The winner of the new WIBF Rising Star Award, alongside the winners of WIBF’s three other individual awards and the team award for Diversity, was announced at the WIBF Awards Luncheon, proudly supported by Awards sponsor, Citi.
The five winners from an inspirational shortlist were celebrated in front of an audience of more than 500 senior members of the banking industry at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
The 2018 Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement winners are:
- WIBF Young Professional: Emma Margetts, Visible Alpha, sponsored by Barclays
- WIBF Rising Star: Abisola Barber, Barclays, sponsored by Santander
- WIBF Champion for Women: Tracy Watkinson, Credit Suisse, sponsored by Credit Suisse
- WIBF Team Award for Diversity: Women Connect, Credit Suisse, sponsored by Citi
- WIBF Award for Achievement: Alison McGregor, HSBC, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group
WIBF President, Vivienne Artz used the award’s ceremony to call for a restructuring of pay and work structures in the industry.
She said, ““Women in Banking and Finance’s annual Awards for Achievement is an important day in our network’s calendar – and a very special day for all shortlisted nominees.”
“Right now is also a hugely significant moment in the journey of female emancipation, with this year being the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote.”
“We should mark these moments with pride.”
“But we cannot deny that there are still barriers to women achieving what they are capable of, and barriers to achieving the seniority and roles that they aspire to in the workplace.”
“We are making progress.”
“There are very real opportunities for women in the banking and financial services sector today, but the Gender Pay Gap reporting shows that there is not yet full equality of opportunity.”
“WIBF wants to make sure that there will be.”
“And not in 100 years time!”
Keynote speaker, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Chair, Treasury Select Committee highlighted the Government’s commitment to equality in the banking and finance sector.
She said, “WIBF’s 21st annual Awards Luncheon is a great opportunity to celebrate the top talent in the banking and finance industry.”
“These are the role models who are inspiring thousands of young women to become the next CEO or CFO of a business.”
Women in Banking and Finance’s prestigious annual awards highlights the inspirational work going on every day in pursuit of diversity and excellence in the banking and finance sector. The number of nominations for the WIBF Awards for Achievement continues to grow year on year, a source of celebration for WIBF and for the industry. Each year the WIBF Awards for Achievement reach more people and encourage more involvement with WIBF’s ambition of greater equality and greater opportunity within the industry.