About Mrs Moneypenny

Mrs Moneypenny has written a weekly column in the Financial Times since 1999, entertaining readers from Seattle to Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney, plus plenty of places in between. Mrs Moneypenny is a former investment banker and has an MBA from the London Business School and a PhD from the University of Hong Kong.

Mrs Moneypenny began writing for the Financial Times while based in Tokyo, then later in Hong Kong and Singapore. Subsequently, she returned to the UK and bought into a small but profitable business in the West End of London, where she was the youngest and worst-groomed of four owner-directors. She later led a management buyout and is now the majority owner.

She runs her own business while juggling three children (Cost Centres #1, #2 and #3) and a sport-obsessed husband, all of whom are subjected to relentless scrutiny and humour in her weekly column. Mrs Moneypenny is described as being ‘provocative, hilarious and wise’ as she advocates hard work, delegation, self-promotion and financial literacy as the key skills of successful women. Mrs Moneypenny is the author of 6 books, Mrs Moneypenny: Survival in the City (2003), Mrs Moneypenny: Email from Tokyo (2006), Mrs Moneypenny Returns (2008), Mrs Moneypenny: Crunch Time (2009), Mrs Moneypenny’s Careers Advice for Ambitious Women (from 2011 to 2013) and Mrs Moneypenny’s Financial Advice for Independent Women (2014).

Mrs Moneypenny was honoured to be asked to write a column in the Australian Womens Weekly, as her husband and her sons all have Australian passports, and she has many friends and family members in Australia. Mrs Moneypenny writes in Management Today about her thoughts on topical business and management issues.

Mrs Moneypenny has presented 6 series of the UK Channel 4 series Superscrimpers. The ‘At Home with Mrs Moneypenny’ show ran at the Edinburgh Fringe and off-Broadway (at the 59E59th Street Theatre) in 2010, and she returned to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 with Mrs Moneypenny Returns and Mrs Moneypenny’s Money Clinic Live. In December 2013 she appeared in the Come Dine with Me Christmas special, which is available on 4OD. Mrs Moneypenny is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4, and other BBC radio stations.

Mrs Moneypenny’s alter ego, Heather McGregor, was awarded a CBE in 2015 for services to Business, especially Employment Skills and Diversity in the Workplace.