Two high-profile figures in the U.K. money management industry were recognized for achievements and service in the New Year Honours List 2023.
Keith Skeoch, former chairman of the board of the U.K. Investment Association and former CEO of Aberdeen Standard Investments, was awarded recognized for his services to the U.K. financial sector. Mr. Skeoch was awarded a Knights Bachelor.
As chairman of the IA, which represents U.K. money managers, Mr. Skeoch contributed "extensively to government work through the Asset Management Taskforce, culminating in a report in November 2020," a post on the U.K. government's website said. He also chaired "a very complex, high-profile, and broad independent review of the U.K.'s ring-fencing legislation which was published in March 2022, demonstrating leadership in building consensus in the face of strong and diverging views, ensuring that the breadth of these views was reflected in the report."
Separately, U.K. investment consultant Redington's co-founder Dawid Konotey-Ahulu was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to diversity and inclusion. Mr. Konotey-Ahulu founded The 10,000 Interns Foundation, which champions diversity of talent through paid work experience aimed at underrepresented groups. The foundation's programs include 10,000 Black Interns and 10,000 Able Interns.
Mr. Konotey-Ahulu said in an email that it was "a huge honor" for him to receive the award. "Our mission is to get people a seat at the table; to provide better educational and employment opportunities for all those being left behind," he added, speaking about the foundation's efforts. "To be recognized for that is tremendous and a powerful tribute to the many others involved," he said.