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Mark Burgess

Mark is responsible for the execution of Columbia Threadneedle’s ‘Gender Action Plan’, aiming  to drive improvement in gender balance across the business through a combination of advocacy, training and development, new recruitment policies and flexible working guidelines and support. This has resulted in 45% of the company board, 42% of the regional Executive Committee and 20% of senior management being women. Mark’s team has also launched an inclusive women’s network, ‘Aloud’. One of the main initiatives that Mark has spearheaded with the network is the formation of mentoring circles which allow junior/mid-level women to reverse-mentor senior leaders within the organisation whilst also being mentored themselves. Mark is proud that Columbia Threadneedle Investments EMEA became the first European asset manager to disclose gender data in 2015 and acted as a founding signatory of HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter. Externally, Mark is a trustee of Access Sport, a charity which aims to harness the proven power of sport to tackle social exclusion, inactivity and obesity, and is Chairman of LIFEbeat, which aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of young people.

Mark Burgess

Mark is responsible for the execution of Columbia Threadneedle’s “Gender Action Plan”, a plan which aims to drive improvement in gender balance across the business through a combination of advocacy, training and development, new recruitment policies and flexible working guidelines and support. Mark personally act as a mentor to the female graduates that he hires in the Investments team through Columbia Threadneedle’s partnership with Investment 2020. This early intervention in their careers provides them with the necessary platform and support to set them up for success and opens up a range of opportunities to gain knowledge and experience.

Mark Burgess

Mark has overall accountability for improving gender diversity and inclusion in Columbia Threadneedle’s EMEA business. He is responsible for achieving the gender targets set out in their “Gender Action Plan”, which aims to drive improvement in gender balance across the business through a combination of advocacy, training and development, new recruitment policies and flexible working guidelines and support. He has made great strides in this area, with 33% of the company board, 29% of the regional Executive Committee and 29% of the investment professionals being female. Externally, Mark is a trustee of Access Sport, which aims to harness the proven power of sport to tackle social exclusion, inactivity and obesity in areas where help is most needed. He is also a trustee of LIFEbeat, which aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of young people – giving them the skills and inspiration to overcome challenges and lead confident, healthy and purposeful lives.