Gavin Lewis is Managing Director at BlackRock. He is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the UK Local Government Pension Scheme segment. Previous to this Gavin held several leadership roles at Vanguard Asset Management including Head of UK Institutional and Wholesale Distribution, Head of UK Retirement and Head of European Consultant Relations. Gavin has also held positions UBS Asset Management and Russell Investments.
Gavin hold a BA in History and Politics and from the University of London and holds the CISI Certificate of Investment Management.
Gavin has also been active in highlighting the challenges to increasing ethnic minority representation in the asset management industry and has attempted to find solutions. Gavin is a member of the asset management industry's Diversity Project and one of his key initiatives is co-creating the #Talkaboutblack a movement, dedicated to increasing the representation of Black Professionals in the asset management industry. He has worked with asset management firms to create mentoring circles for junior, mid and senior Black professionals, student events to help attract talent to the industry and an after school program designed to give disadvantaged secondary school pupils with the tools and aspirations to enter the corporate world.
Gavin has been recognised by the Black British Business Awards as the Senior Financial Services Professional of the year in 2020, he is listed as one of the top 30 Black Professionals by the Powerlist’s, Power in the City bi-annual ranking and the Evening Standard Progress 1000 most influential people in FinTech and Banking.