Rebecca O'Dwyer

A keen student of the Humanities, after completing A-Levels in History, Politics, English Literature, Biology and PE, I went on to read History at The University of York.

Graduating with a first-class honours degree in 2012, I was also awarded ‘The York Award’ for my commitment to a wide programme of cross-disciplinary activities during my degree tenure. An enthusiastic sportswoman, I captained the 1st Team netball and served on a variety of student committees during my University years.

Thanks to my successful completion of a summer internship with The Royal Bank of Scotland over the summer of 2011, I graduated from York with an offer to join RBS’ 18-month Corporate Banking Graduate scheme in London, which I took up in earnest, spending three six-month placements with diverse Bank departments spanning Change Management, Relationship Management and Leveraged Finance. Despite coming from a non-finance background, my time on the scheme sparked my love of structured finance; a discipline that combined the qualitative skills gleaned from my humanities background, with more quantative analytic methodology that my naturally logical brain demanded.

After nearly 2 years after accepting a permanent position with the Leveraged Finance team at RBS, which served as a great training ground in credit analysis, I made the move to Investment Management at M&G Investments, where I have been a member of their Direct Lending team since 2016. Promoted after less than a year to Associate Director, I focus on originating and executing assets and loans on behalf of our pension fund and institutional clients. I have extremely high standards for myself, and routinely seek to push boundaries with my contribution to my team and the wider institution. Negotiation and stakeholder management form a key part of my day job, and I thrive in a corporate culture where I am able to operate with a high degree of autonomy and responsibility, alongside colleagues I find inspiring, with mutually beneficial learning opportunities. I take this approach externally into my extracurricular role as a committee member for 100 Women in Finance’s Gala committee.

When I am not at work, I continue to play netball (in the Regional England Netball league) and am a keen sportswoman. I love to travel regularly – with a strong focus around good food and good wine! – and spend quality downtime with family and friends.