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Investment Sector

Launched in early 2014, the Investment group is the first dedicated group for professional communicators working for asset managers, asset owners and advisers across retail, wholesale and institutional markets. The group aims to highlight new communications trends and issues impacting the investment industry and draw on developments in different markets, in order to facilitate constructive debate between peers. The group draws on knowledge and insight from industry experts to provide timely and relevant insights on a quarterly basis. 


Claire Lewis is a Consultant at CNC – Communications & Network Consulting. She has worked in communications for nine years at agencies and in-house, helping asset managers, owners and advisers protect their corporate reputations, build their brands and promote their products and services. Prior to joining CNC, Claire spent three years in-house as an Account Manager at fund management firm M&G Investments. Claire has a first class honours degree in Public Relations from Bournemouth University.

Vice Chariman

Wendy Svirakova is Head of Institutional & Strategic Communications at Threadneedle Investments, based in London. She is a proven, multi-lingual and IMC qualified communications professional with extensive experience in the financial services sector. Born in the Czech Republic, raised in Germany and educated in England, Wendy has a truly international background and has worked in many European markets including Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain and the Nordics. She has experience in the banking, investment management, pensions, venture capitalist and leveraged finance sectors. Wendy has a degree in International Business (BA Hons) from Hull University and was highly commended for the EACD Young Communicators Award in 2014.