Deborah Gilshan

United Kingdom
Job Title:
ESG Investment Director
Areas of Expertise:
  • Business ethics
  • Remuneration
  • Shareholder responsibilities
  • Shareholder rights

Deborah is an Investment Director in the ESG team at Aberdeen Standard Investments, the global asset manager, where she is primarily responsible for their investment stewardship work in the UK and the Americas. Previously, Deborah was Head of Sustainable Ownership at RPMI Railpen, the pension fund for the UK railway industry, where she led their work on active ownership and sustainable investment strategies, having joined as a governance specialist in November 2007. She started her governance career at the UK’s Co-operative Insurance Society in December 2000. Deborah read Mathematics and English at the University of Manchester and previously worked in corporate tax at Ernst & Young.

In addition to serving on the ICGN's Ethics & Systemic Risk Committee, Deborah is a member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club, the global market initiative to promote diversity on boards and in senior management. She co-chairs the 30% Club’s UK Investor Group, of which she has been a member since its inception in 2011. She is a Fellow of ICSA: The Governance Institute, an IMC member of CFA UK and serves on the Stakeholder Advisory Panel of the UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC), having previously served on the Steering Committee for the FRC’s project on corporate culture. 

In October 2011, Deborah founded The 100% Club, a network for professional women. The 100% Club is based on a philosophy that values the distinctiveness that women bring to the workplace and how that distinctiveness drives sustainable corporate cultures that respect diversity in all its forms. Deborah now shares her experience of founding The 100% Club with organisations seeking to further diversity in the workplace.