A female Thinc Group financial consultant has accused Fiona Price of belittling women in the debate on how to encourage them to enter the industry.
Christina Skinner says she is outraged by comments made by Price in Money Marketing last month over Thinc’s female recruitment drive.
Skinner says: “She infers that women are delicate little creatures who cannot possibly be expected to thrive in the current environment which women are allegedly subjected to within financial services. I am totally insulted by this generalisation and it is a totally incorrect perception of this situation.
Skinner says she has never come across a woman who needed more nurturing than a man. She says: “How dare Fiona Price suggest we are slow learners as ‘women often take longer to produce the goods’. What utter rubbish and what an insult to our intelligence.”
According to Price, Thinc had its chance to attract female advisers when it merged with Destini, which had previously bought her firm, Fiona Price and Partners. But she claims “any evidence of the business has all but disappeared”.
But Price says: “I did not say slow learners. I said that women often take longer to build their confidence and therefore produce the goods. They also often like to have more educational qualifications to support this.”