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Mindfulness and professional effectiveness

Wednesday 11 May 2022 11:00 - 12:00

The benefits  of Mindfulness and self-awareness have regularly featured in some way in the media over the past few years. It has long been recognised by practitioners that mindfulness leads to a calmer and clearer state of mind, and better interaction with others around us… But what about the impact of mindfulness in the demanding professional context and senior governance roles?

Join us for this inspiring event with our speaker, David Butcher, to explore what mindfulness really is, and how it can make a difference to your professional effectiveness as well as your overall life.  David is a  mindfulness specialist, as well as having extensive governance experience in the pensions and investment industry.


David Butcher

David has more than 40 years’ experience in the pensions and investment industry. He has been a Chief Executive Officer three times including at Invesco Perpetual Pensions and both the retail and intermediary divisions of Flemings/Save & Prosper, now part of J P Morgan Asset Management.

He has substantial governance experience having served on 16 different boards over 30 years including as a Non-Executive Director of BlackRock Pensions, a Trustee Director of the Legal & General Master Trust, and both a Trustee of the Master Trust and Member of the Independent Governance Committee at Scottish Widows. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the Fund Boards Council.

David is a mindfulness specialist and has been practising mindfulness for over 35 years.


Sophie Wright

Sophie has expertise in business strategy and risk oversight in the Financial sector, with senior roles at international Investment banks BNP Paribas, JP Morgan and ABN Amro over 25 years. She has led global projects with multi-cultural teams to improve business performance. 

She is a Risk and Strategy advisor focusing on Digitalisation at the International Banking Federation, as well as Strategic advisor and member of the Board development program committee at European Women on Boards, supporting others in reaching senior roles.

Sophie is a member of the Finance & Investment Board at the IFoA, as well as the liaison member for the Risk Management Board. She is a member of the Risk Coalition Advisory group, and regularly gives back to London Business School as an MBA alumna.