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2019 AWARD WINNERS

Congratulations to all finalists and our award winners for 2019!

ACCOUNTANCY LEADER OF THE YEAR

Dearbhla Morrison – Agora Publishing Ireland

Lorna Conn – Cpl Resources plc

Lisa Morris – EirGrid

Martina Keane – EY

Rose O’Sullivan – Fexco

WINNER:

Martina Keane – EY

Judges citations:

The winner of this category is the very first woman in her position. At the company for 20 years she does not only excel in her job, but also co-founded their ‘Women in Leadership Committee’. She plays a role in the professional development of over 300 employees and is always ready to mentor young people who are coming up the ranks. This year’s Accountancy Leader is: Martina Keane from EY!

This award is sponsored by
Citi

DIVERSITY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

Lynn Guiney – Avolon

Kate Butler – Bank of Ireland

Amanda Murphy – EY Financial Services

Mark O’Connor – Fexco

Sara Savidge – First Data now Fiserv

Erin McManus – HSBC

Edel Quinlan – Northern Trust

 

WINNER:

Kate Butler – Bank of Ireland

Judges citations:

Though a lot is made about the pipeline of young women joining the financial services, the winner of this category knows that a lot of women end up leaving the industry, once they decide to become a parent. Her efforts are focussed on rolling out comprehensive range maternity supports. These include but are not limited to the scaling of a maternity charta, introducing transition meet-ups with senior managers before return to work, introducing maternity-buddies so people who are on maternity leave are kept up to date with developments at the office and writing the group’s first breastfeeding policy. Her hard work and her dedication to ease the transition of maternity leave make her the Diversity Ambassador of the Year. The winners is: Kate Butler from Bank of Ireland!

This award is sponsored by
US Bank – Elavon

DIVERSITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

Accelerate – ABSTRACT

Mentor Her – AIB

Rise – Bank of Ireland

Gold Sovereign Awards – Bank of Ireland

Triple FS – Females Fast Forward in Financial Services – EY Financial Services

Actuarial Mentoring Programme  Pension Insurance Corporation plc

WINNER:

Accelerate – ABSTRACT

Judges citations:

The Diversity Initiative of the Year is a genuine agent of change and has a measurable impact on the pipeline of women in business. The programme has an expanding global reach and is well researched. They support and guide financial service firms to better integrate D&I into the culture of the company. The award goes to: Accelarate at Abstract!

This award is sponsored by
Fidelity

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Agora Publishing Ireland

Aviva Ireland

Bank of Ireland

BlackBee

Citi

EY

Fexco

Fidelity International

Northern Trust

 

WINNER:

Fidelity International

Judges citations:

The winner of this category looks in detail at four factors when it comes to gender parity: Accountability, Hiring Practices, Development and the implementation of an inclusive culture. Their efforts a not a box-ticking exercise but follow analytical methods to be able to see worrying trends and act upon them. These methods enable them to measure the impact their efforts have made and change and correct their projects if necessary. They also look at intersectionality to ensure that they have a truly diverse work force. Their work and effort in this area is commendable. The Employer of the Year is: Fidelity International!

This award is sponsored by
AIB

FINANCE TEAM (LED BY A WOMAN)

Aileen Duffy – &Open Gifts Limited

Julie Spillane – Accenture

Dearbhla Morrison – Agora Publishing Ireland

Nicola Canavan – Bank of Ireland

Silvia Carpitella – Citibank Europe plc

Julie Farren – Deloitte

Majella Mungovan – Facebook

Ruth Smith-Allen – Fexco

Sandra Regan – Oracle Corporation

 

WINNER:

Ruth Smith-Allen – Fexco

Judges citations:

Under the leadership of their manager during the past 11 years, this Finance Team has built detailed analytics tools that allow for weekly reporting on a granular level. This reporting plays a vital role for the business as a whole and influences management decisions. As cash was at threat to become a legacy business during this transition automation was at the forefront. Not to automate data processing, but to provide value-add analysis and improve processes. This Finance Teams work has shown a clear ROI and has played a crucial part in achieveing a 12% marketshare growth over 7 years. The winner is: Ruth Smith Allen from Fexco!

This award is sponsored by
Bank of Ireland

FINTECH PROJECT OF THE YEAR (LED BY A WOMAN)

Julie Farren – Deloitte

Gabriela DaSilva – Elavon Financial Services DAC (a U.S. Bancorp Company)

Sanjukta Barooah – Finturi

Susan Bradley – Northern Trust

Grainne O’Toole – Oracle Corporation

Fidelma McGuirk – Payslip

Norma Carty – Pecan Expense

WINNER:

Fidelma McGuirk – Payslip

Judges citations:

The winner of this category is a first of its kind global payroll software. They have clearly seen a problem and have provided an innovative solution. They give their clients the opportunity to grow on an international level and keep their payroll witin one platform. This enables the end-user to achieve global management control and global reporting. The award goes to: Fidelma McGuirk from Payslip!

