2018 SHORTLIST 

ACCOUNTANCY LEADER OF THE YEAR

This category celebrates the female accountancy professional that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the firm and wider sector

FINALIST 

Olwyn Alexander – PWC

Lisa Kealy – EY Ireland 

Teresa Morahan – BDO

Imelda Prendergast – OSK 

 

ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

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.

FINALISTS

Yvonne Connolly – Carne Group

Vicky Davies – Dankse Bank

Ian Headon – Northern Trust

Andrew Keating – Bank of Ireland Group 

AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

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.

FINALISTS

Carol Andrews – BNY Mellon

Yvonne Connolly – Carne Group 

Andrea Dermody – State Street International (Ireland) Ltd

Geraldine Gibson – AQMetrics

Ciara Houlihan – HSBC 

Francesca McDonagh – Bank of Ireland Group

Melíosa O’Caoimh – Northern Trust 

Claire Savage – AQ Metrics 

BANKER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the highest-achieving women in the male-dominated banking sector.

FINALISTS

Vicky Davies – Danske Bank

Dara Deering – KBC Bank Ireland

Catherine Duffy – Northern Trust 

Petra Lahtinen-Kalsi – Citi

Aine McCleary – Bank of Ireland Group 

Kimberley Russell – Bank of Ireland

CFO OF THE YEAR

This award is open to chief financial officers who have proven to be strategic visionaries for the business.

FINALISTS

Ruth Fletcher – CurrencyFair

Rachel Izzard – Aer Lingus 

Elizabeth Lavin – Each and Other Limited 

Angela Noon – Siemens

Wendy Smith – Kellogg 

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises those companies that have proactively cultivated an inclusive and diverse workforce, working towards improved gender representation at all levels.

FINALISTS

AIB Bank

AQ Metrics

Deloitte 

Fidelity International 

Northern Trust

Robert Walters 

FINANCIAL ADVISOR/WEALTH MANAGER OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes the standout financial adviser/wealth manager who has achieved outstanding returns whilst championing financial inclusivity.

FINALISTS 

Anya Cummins – Deloitte

Marah Curtin – Davy Group
 

Michelle O’Keeffe – Goodbody 

Nessa O’Riordan – AIB 

FINTECH CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

The judges will consider senior women in the fintech space that have shown outstanding achievement within their company and sector. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 June 2017 – 1 June 2018.

FINALISTS

Geraldine Gibson – AQMetrics

Claire Halligan – Elavon 

Michelle McGuire – GECKO Governance 

Lesley O’Callaghan – Elavon

Claire Savage – AQMetrics 

FUTURE CFO OF THE YEAR

This award is open to those in mid-to-senior positions within the financial industry (with titles including finance manager, finance director, and head of finance) who have proven to be future strategic visionaries for the business and demonstrated financial superiority within their sector.

FINALISTS

Jennifer Barry – Version 1 

Adrienne Condon – Ammeon Ltd

Valerie O’Mahony – Global Payments 

FUND MANAGER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the fund manager that has outperformed peers in her field.

FINALISTS

Chantal Brennan – Davy Asset Management

Jessica Brescia – Old Mutual 

Elizabeth Geoghegan – Goodbody Asset Management 

Aine Stafford – Zurich

INSURANCE LEADER OF THE YEAR

This award is open to the strongest contender in the insurance sector, with judges considering an outstanding track record in attracting and managing clients combined wit exceptional leadership. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2017 – 1 January 2018.

FINALISTS

Elizabeth Bothwell – Arthur Cox

Sylvia Cronin – Central Bank of Ireland

Louise Kidd – AIG Ireland

Marie O’Keeffe – Apex Insurance Ltd

LEGAL ADVISOR OF THE YEAR

This category celebrates the corporate lawyer that has demonstrated excellence in the firm and wider sector.

FINALISTS

Alma Campion – Matheson

Siobhan Carlin – William Fry

Tara Doyle – Matheson

Catherine Fitzsimons – Fidelity International

Suzanne Kirwan – Sepam UK

Judith Lawless – McCann FitzGerald 

Niamh Quinn – Arthur Cox

Gabrielle Ryan – Bank of Ireland Group 

Mary Ward – William Fry 

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

The best and brightest woman in the 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.

FINALISTS

Helena Dorrigan – Bank of Ireland Insurance & Investments

Lisa Kavangh – Link Asset Services

Sharon Malone – Goodbody

Gracious Nyamupachitu – Citi

Chloe Wade – IDA Ireland 

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Our Woman of the Year award, contested among the winners of all other categories, will reward the female that stands above others as a true leader in finance and an inspiration to women seeking success in the industry. 

FINALISTS

Catherine Duffy – Northern Trust

Susan Hayes Culleton – Hayes Culleton Group

Melíosa O’Caoimh – Northern Trust

Claire Savage – AQMetrics 

Frances Torsney – AIG Europe 

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