Jennifer Walmsley

Senior Consultant

Jennifer is responsible for delivery of services to Arkadiko’s clients, working closely with organisations to help develop and implement a long-term relational approach.

Jennifer is passionate about improving relationships in the investment chain, whether between fund managers and companies or pension funds and their beneficiaries. She has extensive experience of working at board level with some of the largest companies globally representing major asset owners.

She has spent much of her career working in and with the investment management industry with a focus on helping organisations better meet the needs of their ultimate clients, the asset owners, and brings a valuable perspective on the regulatory landscape.

After graduating from Oxford University, Jennifer became a financial journalist, training first with the Economist Group before joining Euromoney magazine where she covered the banking industry as Western Europe Editor.

In 2003, she joined the shareholder engagement team at Hermes Investment Management, and went on to spend over twelve years with the firm. During that time, she covered most major geographies, interacting at board level with companies in Hermes clients’ portfolios on issues relating to strategic, financial, social, environmental and governance risk.

She was instrumental in the establishment of Hermes EOS and in 2013 became a director and head of the team of 14 engagement specialists. She was a member of the Hermes EOS executive with responsibility for managing relationships with some of its most significant clients, as well as heading business development activities in the UK and Switzerland.

Jennifer represented Hermes EOS on various external bodies and committees including the Advisory panel to the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board and the NAPF Shareholder Advisory Group. She also served as the deputy chair of the Enhanced Analytics Initiative, was a member of the FRC’s complexity advisory panel and several ICAEW convened committees on audit quality.

From 2011 to 2015 she was a member of Lloyds’ Banking Group’s stakeholder advisory panel, providing advice and independent challenge to the board of Lloyds on sustainable business issues.

In 2015, she joined the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) as Director of Investor Engagement where she was responsible for designing and implementing a strategic investor communications strategy. She successfully extended both the breadth and depth of the FRC’s relationships with this key stakeholder group, overseeing and directing investor outreach to ensure effective communications.

Jennifer also acts as a mentor for students at the London-based School for Social Entrepreneurs, is a volunteer coach for Parent Gym, the philanthropic arm of The Mind Gym, and serves as a charity trustee.