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

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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

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