Equality and Diversity

International Women's Day Annual Lectures

The University's annual lecture series to celebrate International Women's Day includes 'inspiring women speakers' of international reputation.


A video capture of the lecture held on 7 March 2018 is now available below in the section 'Previous Lectures'.


Following the success of our previous seven annual public Lectures, the speaker for the eighth in the series of our International Women's Day Lectures in  2018 is Anne Richards, CVO, CBE, FRSE Chief Executive Officer of M&G Investments, and Vice-Convener of University of Edinburgh Court.  The theme for the lecture is “Investing for everyone - can Finance help close the gender equality gap?”

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Mathieson will be in attendance, and is delighted to be providing the Lecture welcome and opening address, and Vice-Principal People and Culture, Professor Jane Norman, is  very much looking forward to Chairing the event.

The Lecture is being held on the on the eve of IWD on the evening of 7th March 2018, from 6.30pm (doors open at 6.00pm), in McEwan Hall, Teviot Place. https://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/maps?building=mcewan-hall

The event is free but ticketed, and you can book via Eventrbrite at: https://uoeiwd2018.eventbrite.co.uk



Anne Richards IWD


Anne is the Chief Executive of M&G, a position she has held since June 2016 and Deputy Chief Executive M&G Prudential, since October 2017. Before joining M&G, Anne was Global Chief Investment Officer and Head of the EMEA region for Aberdeen Asset Management PLC. Anne graduated with a first class honours degree in electronics and electrical engineering from the University of Edinburgh, and began her career as a research fellow in Geneva at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, CERN, before joining the technology consultancy Cambridge Consultants.

After gaining her MBA with distinction from Insead in France, she became an analyst for Alliance Capital in 1992 and then moved into portfolio management with roles at JPMorgan Investment Management and Mercury Asset Management. She joined the Board of Edinburgh Fund Managers as Chief Investment Officer and Joint Managing Director in 2002, and continued as CIO of Aberdeen Asset Management following its acquisition of Edinburgh Fund Managers in 2003.

Anne is Vice Convener of the Court of Edinburgh University, Chair of the CERN & Society Foundation and Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority Practitioner Panel. She is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an Honorary Fellow of the CFA Institute (UK) and holds an honorary degree from Heriot-Watt University.

Anne is also on the Board of Leaders of 2020 Women on Boards, a US organisation which aims to increase the proportion of women on corporate boards. From 2012-2016 Anne was a non-Executive Director of Esure Group. She is also on the Steering Committee of the 30% Club.

Anne was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2014, and a CBE in 2015, for services to the financial services industry and voluntary service. In September 2017 she was placed at Number 47 on the Fortune Most Powerful Women International List.


Other Events

Other University International Women's Day, and Equality events at:



Previous Lectures

Videos of all IWD lectures:

Anne Richards Lecture 2018 (Media Hopper)

Anne Richards Lecture - YouTube version

Dr Catherine Calderwood Lecture 2017 

Professor Anneila Sargent Lecture 2015