Diversity and Inclusion

Workplace diversity and inclusion is about acknowledging, understanding, supporting, and celebrating different perspectives, backgrounds, and ideas that individuals bring to Whitehelm. Whitehelm also believes that a diverse and inclusive environment contributes to better outcomes for our investors.

While we excel in many areas of diversity and inclusion, we are dedicated to continuous improvement. We have developed and implemented a diversity strategy and measure our progress annually.

Whitehelm’s Diversity Targets are as follows:

  1. achieve at least 30% female representation at Senior Investment Director and above by 2023;
  2. maintain equal gender balance at Investment Director and below; and
  3. maintain a high level of cultural diversity.

When we signed up to the Women in Finance Charter in June 2019 we had 20% female representation in senior management. As at June 2020 we have 21% female representation in senior management. We believe we are on track to meet our Charter target by our deadline.

We are committed to gender and cultural diversity at all levels and do this in a number of ways:

  • We have a Diversity Working Group made up of representatives from across the business
  • The Working Group drives the diversity strategy
  • Professional and leadership development
  • Talent management
  • Specific diversity-focussed recruitment strategies
  • Competitive parental leave
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Strong Board and Management support for the initiative

#100blackinterns Programme

Whitehelm Capital is proud to be supporting the #100blackinterns programme in the UK. Every year the programme will offer at least 100 internships to black students and recent graduates in investment management for the next five years. The initiative has been started because of a lack of Black portfolio managers with it estimated that there are just 12 Black portfolio managers currently running money in the UK. This programme is seen as the most sustainable way of creating long term change, leading to an increase in the number of Black portfolio managers.

As part of the programme, next summer we will host a six week internship for a black student or recent graduate to give them a valuable insight into investment management and to equip them with the skills required to excel in the industry. To find out more about the programme, including how to apply, go to the website: https://www.100blackinterns.com/

Women in Finance Charter

As part of our commitment to gender diversity here at Whitehelm, we are proud to be signatories to the UK’s Women in Finance Charter. This Charter is a commitment by HM Treasury and signatory firms to work together to build a more balanced and fair industry. Our commitment to charter reflects our aspiration to see gender balance at all levels across financial service firms.

ILPA Diversity in Action Initiative

We are proud to be a signatory of the ILPA Diversity in Action initiative, sharing a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the private equity industry. Membership of this initiative supports us on our journey to becoming more diverse and inclusive both within Whitehelm and the industry more broadly.