Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement (WIBF) revealed the winners of its 19th awards recently at a ceremony in London.
The WIBF Awards for Achievement 2016 took place at The Hilton Park Lane last week.
Winners crowned at the lunchtime ceremony were:
• Champion for Women: Vivienne Artz, Citi
• Award for Achievement: Leigh Smyth, Lloyds Banking Group
• Team Diversity: Women’s Networks, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
• Young Professional of the Year: Sophie Baldry, Lloyds Banking Grou
During her speech at the awards Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister) Harriet Baldwin called on more firms to join HMT Women in Finance Charter, launched in March.
She said: “It is a real privilege to speak at today’s event and to see so many women being celebrated for the excellent work they are undertaking in Finance and Banking. Financial services are our biggest export sector and employ a million people. It’s also our highest paid sector but the one with the highest pay gap, which is why HMTreasury has developed its Women in Finance Charter.”
“Lots of leading financial services firms have already signed the Charter, but I hope I can persuade a few more to sign today.”
WIBF Vice President Melanie Seymour, said: “I read again and again in the nominations that these people are ‘bringing other women along with them’ ensuring that their success was not at the cost of other women’s progress. It was not a path for one but a road for others to follow and to improve on.”