A 24-year-old senior manager who set up a workplace alumni network that now has more than 2,000 members has made the shortlist for the 2016 Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement.
Proudly supported by Macquarie Group as the 2016 headline sponsor, WIBF’s annual awards have been celebrating top talent in the banking and finance industry and shining the spotlight on influential leaders for almost two decades. This week, 18 individuals and three teams were shortlisted in four categories for the prestigious awards, which celebrate outstanding achievements across the UK. The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane on 10 June 2016.
Awards organiser, and WIBF vice president, Melanie Seymour said shortlist demonstrated the depth of talent, with the eight women shortlisted in the Young Professional category showcasing a bright future in the banking and finance industry.
“We have heard time and time again that the banking and finance industry needs a more balanced workforce. The shortlist for the WIBF Awards for Achievement highlight the wealth of women aged 35 and under in our industry who have led and grown their teams, are delivering 1:1 coaching, presenting on banking regulation and are positive role models for the future,” said Seymour.
Seymour said it was a positive sign that half those shortlisted in the Champion for Women award category this year are men.
“It might seem unusual that men make up half our Champion for Women shortlist but to me it is something to celebrate. The United Nation’s HeforShe campaign demonstrates the vital role men play in ensuring there is equal opportunity in the workplace.”
Employees from a wide range of firms made the shortlist, including EY, RBS, Lloyds Banking Group, RBC, Macquarie, Tesco Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Citi, Moody’s, Coutts, Standard Life Investments.
The judging panel includes vice chair of the board of Credit Suisse Group Noreen Doyle, Doran Scott Williams director Nigel Jackson, founder, CEO and chairwoman of Entiq Claire Cockerton and WIBF president Janet Thomas.
WIBF YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD
Sophie Baldry | Lloyds Banking Group
Emily Csizmazia | Lloyds Banking Group
Imogen Greener | EY
Rachael Holt | EY
Beth Knight | EY
Laura McCarthy Cronin | Macquarie
Joelle Tarrant | RBC
Emilie West | RBS
WIBF CHAMPION FOR WOMEN AWARD
Nicola Adams | Morgan Stanley
Vivienne Artz | Citi
James Clarry | Coutts
Fernando Vicario | BAML
WIBF TEAM DIVERSITY AWARD
Digital Breakthrough (Sarah Barthram) | Lloyds Banking Group
LEAD (Katharine Hayward) | BAML
Women in Business Network (Jenny Smith) | Tesco Bank
WIBF AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT
Andrea Blackman | Moody’s
Tara Kengla | EY
Leigh Smyth | Lloyds Banking Group
Camilla Stowell | Coutts
Nuala Walsh | Standard Life Investments
Sarita Yadav | Lloyds Banking Group
Find out more about the awards here