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

June 2018 | Lancaster London Hotel | Presented by Vitesse Media
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The Women in Finance Awards will return in June 2018

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

The inaugural Women in Finance Awards took place on 29 June 2017 at the Grosvenor House Ballroom on Park Lane, London, with 500 of the UK’s top finance professionals gathering to celebrate leadership in diversity and inclusion. 

Organised by GrowthBusiness.co.uk and What Investment magazine, the event celebrated the achievements of 119 finalists out of over 430 nominations received across a broad range of sectors, from the world of venture capital and banking to accountancy and corporate law.

Broadcaster and columnist, Julia Hartley-Brewer, hosted the ceremony, followed by keynotes from the Economic Secretary to the HM Treasury, Stephen Barclay, and Dame Fiona Woolf, a pioneer in British corporate law and former Lord Mayor of London.

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Nominate

Nominations for the 2018 Women in Finance Awards will officially open on 30 October 2017 and will close on 26 January 2018.

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!

Ambassador of the Year Award: People’s choice

This category celebrates the individual who has achieved a long-term impact on the way people and organisations think about and practice gender diversity. The Ambassador of the Year will be a prominent person in business and/or financial services who publicly champions gender parity in the sector. The Ambassador of the Year is ambitious, bold, daring, charismatic, and unabashedly dedicated towards encouraging women in the sector to grow. This people’s choice award is based on nominations from the members of the public. Once nominations have closed, the finalists will be announced online.

Woman of the Year: Judges’ choice

As the headline award for the evening, this category recognises an inspiring leader who has challenged, influenced or revolutionised the culture of the financial services sector. The winner of this award will be chosen from a shortlist of winners in other categories based on standout achievements. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • Active advocacy within and beyond the organisation
  • Mentorship, sponsorship, training or guidance to other women within/beyond the organisation
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Rising Star of the Year

This award recognises the best and brightest women in their first five years of working within the financial services industry. Judges will be looking for nominees who have a unique and inspiring story to tell. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • Personal growth, ambition, and drive
  • A positive, measurable impact on the team in terms of inclusion and morale
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Advocate of the Year

This award is open to the organisation or person regardless of gender, that has gone out of its/her/his way to support the cause of getting more female representation in senior levels and stamping out barriers to growth for women in financial services.The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • A prominent/lead role in establishing and developing initiatives and training schemes for women in their early-to-mid career stage
  • Measurable impact on, and integration with, the wider organisation
  • Mentorship and/or sponsorship of female talent
  • Active advocacy of the female voice at management level
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

CFO of the Year

This award is open to chief financial officers who have proven to be strategic visionaries for the business. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • Contribution to delivering financial growth and guiding the company to exceed its goals
  • Success in overcoming significant business challenges or barriers
  • Examples of team leadership and superior management
  • Continued support of the CEO and board, guiding the company to exceed its goals
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Wealth Manager of the Year

This awards recognises the person in the wealth management sector that displays an outstanding track record of performance in various financial conditions. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • An outstanding track record of performance
  • Proactivity in tailoring inclusive solutions for female clients in managing their personal finances
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Financial Adviser of the Year

This award recognises the standout financial adviser who has achieved outstanding returns while championing financial inclusivity. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • A track record of delivering for clients that truly add value, particularly in tough economic times
  • Strategic counsel to encourage financial inclusion
  • Recommending bespoke products and services for the unique needs of female clients
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

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 fund manager that has outperformed peers while furthering the cause of encouraging a healthy talent pipeline for women entering the field. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • Strong returns for investors
  • Sustained high performance relative to peers and industry benchmarks
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Specialist Investor of the Year

This category recognises a leading investor in private equity, venture capital, business angel or investing institution. The winner of this award will be a role model for women in a wide range of disciplines. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • An ability to assess opportunities, manage the due diligence process and close deals in difficult circumstances
  • A reputation amongst portfolio companies for providing valuable support
  • Consistent outstanding performance, including stable long-term returns on their major capital investments
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

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. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • Contributions to delivering financial growth for the firm
  • A reputation among clients for providing valuable support
  • Team leadership and superior management
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Legal Adviser of the Year

This category celebrates the corporate lawyer that has broken barriers to advancement and carved out a niche for herself in the firm and wider sector, as well as paving the way for diversity in leadership. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • Measurable significant positive contribution to the development, enhancement or success of the firm through innovative practice measures or pro bono work
  • A reputation among clients for providing valuable support
  • Team leadership and superior management
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Insurance Leader of the Year

This award is open to the strongest contender in the insurance sector. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • An outstanding track record in attracting and managing clients
  • Exceptional leadership
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Banker of the Year

This award recognises influential and inspirational women in banking. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • Contribution to strong financial performance
  • Introducing/guiding the bank in the form of new best business practices, expansion into new markets, or innovation in terms of new products or services
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Fintech Leader of the Year

The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Company awards

Employer of the Year

This award recognises those companies that have proactively cultivated an inclusive and diverse workforce, aiming to achieve equal gender representation at all levels. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • Diversity among junior, mid-level and senior employees
  • Inclusive and flexible maternity/paternity benefits
  • Extensive policies to prevent biases in recruitment and operations
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship programmes, training initiatives, positive public image for being gender diverse)

Disruptor of the Year

This category celebrates the companies that have reinvigorated gender diversity in the financial services industry by provide new and innovative ways to improve the gender balance in the sector across levels. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • Innovation in products and/or services that are specifically helping the sector tackle barriers to diversity (e.g.: removing hiring biases, innovative training and mentorship programmes, encouraging returnship)
  • Measurable impact and/or breakthroughs
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Recruiter of the Year

This category recognises the recruitment firm that has championed equal pay and diversity in financial recruitment.The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:

  • Outstanding value to their clients through the recruitment process
  • Innovative and insightful counsel to help their clients achieve fair gender representation at every level
  • Proactively championing gender diversity within and/or beyond the organisation (e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Each supporting document should be a maximum of three pages.

Speakers & Judges

Keynote

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.

Judges

Elaine Aarons

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

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Kathleen Brooks

Research Director
FOREX.com & City Index

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Liz Field

Chief Executive
Wealth Management Association

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Rina Goldenberg Lynch

CEO
Voice At The Table

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Jane Karczewski

London Women’s Forum
& Managing Director, Citi

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Rupert Lee-Browne

Founder & Chief Executive
Caxton FX

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Dr Jill Miller

Diversity and Inclusion Adviser
CIPD

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Helena Morrissey

Head of Personal Investing
Legal & General Investments

Profile

Praseeda Nair

Editor
GrowthBusiness.co.uk

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Gwyneth Nurse

Director of Financial Services
HM Treasury

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Sarah Pennells

Financial journalist & Founder
Savvywoman.co.uk

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Sarah Turner

Founder & CEO
Angel Academe

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Programme

2017 PROGRAMME

Please note the dress code is black tie.

19.00 – Sparkling drinks reception

20.00 – Convene for dinner

20.05 – Introduction  Praseeda Nair, Editor, GrowthBusiness.co.uk

20.10 – Welcome address – Stephen Barclay, Economic Secretary to HM Treasury

20.20 – Keynote speech – Dame Fiona Woolf, DBE DL, Energy Lawyer, CMS Cameron McKenna

20:30 – Dinner commences

22.00 – Awards ceremony commences

22.45 – Entertainment – Sara Pascoe

23.00 – Drinks and networking

00.00 – Carriages

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