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Profile of Emily Ashwell

Emily Ashwell

Shareholder Director

Emily works for UK Government Investments (UKGI) and is the Shareholder Director, appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in August 2018.

Emily joined UKGI (formerly the Shareholder Executive) in June 2015. She has led the shareholder teams on Channel 4, UK Export Finance and the Nuclear Liabilities Fund.

Emily joined the Civil Service in August 2013 to launch and lead UKTI Education, a unit jointly established by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and UK Trade & Investment to help the UK education sector win business overseas, particularly in relation to high value opportunities. The unit helped UK education and training providers secure £1.5 billion of business in its first two years.

Prior to this, Emily spent 13 years in corporate finance, most recently as a Director with Hawkpoint Partners (now Canaccord Genuity) focused on Media & Education. She has a broad range of M&A transaction and corporate advisory experience working for a range of UK and international private, public and charitable companies.

Emily has a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oriel College, Oxford.