Emily Walch

Corporate Affairs Director at The Investment Association

Corporate Affairs Director, The Investment Association
Former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Emily Wakch is Corporate Affairs Director at the Investment Association (IA) and a member of the IA Executive Committee. The IA represents the UK investment management industry and its 250+ members manage over £7.7 trillion of assets on behalf of UK and overseas clients.

In her role, Emily has overall responsibility for helping to protect, enhance and promote the reputation of the industry by managing the IA’s UK, EU and international advocacy, as well as communications and consumer insight. Her team won 6 industry awards in 2019 and another in 2020 including PRCA team of the year in 2019 and 2020 and the highly coveted PR week campaign of the year in 2019 for ‘shaping Britain’s boardrooms’.

Prior to joining the IA in 2017, Emily spent just under 4 years as Special Adviser to Sir Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills during the Coalition Government. She was also Executive Director of External Affairs for the British Bankers’ Association (now UK Finance).

Previous roles include working at advisory firm Blue Rubicon (now Teneo) where Emily led major award winning corporate reputation and public sector behaviour change campaigns. She also held a number of policy and communications roles for the Liberal Democrats Party.

Earlier in her career she worked as Press Secretary to London Mayoral Candidate Brian Paddick (2007-8); Senior Press Officer for the Liberal Democrats in the London Assembly (2006-7); Head of Office for Sir Menzies Campbell, Leader of the Liberal Democrats (2005-6); Welsh Policy Adviser for the Liberal Democrats (2005). She began her career as a parliamentary researcher in 2003.

Emily holds an MPhil in European Studies from the University of Cambridge and a first class BA Hons in History of Art from the University of Warwick. She is a policy fellow at the University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy and speaks fluent French, Italian and Dutch.