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Iona Bain

Iona Bain is a leading voice in the field of personal finance and an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author and speaker. She is the UK's go-to voice on millennial money and the resident financial expert on BBC Morning Live. As well as personal finance, Iona examines questions such as what challenger banks and fintech businesses offer that traditional models don’t, and how companies can prepare for a future of work defined more by tasks, short-term projects and the so-called gig economy.


About Iona Bain

Iona Bain, since founding the pioneering Young Money Blog in 2011, has gone on to become one of the most respected financial writers of her generation, with a rare combination of accessibility and authority. Iona’s beginnings in the finance world came when she was a jobbing musician still living at her parents home back in Edinburgh, and her savings were burgled from her piggy bank. All she knew about money needed to change and her dyscalculia meant her uphill struggle was larger than most.

Iona Bain founded Young Money Blog to help her generation get to grips with their finances and quickly found an audience with her down-to-earth, witty and helpful analysis of the financial problems facing millennials. Iona has also appeared on Channel 4’s Cryptocurrency: Has the Bubble Burst?; Rip Off Britain; NewsNight; Question Time and the One Show.

Iona Bain has an empathetic approach to personal finance, which has earned her the title Money Hacker in residence for Radio 1’s flagship advice programme Life Hacks. She has been flying the flag for young people’s financial rights on the airwaves for over 10 years, and has also been a roving financial reporter for Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch. Podcast appearances range from the Spectator’s flagship Edition show, to Free the Geezer with rap group The Manor, to Saira Khan’s podcast Backing Brilliant Business, demonstrating Iona’s versatility. Iona is also a staple of online youth and female-focused media, with recent contributions to VICE UK, British Vogue and Refinery 29.

Additionally, Iona writes a bi-weekly column for the Metro and is a regular contributor to the Financial Times. Her journalism and commentary have appeared extensively in both national and regional titles, including the Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Independent and the New Statesman, and Iona’s book ‘Own It!’ is all about how young people can invest their way to a better future.

Particularly proud of her educational work, Iona has collaborated with BBC Social, BBC Bitesize and Young Scot to produce a series of educational videos. Iona is an ambassador for National Numerary society and campaigns for awareness for dyscalculia. She also worked with the Lloyds Banking Academy on the Your Future Finances initiative, the first educational programme in the UK to be fully sign language enabled. Iona is also the youngest-ever governor of the Pensions Policy Institute.

Speech Topics
  • Personal Finance
  • Economics
  • Investing
  • Pensions
  • Mortgages
  • Millennial money
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