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Our free-to-attend, in-person and virtual events provide our Money Matters community with a safe space to come together and talk honestly about their money in an open forum. 

Through our events we hope to connect with like-minded individuals, inform our audience on the investment options available to them, and supporting them on their investment journeys long afterwards.

Join us for our next event

Anything is Possible: Live 2024


We’re proud to be the official finance sponsor for Anything is Possible: Live 2024!

This event is the ultimate experience in personal development, with 12 hours of fully immersive content, covering high performance habits, self-love, body confidence, health and wellbeing, empowered finances and so much more.

Join us on Saturday 27 April at Emirates Old Trafford Manchester, where we’ll have our very own finance focus room, looking at the gender investment gap – why it exists and how to close; practical tips on how to get started investing and consolidating your pensions (something we’re all guilty of putting off!)

Anything is Possible Live 2024 Tickets, Sat 27 Apr 2024 at 08:00 | Eventbrite

Meet our speakers …

Laura Suter

Laura Suter, Director of Personal Finance at AJ Bell

How to get started investing

Have you thought about investing but don’t know where to start? Baffled by the jargon or think it’s too risky? This session will teach you everything you need to know about investing, with a quick step guide to getting started. We know that there is a £1.65 trillion (yes trillion) gender wealth gap in the UK, with men having more money than women – and investing is a big part of that. So learn the basics, get to grips with what different investments are and leave with a plan to start your investing journey. 

More about Laura

Before joining AJ Bell, Laura was a multi-award-winning financial journalist. In the last six years, she’s been a spokesperson for the company, regularly appearing on TV and radio. As founding ambassador of AJ Bell Money Matters, Laura is passionate about helping women feel good, investing. In her home life, she’s mum to a young daughter, so saving for kids is a topic particularly close to her heart.  

Helena Morrisey

Baroness Helena Morrissey, Founding Ambassador of AJ Bell Money Matters

Overcoming life’s ‘Financial Wobbly Bits’

On average, women have less than half the levels of savings and investments as men. But ever wondered why the gender investment gap exists? 

This session looks at the financial ‘wobbly bits’ in a woman’s life that can create and widen those gaps – from not asking for a pay rise, taking time off to start a family, going through the menopause, caring for grandchildren and elderly parents – and everything else in between! 

We’ll leave you with a handy toolkit to prepare for life’s potholes, and look at how times are changing for future generations.

More about Helena

Helena’s City career spans more than three decades, including 15 years as Chief Executive of an Investment Management firm.  

Helena is well known for her work on inclusion and diversity. In 2010, she founded the 30% Club, a campaign for better gender-balanced boards. Since then, the representation of women on FTSE 350 boards has risen from less than 10% to over 40% and there are twenty 30% Clubs globally. Helena now chairs the Diversity Project, aimed at improving diversity across all dimensions in the investment industry. She also works to create financial equality and writes a weekly column on money for the Telegraph.  

Helena entered the House of Lords in September 2020 and was appointed a Dame in 2017. She was named the Financial Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ at its 2017 ‘Boldness in Business’ awards and one of Fortune magazine’s ‘World’s 50 greatest leaders’. She has authored two books, ‘A Good Time to be a Girl’ and ‘Style and Substance’. She is married with nine children and four grandchildren.  

Danni Hewson


Rachel Vahey

Danni Hewson, Head of Financial Analysis & Rachel Vahey, Head of Public Policy at AJ Bell

Should I combine my pensions into one pot?

Combining your pensions together is more topical than ever – with a glum headline recently stating that women will need to work 19 extra years to retire with the same pension pot as men.  

Sorting out your pension is a task we often put off and understandably, feel daunted by. But Danni and Rachel are on hand to talk you through the process – from thinking about the type of life you’d like to lead in retirement, to calculating how much you think you’ll need in your pension. 

They’ll also talk you through the different products out there, including self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and ready-made pensions. 

More about Danni and Rachel

Danni spent more than 19 years at the BBC, presenting and reporting on business news across a variety of programmes – including BBC Breakfast and Radio 5 Live’s flagship business programme ‘Wake up to Money’. As founding ambassador of AJ Bell Money Matters, Danni is now responsible for providing commentary on a range of financial topics, whilst also co-hosting our bi-weekly podcast.   

Rachel helps others to understand the everchanging pensions and savings environment and campaigns for changes that will making saving easier for people. As well as regularly speaking at AJ Bell events, she writes a regular column answering people’s questions about retirement.  

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Previous events

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024

The Refinery Citypoint, London

We were delighted to mark International Women’s Day in a room full of like-minded women in London. 

The conversation? Money and midlife. 

The incredible Eleanor Mills, former editor of The Sunday Times magazine and founder of Noon, a community to help women in mid-life (who she affectionately calls “Queenagers”), joined us amongst other fabulous speakers including our very own pensions expert, Rachel Vahey, who took us on a crash course on managing your finances following a lifestyle change.

How to detox your finances


The new year brings a chance to delve into your finances and make sure you’re getting the most out of them. In this virtual event, Laura looked at easy wins to make money, ways to spot and stop unnecessary spending, and how to make sure your savings are working for you.