Helen Watson

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CEO, Wealth Management UK

Helen Watson is CEO of Rothschild & Co’s UK Wealth Management business and a member of the Group Partners Committee. She joined Rothschild & Co in 2010 and was appointed CEO of the UK Wealth Management business in 2015.

Helen has spent her entire career working with private clients, charities, foundations and endowments. At Rothschild & Co, these clients include tech entrepreneurs, business owners, film makers, academic institutions, as well as families that made their wealth in previous generations. Rothschild & Co’s wealth management business helps them to protect and grow their wealth to achieve their goals now, in the future and for the next generation.

Helen is passionate about improving and building diverse teams in wealth management to enable the industry to adapt, change and grow – and make good decisions on behalf of clients. As Co-chair of Rothschild & Co’s Balance and Inclusion committee, she leads a number of initiatives in this area.

Before joining Rothschild & Co, Helen worked in Morgan Stanley’s UK Private Wealth Management business. Having joined them in 1991, she was appointed a Managing Director in 2005. Helen has an unusually deep understanding of private clients’ investment needs having been both a private client portfolio manager and a senior client advisor. Helen has won and been nominated for a number of prestigious awards over many years.

Read more from Helen

  • Navigating political noise

    Quarterly Letter

    More than 50 countries will hold an election in 2024, with more than 40% of the world’s population eligible to vote. We examine how elections can come to dominate our conversations and thinking, and how it pays to take a step back and consider the long-term view.

  • The art of building strong relationships

    Quarterly Letter

    At the start of a new year it’s natural to think about our hopes and ambitions, but very few goals will be achievable without help and support from others. In this Quarterly Letter we discuss how and why we seek to build strong relationships.

  • Making better investment decisions

    Quarterly Letter

    Humans are irrational beings, yet economic theory often assumes we are perfect decision makers. In this Quarterly Letter we examine some of the common mistakes people make, and explain how acknowledging these flaws can strengthen, rather than weaken, our investment decisions.

  • A global perspective

    Quarterly Letter

    Italian merchant Marco Polo spent 25 years travelling across Asia at the end of the 13th century, seeking insight into new communities and cultures. In this Quarterly Letter we explore how there is still long-term value in looking beyond borders today.

  • Meeting Mr. Market

    Quarterly Letter

    Mr Market, one of Benjamin Graham’s famous allegories, depicts an imaginary investor who swings wildly from optimism to pessimism. In this Quarterly Letter, we examine how our investment approach can outsmart Mr Market’s mercurial nature and help us make better investment decisions.

  • Leaving a legacy

    Quarterly Letter

    As a family-run business in its seventh generation, our focus is on the long term: to preserve and grow your wealth not only for this generation but for those to come. In this Quarterly Letter, we discuss the important issues surrounding legacies and succession.