Women in the UK funds industry featured in 2015's New Year's Honours List, with two top names receiving CBEs for their services to finance.
Elizabeth Corley (pictured left), chief executive of Allianz Global Investors, and Anne Richards (pictured right), global chief investment officer (CIO) at Aberdeen Asset Management, were both recognised in the annual list.
Corley was named CBE for her services to the financial sector and has worked for Allianz Global Investors since 2005, becoming global chief executive officer in January 2012.
Corley holds the role of non-executive director at the Financial Reporting Council, and is a member of the supervisory board of credit insurance company, Euler Hermes, and the advisory council of private-sector association, TheCityUK.
She is also a member of the British Museum Investment Committee and a member of the Future of Finance Advisory Council, which oversees the CFA Institute's Future of Finance initiative.
Richards, who received her CBE for services to the financial services industry and voluntary work, has been CIO and head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Aberdeen Asset Management since 2003. She chairs the Aberdeen Asset Management Charitable Foundation, which focuses on helping emerging markets and local communities.
Outside of her roles at Aberdeen, Richards has volunteered as a member of the steering committee for the 30 Per Cent Club, an organisation launched in 2010 with the aim of having women represent 30% of all FTSE 100 boards by the end of 2015.
She is also chairperson of the Switzerland-based CERN and Society Foundation, which is a charitable branch of CERN, an organisation that conducts nuclear research. Richards worked as a research fellow at CERN for three years after finishing her studies at the University of Edinburgh, where she is now a vice convener. She also holds the role of director for insurance company, esure.
Corley and Richards are both past winners of Funds Europe awards, with Richards also presenting an award in 2014 to Helena Morrissey of Newton Investment Management.
Other members of the finance industry represented in the New Year's Honours this year included Standard Life Investment's global strategy head, Andrew Milligan, who received an order of the British Empire for services to innovation and the economy. Economist Dr Ruth Lea received the same accolade for services to the financial and economic sectors.
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