Women in Finance Awards

Celebrating the individuals and organisations leading change, breaking down barriers, and creating new possibilities for equal representation in the world of finance

29 June 2017 | Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, Park Lane, London Book now






Welcome to the Women in Finance Awards

Of all the industries in which women are poorly represented at a senior level, finance and financial services have the biggest challenge to address.

Despite making up more than half the finance workforce, women continue to dramatically lag behind their male counterparts in leadership roles.

“Women account for 23 per cent of board members and just 14 per cent of executive committee members across UK-regulated financial services companies. But this is nowhere near ideal.”

The Women in Finance Awards is the finance industry’s largest diversity initiative, recognising the high-achievers, advocates, and role models for women in the sector.  

Organised by GrowthBusiness.co.uk and What Investment magazine, we aspire to see gender balance at all levels in the world of finance. This isn’t just a matter of corporate responsibility; it’s a matter of national urgency.

The event will bring together key stakeholders to raise awareness of the sector’s diversity problem, further the gender balance agenda, as well as to celebrate inclusion, leadership and finance excellence.

The lack of women in this sector is already taking toll on financial institutions, and the time to address this is now. Join us on 29th June 2017 for an evening of celebration and dialogue at the inaugural edition of the Women in Finance Awards.  

When: 29th June 2017, 7PM
Where: Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, Park Lane, London

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Speakers & Judges


Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister)


KEYNOTE: Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DL

Energy lawyer, CMS Cameron McKenna
Former Lord Mayor of London (2013/14)


KEYNOTE: Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DL

Energy lawyer, CMS Cameron McKenna
Former Lord Mayor of London (2013/14)



Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Minister of State)

Baroness-Neville-RolfeBaroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG was appointed Commercial Secretary to the Treasury on 21 December 2016, and was previously Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. After graduating from Somerville College Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Lucy joined the civil service fast stream working inter alia in the Agriculture Department and the No 10 Policy Unit. She then began working at Tesco Plc in 1997, going on to work as an executive director on the main board from 2006 until 2013. Her previous roles in government include Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from May 2015 to July 2016, as well as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills from July 2014 to July 2016. She was awarded a DBE for services to industry and the voluntary sector and her CMG for her work on the FCO Board.

Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DL

Alderman Dame Fiona Woolf DBE was the Lord Mayor of London for the year 2013/14 as the 686th Lord Mayor, and only the second woman to hold the role since 1189. She was also one of the first women to make partner in a City law firm.
As Lord Mayor, Dame Fiona initiated the Power of Diversity Programme to promote diversity and inclusion in all its forms.
She was awarded a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the Legal Profession, Diversity and the City of London. She became  a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London in April 2016. Dame Fiona is currently an energy lawyer with CMS Cameron McKenna.

Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE BA, FCA, FCIB, Chief Executive, Virgin Money

Jayne-Anne-GadhiaJayne Anne Gadhia is the CEO of Virgin Money.

A Chartered Accountant, she spent six years at Norwich Union (now Aviva) before becoming one of the founders of Virgin Direct in 1995.

In 1998 she set up the Virgin One account which was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2001. After five years at RBS as part of the Retail executive Committee, she returned to Virgin as the CEO of Virgin Money.

In 2012 Virgin Money acquired Northern Rock and, in 2014, successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange.

A vocal supporter of businesses responsibility to make a positive contribution to society Jayne Anne is a trustee of Business in the Community. In November 2016 Jayne-Anne was announced as the government’s Women in Finance Champion.


Elaine Aarons

Co-founder of
One Loud Voice for Women
Employment Law Partner at international law firm Withers LLP


Rina Goldenberg Lynch

Voice At The Table


Dr Jill Miller

Diversity and Inclusion Adviser


Gwen Rhys

Founder & CEO
Women in the City


Kathleen Brooks

Research Director
FOREX.com & City Index



Jane Karczewski

London Women’s Forum
& Managing Director, Citi


Gwyneth Nurse

Director of Financial Services
HM Treasury


Sarah Turner

Founder & CEO
Angel Academe


Liz Field

Chief Executive
Wealth Management Association



Rupert Lee-Browne

Founder & Chief Executive
Caxton FX


Sarah Pennells

Financial journalist & Founder



Nominations for the 2017 Women in Finance Awards will close on 28 February 2017.

The Women in Finance Awards is open to advocates, supporters, and achievers in the world of finance, actively bridging the diversity gap in the sector. But for this initiative to be a resounding a success, we need to know who you believe the women and advocates that deserve recognition are.

So we urge you to nominate someone – a colleague, partner, client, friend, whomever in finance – you feel should be celebrated on this very special evening.

The judges will convene two weeks before the awards ceremony to review all of the shortlisted nominations. They will decide the winners based on written submissions, supporting materials and video assets, so please include as much information as possible within the word limit. Whether you’re nominating yourself, or someone you believe should win, please fill out the nomination form using the criteria (listed below) of the category most relevant to your entry. Remember, the judges will refer to each criteria to guide their decisions, so shape your entry accordingly. Each written submission should be at least 400 words and a maximum of 800 words. There is no cost to nominate, and you can enter as many categories as you wish.

