We are delighted to introduce the Stonehage Fleming XV, a celebration of 15 extraordinary women and their achievements.

Our vision is to create a community where women can connect, learn and collaborate through shared ideas and experiences.

The ‘SFXV’, all UK-based and working in a variety of sectors, represent the next chapter of wealth. The curation of this list is our enthusiastic endorsement of their talent, creativity and leadership.

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The SFXV will be identified through a rigorous assessment by a panel of eight judges of high repute – four of whom will act as an ambassador of one of the Four Pillars of Capital: financial, social, cultural and intellectual.

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Celebrating 15 women who embody Stonehage Fleming’s Four Pillars of Capital

Endorsing talent, expertise and leadership among a network of peers

Championing equity, diversity and inclusion

CRITERIA

Since 2015, we have published three ‘Four Pillars of Capital’ research reports, based on insights gleaned from extensive client research. Based on this and our long experience of working with wealthy individuals and families, we believe that the Four Pillars provide a vital foundation to help achieve sustainable intergenerational success. They provide the practical framework for defining and setting the criteria for SFXV submissions as listed below.

For practical reasons, candidates should reside in the UK, although there is no requirement for them to be a British citizen. They may have global interests and/or run businesses with international reach. The judging process is sector agnostic and there is no upper or lower age limit.

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FINANCIAL CAPITAL

Someone who has – either in their own right or as part of an organisation or organisations – built up assets that represent significant financial value.

  • This person embodies real entrepreneurialism. Whether or not they have sold their business.

  • Having their name associated with an enterprise adds tangible value to any brand they represent.

  • They may have sold a business or have amassed significant net worth and/or run an existing business with a market capital or annual turnover of at least £5m.

INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL

Someone who applies their knowledge and expertise to lead and empower others.

  • An expert in her field, this person may have published articles or received industry accolades, made breakthroughs, innovations or made changes for good in their industry.

  • She has a track record of imparting expertise to others in order to promote the development of their careers and overall wellbeing.

  • Her expertise has contributed directly to the success of her business or businesses and has created a lasting legacy.

SOCIAL CAPITAL

Someone who engages with and supports the communities in which they live and work, making a wider positive impact on society.

  • This person engages with the communities in which their business or businesses operate – sharing both financial and intellectual capital for the greater good. Examples may include volunteering or running a charitable foundation.

  • She is involved in or has been involved in real initiatives to help improve and support communities.

  • She advocates for equity, inclusion and diversity in her professional and/or personal capacity including writing articles, hosting events and/or creating other platforms for promotion.

CULTURAL CAPITAL

Someone who brings people together by identifying and promoting shared perspectives either, or both, in her professional life and her cultural contribution to society.

  • The individual is recognised as a leader.

  • Under her direction, she has engendered a strong culture which identifies shared perspectives of her stakeholders and results in a strong common purpose.

  • She is a force for cultural good within society, demonstrable through cultural initiatives, views expressed, third party testimonials in the press or from colleagues and any awards won.

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FINANCIAL CAPITAL

Someone who has – either in their own right or as part of an organisation or organisations – built up assets that represent significant financial value.

  • This person embodies real entrepreneurialism. Whether or not they have sold their business.

  • Having their name associated with an enterprise adds tangible value to any brand they represent.

  • They may have sold a business or have amassed significant net worth and/or run an existing business with a market capital or annual turnover of at least £5m.

CULTURAL CAPITAL

Someone who brings people together by identifying and promoting shared perspectives either, or both, in her professional life and her cultural contribution to society.

  • The individual is recognised as a leader.

  • Under her direction, she has engendered a strong culture which identifies shared perspectives of her stakeholders and results in a strong common purpose.

  • She is a force for cultural good within society, demonstrable through cultural initiatives, views expressed, third party testimonials in the press or from colleagues and any awards won.

INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL

Someone who applies their knowledge and expertise to lead and empower others.

  • An expert in her field, this person may have published articles or received industry accolades, made breakthroughs, innovations or made changes for good in their industry.

  • She has a track record of imparting expertise to others in order to promote the development of their careers and overall wellbeing.

  • Her expertise has contributed directly to the success of her business or businesses and has created a lasting legacy.

SOCIAL CAPITAL

Someone who engages with and supports the communities in which they live and work, making a wider positive impact on society.

  • This person engages with the communities in which their business or businesses operate – sharing both financial and intellectual capital for the greater good. Examples may include volunteering or running a charitable foundation.

  • She is involved in or has been involved in real initiatives to help improve and support communities.

  • She advocates for equity, inclusion and diversity in her professional and/or personal capacity including writing articles, hosting events and/or creating other platforms for promotion.

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Vick Hope

TV and radio presenter, journalist and published author

A Nigerian-Geordie with a Cambridge degree, Vick Hope is a multilingual, multi-skilled and multifaceted presenter making waves in the world of broadcast, an industry she has worked in since she was 19 years old. Sunday Times Style have dubbed Vick ‘a new voice of a generation’ after cementing herself as a BBC Radio 1 favourite presenting two national shows each week ‘Life Hacks’ and ‘The Official Chart: First Look’.

