London Stock Exchange welcomes 100 Women in Hedge Funds 2016 partnership with SkillForce

This morning, 100 Women in Hedge Funds (www.100womeninhedgefunds.org) (‘100WHF’) and SkillForce (www.skillforce.org) opened trading at London Stock Exchange to celebrate the launch of a year of mentoring as well as 100WHF’s partnership with SkillForce as the 2016 beneficiary of 100WHF’s UK philanthropic initiatives. 100WHF is proud to partner with SkillForce in association with HRH The Duke of Cambridge's patronage of 100 Women in Hedge Funds' Philanthropic Initiatives.

The market open ceremony was attended by 100WHF members and guests including Amanda Pullinger, CEO of 100WHF and Ben Slade, CEO of SkillForce. It was followed by an inspiring talk by Ashley Best-White, Headteacher of White Woman Lane Junior School in Norwich, and Executive Headteacher of the Nebula partnership of schools.

Amanda Pulinger, CEO 100WHF said: “We are delighted to launch our year of mentoring and our partnership with SkillForce in 2016 by participating in the iconic market open ceremony at the London Stock Exchange. 100WHF is proud to support the work of SkillForce with its outstanding record of helping children and young people through their mentoring and education programmes. We are grateful to London Stock Exchange for hosting us for this special market open ceremony today.”

Ben Slade, CEO of SkillForce said: “This fantastic support from 100 Women in Hedge Funds will transform young people’s lives by enabling SkillForce to deliver more motivational mentoring and education programmes that develop self-confidence, resilience and character, and prepare them for their next steps in education, work or training.”

100WHF is a global, practitioner-driven non-profit organisation serving over 13,000 alternative investment management investors and professionals in 20 locations through educational, professional leverage and philanthropic initiatives. Formed in 2001, 100WHF has hosted over 500 industry education events globally and connected more than 350 senior women through Peer Advisory Groups and raised more than $38 million gross for philanthropic causes in the annually rotating areas of women’s and family health, education and mentoring.  The focus area for 100WHF’s philanthropic initiatives globally in 2016 is mentoring.

SkillForce is a national education and veterans charity operating in more than 200 primary and secondary schools in England, Scotland, Wales and shortly Northern Ireland. It seeks to transform the lives of young people through motivational mentoring and education programmes delivered mostly by ex-services personnel. SkillForce helps children and young people develop aspirations, self-confidence, resilience and character and inspires them to succeed. SkillForce is a member of the Charities Forum of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and is supported by its Royal Patron, HRH Prince William The Duke of Cambridge, who has given SkillForce the only two awards in his name, the SkillForce Prince's Awards.