This award is sponsored by
AIB

FUND MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Suzie Nolan – Aviva Ireland

Chantal Brennan – Davy Asset Management

Imelda Shine – Intertrust

WINNER:

Suzie Nolan – Aviva Ireland

Judges citations:

The fund managed by the Fund Manager of the Year has won international and domestic acclaim. This find manager has shown a market-leading approach when it comes to transparency and communication. External stakeholders have called her approach best-in class and the fund has also delivered a fantastic return. She has also shown gret commitment by being a leader f diversity & inclusivity within her company. The Fund Manager of the Year Awards goes to: Suzie Nolan from Aviva!

 

This award is sponsored by
Matheson

LEGAL ADVISER OF THE YEAR

Carol Widger – Dechert LLP

Abigail St. John Kennedy – Elavon Finance Services (a U.S Bank company)

Eimear O’Dwyer – Maples Group

Tara Doyle – Matheson

Christine O’Donovan – Mason Hayes & Curran

WINNER:

Tara Doyle – Matheson

Judges citations:

This winner is a leading voice in the asset management industry. She has has won numerous accolades and was the first female head of an Irish asset management practice where she advises many of the world’s leading financial institutions and has built a reputation of clear vision, leadership and commands an impressive expertise of law. The Legal Adviser of the Year is: Tara Doyle from Matheson!

This award is sponsored by
SmallBusiness.co.uk

ONE TO WATCH

Amber Higgins – Citi

Laura Humphreys – Davy

Niamh Parsons – EY

Chloé Wade – IDA Ireland

Marie-Louise O’ Callaghan – Point72 Asset Management

Elena Klimaviciute – SEI Investments – Global Fund Services

Aneta Zelazko – Shire (now Takeda)

WINNER:

Laura Humphreys – Davy

Judges citations:

This winner puts an emphasis on Customer Experience for every project she works on. This is shown in her establishing a CX hub, putting in place a framework to measure customer satisfaction and improving the client experience. She has achieved all of this by being a leader of concise thought, who brings together various stakeholders and empowers them to achieve their goals. Though she has achieved a lot, it seems she is just getting started. The One to Watch Award goes to: Laura Humphreys at Davy!

This award is sponsored by
Oracle

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

Breda Sullivan – Elavon Financial Services DAC ( T/A U.S Bank Depositary Services)

Gilda Pender – Elavon Financial Services DAC (a U.S. Bancorp Company)

Sandra Rockett – Irish Life Investment Managers

Emma Conaty – Maples Group

Catherine Woods – AIB Group

WINNER:

Catherine Woods – AIB Group

Judges citations:

This award goes to a woman who has more than 30 years experience in the financial services. She played a key role in stabilising and restructuring of her company following the 2008 crash as well the IPO of the bank, which was the highest in Europe at the time. At the same time she has been continously pushing for a substantial increase in female hiring and representation on the board and executive level with tremendous results. Her achievements are the result of hard work, dedication and showing leadership in tough times. The award for Outstanding Achievement goes to: Catherine Woods from AIB!

 

This award is sponsored by
Northern Trust

SPECIALIST INVESTOR OF THE YEAR

Geraldine Brehony – PwC

Isabelle O’Keefe – Sure Valley Ventures

WINNER:

Isabelle O’Keefe – Sure Valley Ventures

Judges citations:

Overseeing investments in the discruptive tech space, this categorie’s winner has successfully closed seed stage investments and is actively involved in the portfolio investments of her organisation. In her spare time she volunteers in organisations and initiatives which seek to bridge the diversity gap when it comes to VC investments and entrepreneurship. The award goes to: Isabella O’Keefe from Sure Valley Ventures!

 

This award is sponsored by
SmallBusiness.co.uk

WEALTH MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Marah Curtin – Davy

Laura Devoy – Goodbody

WINNER:

Laura Devoy – Goodbody Stockbrokers

Judges citations:

The winner of this award has a proven track record and a strong reputation for devising and implementing complex investment strategies for high net-worth individuals and corporate clients. Her results-driven worth ethic and approach have established her as one of the leading wealth managers in Ireland today. In her spare time she spents time to mentor younger colleagues and volunteers for a charity for education of lone parents, for whom she has also started employment initiatives within her company. The Wealth Manager of the Year is: Laura Devoy from Goodbody Stockbrokers!

 

This award is sponsored by
What Investment

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

AnneMarie Flynn – AIB Group

Breda McCague – Bank of Ireland

Lorna Conn – Cpl Resources plc

Fidelma McGuirk – Payslip

Linda Gorman – US Bank Global Fund Services

WINNER:

AnneMarie Flynn – AIB Group

Judges citations:

In an industry that continues to be dominated by men at the most senior levels, this woman is a strong advocate for gender diversity, regularly supporting initiatives to promote this, encouraging work-life balance, and mentoring and coaching other females to achieve greater things in their careers. She leads by example, taking opportunities to play a leading role in internal bankwide initiatives and empowering her team members to do likewise. Her expertise and her stellar career speak for themselves and in the past 18 months she launched a new business initiative for which she is showing amazing results. The Woman of the Year is: AnneMarie Flynn from AIB!

This award is sponsored by
Northern Trust