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Caroline Michel

CEO & Literary & Talent Agent

Caroline Michel has been the CEO of PFD since 2007. Before that she headed up the William Morris Agency in London for three years. She has over 25 years’ worth of experience in the industry and ran both Vintage at Random House and Harper Press at HarperCollins. She is Chair of the Hay Literary Festival, Chair of the BFI Trust and was a Trustee of Somerset House. She is also a Fellow of the RSA, Vice President of the London Library and sits on the Arts and Media Honours Committee.

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Myriam Vander Elst

Chief Engagement Officer at Epic Foundation

Myriam Vander Elst is the Chief Engagement Officer, Executive Committee & UK Board member at Epic Foundation - a global non-profit start-up which backs outstanding non-profits and social innovation to change the lives of disadvantaged youth. She is also a Board Member at ETX Studio and a Supervisory Board Member at 17Capital.

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Marcela Navarro

CEO & Co-Founder of Project X Global

Marcela has over 25 years' experience in systems change, innovative finance and impact. She is a recognised leader in purpose-led transformation models and execution. Prior to co-founding Project X, a certified bcorp, which mission is to shift $1.3 trillion from unsustainable to sustainable procurement, Marcela was a member of the RBS Corporate Banking Board and a member of the ABN AMRO Bank Senior Leadership Team. Broad international outlook having worked in Colombia, Brazil, USA and UK. Adviser to CEOs. Passionate about complexity and adoption of sustainable innovation at scale so that the world can sustain itself.

A Nigerian-Geordie with a Cambridge degree, Vick Hope is a multilingual, multi-skilled and multifaceted presenter making waves in the world of broadcast, an industry she has worked in since she was 19 years old. Sunday Times Style have dubbed Vick ‘a new voice of a generation’ after cementing herself as a BBC Radio 1 favourite presenting two national shows each week ‘Life Hacks’ and ‘The Official Chart: First Look’.

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Caroline Michel has been the CEO of PFD since 2007. Before that she headed up the William Morris Agency in London for three years. She has over 25 years’ worth of experience in the industry and ran both Vintage at Random House and Harper Press at HarperCollins. She is Chair of the Hay Literary Festival, Chair of the BFI Trust and was a Trustee of Somerset House. She is also a Fellow of the RSA, Vice President of the London Library and sits on the Arts and Media Honours Committee.

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Myriam Vander Elst is the Chief Engagement Officer, Executive Committee & UK Board member at Epic Foundation - a global non-profit start-up which backs outstanding non-profits and social innovation to change the lives of disadvantaged youth. She is also a Board Member at ETX Studio and a Supervisory Board Member at 17Capital.

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Marcela has over 25 years' experience in systems change, innovative finance and impact. She is a recognised leader in purpose-led transformation models and execution. Prior to co-founding Project X, a certified bcorp, which mission is to shift $1.3 trillion from unsustainable to sustainable procurement, Marcela was a member of the RBS Corporate Banking Board and a member of the ABN AMRO Bank Senior Leadership Team. Broad international outlook having worked in Colombia, Brazil, USA and UK. Adviser to CEOs. Passionate about complexity and adoption of sustainable innovation at scale so that the world can sustain itself.

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Chris Merry

CEO Stonehage at Stonehage Fleming

Chris Merry has an impressive career that has spanned both financial and professional services businesses. Prior to joining Stonehage Fleming he served five years as CEO of Ipes, prior to which he held CEO roles at RSM Tenon, the UK accounting firm later acquired by Baker Tilly, and at Matrix Group.Chris has an impressive career that has spanned both financial and professional services businesses.

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Natalie Campbell

Member of the Stonehage Fleming UK Advisory Board & CO-CEO at Belu

Natalie Campbell is an award-winning social entrepreneur and broadcaster and is currently CEO of Belu, a drinks business that puts people and the environment first. Natalie is on the Stonehage Fleming UK Advisory Board.

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Guy Hudson

Head of Marketing and Communications at Stonehage Fleming

Guy Hudson is the Head of Marketing and Communications at Stonehage Fleming and has more than 37 years’ experience in asset and wealth management. He is also responsible for leading the firm's Reputation Management service.

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Mona Shah

Head of Sustainable Investments at Stonehage Fleming

Mona Shah is a Head of Sustainable Investments at Stonehage Fleming and acts as portfolio manager to the firm’s multi-asset and equity-only sustainable investment strategies.

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Chris Merry has an impressive career that has spanned both financial and professional services businesses. Prior to joining Stonehage Fleming he served five years as CEO of Ipes, prior to which he held CEO roles at RSM Tenon, the UK accounting firm later acquired by Baker Tilly, and at Matrix Group.Chris has an impressive career that has spanned both financial and professional services businesses.

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Natalie Campbell is an award-winning social entrepreneur and broadcaster and is currently CEO of Belu, a drinks business that puts people and the environment first. Natalie is on the Stonehage Fleming UK Advisory Board.

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Guy Hudson is the Head of Marketing and Communications at Stonehage Fleming and has more than 37 years’ experience in asset and wealth management. He is also responsible for leading the firm's Reputation Management service.

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Mona Shah is a Head of Sustainable Investments at Stonehage Fleming and acts as portfolio manager to the firm’s multi-asset and equity-only sustainable investment strategies.

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