A member of the Women in Finance Awards team will reach out to the nominees who have been shortlisted. Good luck!

Individual awards

Woman of the Year

As the headline award for the evening, this category recognises an inspiring leader who has challenged, influenced or revolutionised the culture of the business and financial services sector. Judges will be looking for nominees who have demonstrated a positive impact in bridging the gender gap in the sector through mentoring, training and other initiatives.

Rising Star of the Year

This award recognises the best and the brightest talent in the early phase of their career. Judges will be looking for nominees who have a unique and inspiring story to tell, demonstrating personal development and deeper contribution to their company and the industry.

Advocate of the Year

This award is open to a company or person that has gone out of its/her/his way to support the cause of getting more women promoted fairly in the last 18 months. Judges will assess the nominees’ role in establishing and developing initiatives and training schemes and its impact on, and integration with, the business. 

CFO of the Year

This award is open to chief financial officers who have proven to be strategic visionaries for the business. The winner of this category will have contributed to delivering financial growth during the past year, demonstrated success in overcoming significant business challenges or barriers, and shown examples of team leadership and superior management.

Judges will also be looking for nominees who have demonstrated their continued support of the CEO and board, guiding the company to exceed its goals.

Specialist Investor of the Year
This category recognises an investor in a sector of the market other than bonds or equities, such as private equity, venture capital, business angel or investing institution, who is making stable long-term returns on their major capital investments over the past year. The winner of this award will be a role model for women in a wide range of disciplines. The judges are looking for an investor who has navigated through a wide range of market conditions to deliver consistent outstanding performance.
Fund Manager of the Year
Independent research reveals that only about 3 per cent of fund managers in the UK are female. This award recognises the a manager who has blazed a trail for diversity in the profession. The judges are looking for a fund manager who has achieved genuine out performance relative to peers and benchmarks over a prolonged period of time.
Wealth Manager of the Year
This awards recognises the person in the wealth management industry who has done the most, proactively, to promote diversity in the industry and to find tailored solutions for those women who want them for their own personal finances. The judges are looking for a Wealth Manager who can display an outstanding track record of performance in various financial conditions. A female business leader in technology who has been an effective role model to other women in the last 18 months. Judges will examine demonstrations of leadership and business achievements, as well as examples of being a role model and inspiring other women to succeed in technology.
Financial Adviser of the Year
This award recognises excellence within the financial adviser community in the area of diversity, and in tailoring their solutions and products to the needs of female clients. The judges are looking for an Independent Financial Adviser who can demonstrate a track record of delivering for clients that truly add value, particularly in tough economic times.
Banker of the Year
This award recognises influential and inspirational women in banking.  The winner will have overseen strong financial performance for her organisation over the past year and will have successfully guided the bank in the form of new best business practices, expansion into new markets, or innovation in terms of new products or services. Judges will be looking for an individual of outstanding integrity and strategic vision.
Forex Leader of the Year

At a time of increasingly sharp gyrations in the currency markets, this award seeks to recognise the individual who has led by example in the forex world over the past year. The judges are seeking a candidate who has extracted true value for clients in the tough market conditions of recent years, while paving the way for fair gender representation in the sector.

Accountancy Leader of the Year
This award is open to accountants who have consistently met or exceeded challenging objectives to ensure the highest quality of provision of accountancy and related services. Judges will be looking for examples of how the nominee has contributed to delivering financial growth during the past year, and of team leadership and superior management.
Insurance Leader of the Year
This award is open to the strongest senior-level contender in the insurance sector who has an outstanding track record in attracting and managing clients and bringing in successful deals. Judges will be looking for nominees who have demonstrated exceptional leadership.
Legal advisor of the Year

This category celebrates the corporate lawyers that have broken barriers to advancement and carved out a niche for themselves in finance, as well as paving the way for diversity within their firms. Judges will be looking for those who have demonstrated significant positive contribution to the development, enhancement or success of their employer through innovative practice measures or pro bono work.

Company awards

Employer of the Year
This award recognises those companies that have proactively cultivated a diverse workforce, aiming to achieve equal gender representation at all levels. The judges will be looking for companies with the most diversity amongst senior employees, the best maternity/paternity benefits, a proven track record in promoting diversity, and the most extensive diversity-supportive policies in recruitment and operations.
Disruptor of the Year
This category celebrates the companies that have reinvigorated gender diversity in the financial services industry by breaking barriers, exploring new markets, creating innovative new products or services, or have established a new effective way of working.
Recruiter of the Year

This category recognises the recruitment firm that has championed equal pay and diversity in financial recruitment. Judges will look for the firm that has added outstanding value to their business partnerships and relationships. They will also be looking for innovation, market insight and profitability.

Each supporting document should be a maximum of three pages.



Please note the dress code is black tie.

19.00 – Sparkling drinks reception
19.50 – Convene for dinner
20.00 – Welcome address
20.10 – Keynote address
20:20 – Dinner commences
22.00 – Awards ceremony commences
22:40 – Entertainment
00.00 – Carriages