Ruth Whitehead trained as a classical musician and managed to exist in almost complete ignorance of the financial services industry until she was advised by a man in a suit to take out the mortgage from hell.
She became transformed by adversity into a very angry expert on finance, and in 1993 RWA was born.
RWA is a small company with a national profile.
Ruth is frequently quoted in the national press and trade publications, has broadcast on BBC 4’s Money Box programme, BBC News and BBC London radio, and writes for the Guardian and Observer newspapers, amongst others.
We are very proud of our work making responsible and ethical investments for our clients. We are repeatedly recognised with awards by the finance industry, after receiving nominations and votes from those clients, which is doubly rewarding.
We were delighted to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2018.
Ruth and colleague Eamonn Malik celebrate her being a finalist at the Women in Investment Awards 2019, proudly displaying their LGBTQIA+ umbrella
We believe the only way is ethics and will help you tailor your investments accordingly.
“I found Ruth and RWA via the FSA website and she changed my life within a few minutes of our first conversation. Her focus, drive, clarity and energy made everything that had looked insurmountably difficult suddenly seem achievable in a way that I didn’t know numbers could, what is more she achieved it within weeks.”
KL, Victoria Park
Us in our community
Ruth is a financial adviser with a difference. She has a head for figures but a passion for notes.
She is obsessed with music, and sharing it with everyone – particularly those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to classical music, the opportunity to learn an instrument, or sing.
As part of her business ethic, Ruth puts her money where her mouth is. RWA sponsors local music and arts events through its Ethics in Action initiative (EiA). Ruth is passionate about the importance of culture in the community.
Recently Ruth sponsored an album launch at Wilton’s Music Hall by local singer/composer Clara Sanabras, Stokebourne Festival which raised £3,500 for rewiring and lighting at St Matthias Church, an awareness-raising concert which realised £1,000 for those affected by rainforest fires, and a Community Christmas Lunch at St Matthias Hall for those at risk of isolation.
As part of her DissentersN16 initiative, Ruth also founded and conducts Stoke Newington community choir Chorus of Dissent, youth choir Young Dissenters, and professional orchestra the Elastic Band. Their concerts have been a sellout since inception.
We are looking forward to a wonderful musical year ahead. Ruth’s Dissenters Famous Fundraising Quiz Night in January raised well over £2,000 to boost a musical partnership between Young Dissenters and four local schools.
St Matthias Halls
We also manage St Matthias Halls – three delightful but very different spaces which we offer to the community for everyone’s events – weddings, christenings, birthday parties, quiz nights, concerts, funerals. Make yours an event to remember…
As part of our business ethic RWA sponsors local arts events. We are passionate about the importance of culture and community.
RWA in the media on culture
Stokebourne midsummer festival on July 5-6 2019 is Ruth’s brainchild to raise desperately-needed funds for the urgent rewiring of St Matthias Church, starring John Hegley, Chorus of Dissent, Shkembe Soup and the Gaga Ladies’ cabaret
Ruth hits fundraising target to donate grand piano to St Matthias Church
Ruth is appointed Principal conductor and artistic director of Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra, and welcomes The National Youth Choir of Antigua and Barbuda to give a joint concert with Chorus of Dissent
Chorus of Dissent in the Irish Times’ May Bank Holiday top picks list
Chorus of Dissent brings Gilbert & Sullivan opera to Stokey
Ruth’s Chorus of Dissent fundraising gala concert for Antigua Barbuda:
World Première of Clara Sanabras’ A Hum About Mine Ears:
Health and freedom:
Raising the roof with performance poet John Hegley:
Thank you so very much for the fundraising events for Hackney Migrant Centre and Akwaaba. We’re delighted to be receiving £4,000. This will go a very long way in supporting the work we do with vulnerable migrants. Please pass on our profound thanks to everyone involved in the concert.
Daf Viney, Hackney Migrant Centre