New dawn for women in the City as Lisa Gordon takes chairmanship at broker Cenkos

Fresh ground was broken in the City today as Lisa Gordon was appointed chairman at small-cap broker Cenkos.

It is only the second time a woman has taken the role at a UK stockbroker, the first being Lorna Tilbian at Dowgate Capital last year. 

Gordon, 53, has 25 years’ experience working in the Square Mile and is also a non-executive director at Alpha FX Group, the AIM-listed foreign exchange firm. 

Jeff Hewitt, acting chairman, said: “I am delighted that Lisa has agreed to join the board. Lisa brings an impressive breadth and depth of boardroom experience and will be a valuable addition to the senior management team’s experience for the continued development of Cenkos.”

The appointment came as Cenkos eeked out a profit for last year, boosted by a strong pipeline of IPOs and fundraisings on the AIM market. 

Small-cap brokers have struggled in recent years, hit hard by Mifid II regulation. The EU-wide regulations are currently under review and it is unclear how many of the rules Britain will retain after Brexit. 

Shares in Cenkos gained 4% or 2.5p at 64p.   

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