Birmingham Stock Exchange Association News Release
Updated: Jan 22, 2020
History made with first female Chairman of Birmingham Stock Exchange
A leading wealth manager has made history by becoming the first female lead of the Birmingham Stock Exchange in more than 170 years.
Recently appointed as chairman, Linsey Ruddell hosted the exchange’s annual dinner at Birmingham’s Council House on Thursday 22 November 2018.
The 44-year-old is the first woman to take on the important role in the financial organisation's 173-year history.
She is Senior Director at EFG Harris Allday and joined the firm in 1994 having spent her year-long university placement with them.
The dinner celebrates the Association’s charitable achievements including raising money for St Basils homeless charity and funding four Aston University scholarships through their benevolent fund.
Every year the industry comes together with current and former stockbrokers from across the Midlands to celebrate Birmingham as a leading centre for investment.
Linsey had the pleasure of presenting the Chairman’s trophy to Giles Sharp. Giles is the grandson of Albert E Sharp who started a stockbroking business in the Midlands in 1911. In the mid 90’s the firm was acquired by Old Mutual and subsequently became Capel Cure Sharp and then Barclays in 2003.
In 2009 Giles singlehandedly resurrected the distinguished Albert E Sharp name from Barclays to set up a new investment firm.
“It is a privilege to present this trophy to Giles who is one of the most distinguished characters in the industry. He has had a long and established career in stockbroking and has been instrumental in attracting numerous investment managers together with significant client assets to Albert E Sharp.
“In addition I am truly honoured to have been voted by the committee to be the chairman of the Birmingham Stock Exchange Association. I am the first ever woman in the role but hopefully will not be the last!”
In 2018 the Birmingham Stock Exchange raised money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.