Women need to “go for as much as possible” if they want to get ahead in financial services, according to Helm Godfrey’s Susie Foottit, as the sector can be a “fantastic” place for women to work.

Foottit started working in the industry aged 23, having left school at 15 without any qualifications. But she went on to set up her own business, Lambourn Buckingham, which merged with Helm Godfrey in 2001, where Foottit is a director and wealth manager.

Initially run by Foottit alongside one female and one male colleague from her previous firm, her male colleague subsequently left Lambourn Buckingham, meaning the business was the first financial firm in the City run by women. At the time, there were very few women working in the City but Foottit said she “pushed through” the challenges this presented.

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