Media & Articles

Deborah is a regular commentator on investment stewardship, corporate governance, gender diversity, sustainability and the importance of networking for female professional advancement.

Breaking down barriers: The importance of women’s networks

Article for Responsible Investor for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2023

WeAreTheCity Top 50 trailblazers in gender equity

Deborah was recognised in WeAreTheCity’s 2023 list of top 50 trailblazers in gender equity, published on 1 March 2023

Trends in ESG Stewardship and Engagement:
A Conversation with Deborah Gilshan

Interview with Maanch, October 2022

Every model of capitalism will need investment stewardship

Letter to the Financial Times, May 2022

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion video series

With Aegon Asset Management for their ESG Beyond Borders series, June 2022

Governance Game Changers

Board Intelligence series, January 2022

Driving Gender Diversity in French Companies

Contributor to report from 30% Club France Investor Group, January 2022

Ambitious female leadership target set by pressure group

Portfolio Institutional article, December 2021

Valuing Diversity

2021 Yearbook of the International Corporate Governance Network article, December 2021

Diversity: What's in a name?

Portfolio Institutional article, September 2021

The case for cognitive diversity

International Bar Association article, September 2021

ITV boss demonstrates why diversity matters

Letter to the Financial Times, September 2021

Female board members at FTSE100 companies paid 40% less than men

Financial Times article, August 2021

Big business fails to attract women to top jobs

Financial Times article, March 2021

FTSE 100 companies lag peers on anti-sexual harassment policies

Financial Times article, March 2021

The rise of impact investing

International Bar Association article, March 2021

Sky News, February 2021

Deborah appeared on Sky News in a report covering the launch of the final report of the Hampton-Alexander Review into FTSE Women Leaders.

The Ethics of Diversity

Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance article, February 2021

Diversity: A New Dimension

Governance & Compliance magazine for The Chartered Governance Institute, February 2021

Citywire Gender Diversity Awards

December 2020

Juukan Gorge incident and Covid-19 pandemic highlight focus on ESG

International Bar Association, December 2020

Investors pile pressure on companies over ESG at annual meetings

Financial Times, October 2020

We need myriad solutions to achieve gender equality

Letter to the Financial Times, September 2020

The 100% Club interview with Dr Rachel Melsom

The 100% Club, June 2020

The rise of ESG engagement

International Bar Association article, June 2020

Women in the Chair Series – ‘How to be best prepared’

Warren Partners, May 2020

Jobs bonanza in stewardship and sustainable investing teams

Financial Times, March 2020

Asset managers demand companies take action on gender diversity

Financial Times, March 2020

Power of networks: why women in finance should go beyond internal policies

Citywire, March 2020

International Women’s Day: Does it matter if only a handful of women chair FTSE 100 boards?

Responsible Investor, March 2020

Diverse boards can offer greater strategic scrutiny.

Letter to Financial Times, September 2019

Who are you talking to about your money?

Tilney, November 2018

Contributor to ‘Create a Gender-balanced Workplace’

A book by Ann Francke, CEO of the Chartered Management Institute published by Penguin’s Business Experts series.

Gender diversity: an economic & strategic imperative

Aberdeen Standard Investments, Global Outlook series, September 2018

Successful women on how to get offline and network like a pro IRL

Marie Claire, June 2018

Engaging for better diversity on boards

Co-authored with Brenda Trenowden, 30% Club Global Chair, published by the Financial Reporting Council as a selection of essays to celebrate 25 years of the UK Corporate Governance Code. December 2017


Reports and articles on diversity and networking are listed below.

FTSE Women Leaders Review 2023, February 2023

The research on The 100% Club was featured in the 2023 annual report of the UK Government backed FTSE Women Leaders Review, published in February 2023

The 100% Club: Collaboration over Competition – Demonstrating the Power of a Gender Based Network

Faith Borland for The 100% Club, 29 November 2022

The Ethics of Diversity

Deborah Gilshan with Mark Chambers, Institute of Business Ethics, December 2020

How Successful Women Manage Their Networks

Inga Carboni, Rob Cross, Aaron Page and Andrew Parker, September 2019

Men and Women Need Different Kinds of Network to Succeed

Brian Uzzi, Harvard Business Review, February 2019

Networks that work

Women Ahead, January 2017

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Women Supporting Each Other at Work

Anne Welsh McNulty, September 2018

Fully Connected: a look ahead to working and networking in 2020

Professor Julia Hobsbawm & EY, 2014


Deborah contributes her views to many industry podcasts as below:

Why asset managers are slow at initiating diversity resolutions

Citywire podcast, March 2022

Firms need to stay flexible to improve results

Citywire podcast on 2021 Alpha Female report, September 2021

The State of Diversity at Public Companies and Boards

The Sustainability Story podcast series from CFA Institute, August 2021

A shift towards sustainable finances

Money She Talked podcast series from Tilney, May 2021

How female networks across Europe power gender diversity efforts in asset management

Citywire podcast, March 2021

The Mathematics of Diversity

University of Greenwich Big Picture Seminars Podcast Series, February 2021


Talking Responsibly podcast series, February 2021

We can’t afford to wait 200 years

Citywire podcast on 2020 Alpha Female report, September 2020


The Ethics of Diversity from the Institute of Business Ethics – report launch webinar

A recording of the discussion on the webinar to launch the IBE report is available here. Deborah was joined by Mark Chambers from the IBE, Dr Owen Williams OBE, CEO of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and Jon Miller, Partner at Brunswick Group and founder of Open For Business. 

The Deal corporate governance webinar conference

Deborah contributed to a panel discussion on ‘Director Choices in a Challenging Environment’ for The Deal’s November 2020 corporate governance conference. The panel discussed diversity and the role of shareholder engagement and activism. Her fellow panellists were Jared Landaw from Barington Capital Group, Cynthia Jamison from Darden Inc, Office Depot, Big Lots Stores and Tractor Supply Company, Cassie Nielsen from VMG Partners, Preston Hopson from Tetra Tech Inc and Armie Lee from The Deal.

New Opportunities of ESG with Apex Group

Deborah joined a panel on ESG in private equity in September 2020. Her fellow panellists were: Aleen Gulvanessian from Eversheds Sunderland, Dineshi Ramesh from Board Intelligence and Matt Claxton and Andrew Pitts-Tucker from Apex Group.

Impact Investing with The WealthiHer Network

Deborah chaired a discussion on “Impact Investing: From Intent to Action” for The WealthiHer Network and Home Grown Club in July 2020. Her fellow panellists were Dr Christine Chow from Federated Hermes, Stephanie Khalef-Wassmer from JP Morgan Private Bank and Karina Jaya-Ratnam at The WealthiHer Network.

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