Hayley Cole

Originally my aim was to be a performer on the west end stage.

But, after a suffering a severe back injury that put a stop my training . I had to rethink my career path. I had always loved organising things even as a child. My first event being a Blue Peter bring and buy sale for my school. After recognising my love of organisation I decided on a career as an assistant in the finance industry. In the summer of 2000 I secured a role at what is now Thomson Reuters and my 20 year administrative journey began.

I now provide EA support to the EII EMEA Product Development and Product Engineering Leadership Teams at BlackRock

My teams are responsible for EMEA BlackRock ETF’s, Indexing and Investments (EII), which includes innovation & research, product launches, commercialisation activities, strategy for key product segments (Smart Beta, Sustainable and Thematic) and the product engineering and launching of new products.

My service dates back to 2008 when I was Executive Assistant to the Head of EMEA iShares and provided business support to the Executive Committee. Following this in 2012 I moved on to work with the recently relocated Head of EMEA Capital Markets. Upon returning from maternity leave in 2014 with the support of BlackRock and their flexible working policies I joined the EII Product Development team.

Prior to joining BlackRock I worked in the Energy M&A team at Credit Suisse’s supporting the Head of Chemicals, Head of Renewable Energy and The Head of Utilities.

I have a extensive experience across all the major banks supporting various management teams.

I am the Co-Chair of GAIN EMEA which is the professional network providing support and advocating for the administrative professionals at BlackRock.
I also sit on the Inclusion and Diversity Committee for our business. Our focus in 2019 was around fostering belonging with in our business and our focus for 2020 is around inclusion dialogues and the conversation around flexible working for all.

I am a Fellow of EPAA (Executive & Personal Assistant Association).