01 November 2017
Smart Pension's head of financial services has been shortlisted for a prestigious new award that recognises women working in the investment industry.
Claire Altman, a financial governance pioneer, who moved from chair of trustees to a full-time position within the workplace pension provider's top team, has been nominated in the Investment Woman of the Year category.
The Inaugural Women in Investment Awards, run by respected financial title Investment Week, seek to inspire and campaign for "greater representation of women both in the investment sector and on company boards."
Claire, who moved into the newly-created role in September after spending two and half years heading up Smart Pension's board of trustees, said:
"The number of women working at a senior level in the investment industry is still, regretfully, very low. That's partly because it is astonishingly rare to find an employer that makes it possible for them to operate at this level while still make time for family life.
"Over the years working first as a lawyer, then moving into trustee work, I have always sought to promote other women in the industry. It would be great if there were more relatable role models for young women in the investment industry and these awards will help with that.
"It's great to be part of this new initiative."
Claire now heads up a department handling industry liaison, policy, strategy and governance as the financial technology firm experiences rapid growth.
The awards are expected to be announced at the end of this month.
Notes to editors
ABOUT SMART PENSION:
Smart Pension is an award-winning, MAF-accredited online auto enrolment provider. It was co-founded in 2014 by Andrew Evans, CEO, and Will Wynne, MD, and launched in May 2015. Its Master Trust is overseen by independent professional trustees with decades of experience supervising large pension schemes. Smart Pension is the fastest auto enrolment platform on the market to sign up with and advisers and employers can use it for free - there are no upfront or ongoing charges for companies or their advisers. Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) took a minority stake in the digital pension platform in 2016, part of a move by LGIM to invest in high-achieving, innovative technology that has a positive impact on the wider UK economy. In June 2017 it was named Fintech Innovation of the Year and overall winner in the Digital Leaders 100 awards, in June 2018 it was named as Master Trust of the Year at the European Pension Awards. www.AutoEnrolment.co.uk