A company that looks and thinks the same, will only miss out on opportunity!

Charlie: Diversity forces you to challenge your preconceptions about nearly everything. It’s an amazing feeling when you realise you were totally wrong about someone (for the better). We all have something in common, we just need to look a little harder with some people.


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