Helena Morrissey is a City whizz and has nine children
The businesswoman and mother of nine, 51, has just published a book about gender equality. She lives in London with her husband and children
There are 10 of us squashed into our Notting Hill home: me, my husband Richard, the seven youngest of our nine children (aged from eight to 26) and our cockapoo, Buddy. He springs to life at 5am, yelping his encouragement as I load the washing machine and draft the ‘day at a view’ – our family’s whiteboard gospel, which details every after-school commitment.
I eat porridge with the children before I set off for work at 7.15am, but on the way I usually grab a croissant from my local coffee bar to go with my morning cappuccino.
Until 2016 I was chief executive of Newton Investment, but I joined Legal & General last year as head of personal investing, and a typical day involves many meetings. In between, I check in with branches of the 30% Club, a campaign I launched to achieve a minimum of 30 per cent women on FTSE 100 boards.
It’s a packed schedule but I’ve always been too twitchy for meditation, so I practise Pilates twice a week instead. At weekends, the whole family, including our kids who no longer live at home – Flo, who is 23, and Fitz, 26 – all escape to our country house in Berkshire.
Weeknights tend to revolve around supper. Richard cooks
– a former financial journalist, he’s now a stay-at-home dad – and I usually make it to our very busy dinner table at 7pm, having conquered a barrage of hastily discarded school bags by our front door.
Afterwards, we’ll watch TV together – Modern Family or Stranger Things – but it won’t be long before I’m asleep.
‘A Good Time to Be a Girl’ by Helena Morrissey (William Collins,£14.99) is out now. To order your copy for £12.99 plus p&p visit books.telegraph.co.uk