I am the CEO of Redington (www.redington.co.uk).
Redington was co-founded nearly 10 years ago, by entrepreneurs Dawid Konotey-Ahulu & Robert J Gardner, to solve the UK pensions crisis. We are working towards making 100 million people financially secure. Our financial education programme, RedSTART, is working to teach 1 million school children to budget, save, invest and give back by 2025.
Between 2005 and 2012 I held a number of roles at Henderson Global Investors, a FTSE 250 independent fund management company – from Product Specialist, to Director of Business Innovation and Head of Fixed Income. Before Henderson, I worked at Watson Wyatt LLP (now Willis Towers Watson) as an Investment Consultant, specialising in Fixed Income Manager Research. My career began at Aon Consulting as an investment analyst, where I completed the bulk of my actuarial exams (Institute of Actuaries). I qualified from the London School of Economics with a BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Science in 1999. After graduating, I spent a year in India studying at Tatvagnan Vidhyapeeth (School of Philosophy).
For over a decade, I was a volunteer within a global grassroots initiative in human and social development called ‘Swadhyay’, which means study, knowledge and discovery of the self. Volunteers from all walks of life work with a spirit of devotion to empower young people to offer their time, effort and skills in creative and collaborative projects that benefit their communities and also engender self-respect and social responsibility in their own lives. The founder of Swadhyay, Pandurang Shastri Athavale, was a huge inspiration in my life.
I would like to thank the many mentors, guides, coaches and role models that have played a massive role in helping me become the person I am today. I owe so much to these people and many others that have given me their valuable time, guidance and support over the years. They have always believed in me and taught me to believe in myself too.