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Diversity and Inclusion

Liontrust believes that a diverse workforce promotes innovation and growth through independent thinking and new ideas, as well as engaging existing and prospective employees, partners and clients.

Liontrust’s Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policies outline that all Liontrust employees (temporary and permanent), partners, contract workers and job applicants are treated fairly and are offered equal opportunity in selection, training, career development, promotion and remuneration.

The Liontrust Asset Management PLC Board regularly reviews the gender split across the company and has asked management to address the issue of underrepresentation of women in senior management. Liontrust has improved the diversity of the Board over the last few years and will continue to work to ensure the composition of the Board and the workforce as a whole is representative of wider society.

As part of the Executive Directors’ strategic objectives, there is a commitment to gender-balanced shortlists of candidates at the beginning of a recruitment process. Senior management have been working to put in place the strategies, policy and culture changes required to address the gender balance and gap at Liontrust and we have seen a 5% swing towards women over the last year (2020 to 2021 financial year).

Liontrust will continue to make progress in our recruitment practices and development of a pipeline of talented and diverse employees through both an internship programme and through coaching and mentoring.

Policies and reports

"Liontrust celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March 2022 by acknowledging the excellence of all the women at the company."

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Liontrust’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, chaired by our COO, provides feedback and recommendations to the Management Committee, Nomination Committee and the Liontrust Asset Management PLC Board.

The purpose of the Committee is to look at the challenges and opportunities around the following topics:

  • Preventing and eliminating discrimination, including unconscious bias

  • Raising awareness of the importance and benefits of diversity enhancing our culture and innovation

  • Ensuring policies and procedures promote diversity across the company Increasing awareness through training, mentoring and coaching

  • Highlighting changes required to promote diversity

  • Attracting people from diverse backgrounds to join Liontrust and the asset management industry in general

  • The Committee meets monthly as we work to make progress across this important area. This will form part of the overall diversity strategy

Liontrust initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion

Liontrust has been taking a number of actions to increase diversity and inclusion and to continue to raise awareness of the importance of building a workplace that fosters inclusion and equality for all. These initiatives include:

International Women’s Day (IWD)

Liontrust celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March 2022 by acknowledging the excellence of all the women at the company. This included Liontrust hosting a Women’s Forum Discussion, in which Mandy Donald (Non-Executive Director), Clare Prince (Head of Product) and Victoria Stevens (Fund Manager on the Economic Advantage team), chaired by Harriet Parker (Investment Manager on the Sustainable Investment Team), discussed their perspectives on “Breaking the Bias”. Staff at Liontrust were able to ask questions. The webinar was followed by a networking event for all women at Liontrust.

The Xavi Art Exhibition – Black History Month

Xavier Leopold, a member of the Liontrust Trading team, launched his first solo exhibition entitled ‘The Xavi Art Exhibition - Black History Month’. Sponsored by Liontrust and hosted at gallery@OXO on the South Bank, it attracted approximately 1,500 visitors over four days. Xavier took it upon himself to drive social topics centred around mental health within the black community, and Liontrust supported his agenda.

Maternity and Paternity policies

The work of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in conjunction with HR led to Liontrust enhancing our Maternity and Paternity policies.