Celebrating the individuals and organisations leading change, breaking down barriers, and creating new possibilities for equal representation in the world of finance29 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
Speakers & Judges
Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Minister of State)
Baroness 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 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.
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!
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
Fund Manager of the Year
Wealth Manager of the Year
Financial Adviser of the Year
Banker of the Year
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
Insurance Leader of the Year
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.
Employer of the Year
Disruptor of the Year
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