Helena Morrissey appointed a dame

For Investment Association chair Helena Morrissey has been appointed a dame in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Morrissey, who is head of personal investing at Legal & General Investment Management, received the honour for services to diversity in financial services, The Times reports.

In 2010 she found the 30 per cent Club to campaign for greater diversity on company boards and she also chairs the Diversity Project, which aims to encourage a more inclusive culture in the investment and savings industry.

Speaking on her honour, Morrissey says: “For so many years, so many women have been criticised, punished even, rather than honoured for their work on gender equality — it feels such a wonderful sign of progress to be awarded a Damehood for just doing my small part.

“It makes me feel very confident about the future for young women — and grateful to all those who have preceded me.”

Morrissey was appointed a CBE in 2012 for her contribution to British business.

Hargreaves Lansdown co-founder Stephen Lansdown also featured in the honours with a CBE for services to business and the community in Bristol.