2018 Shortlist

Nominations for the 2018 Women in Finance Awards are now CLOSED

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.

Ambassador of the Year

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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.

2018 Shortlist below:

Juliet Wedderburn, Charles Stanley
Bev Shah, City Hive
Emma Codd, Deloitte 
Rachael Brown, Derbyshire Independent Financial Services
Lena Komileva Floyd, G Plus Economics
Alison McGregor, HSBC
Lesley Mackintosh, Independent Women
Seonaid Mackenzie, Sturgeon Ventures
Olga Miler, UBS Wealth Management
Alison Petit, VentureFounders

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.

2018 Shortlist below: 

Wealth or Asset Management Rising Star of the Year 

Emma Richardson, Active Chartered Financial Planners
Emma Margetts, Alpha Exchange
Chloe Smith, Castlefield
Amy Backhouse, Coutts
Oriana Mezini, Coutts
Charlotte Worthington, Coutts
Rachel Lane, Group Rapport
Nandini Ramakrishnan, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Henna Hemnani, Miton Group
Naomi Waistell, Newton IM
Tiffany Young, Pentech Ventures
Amy Kirby, Rathbones

Finance Rising Star of the Year

Sponsored by Virgin Money

Virgin Money LogoAakriti Jha, AIG
Paula Mercer, Atom bank
Magdalena Krön, Barclays
Katherine Hewitt, Castlefield
Pooja Shah, Castlefield
Julie-Anne Headington, Channel Islands Adjusters
Nicola Loudon, Charles Stanley
Tsitsi Mutiti, Charles Stanley
Hannah Duck, London Stock Exchange Group
Tasneem Dudhia, Macquarie Group
Bolanle Lawal, Santander
Tabitha Brear, Silicon Valley Bank

The judges looked 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. 

2018 Shortlist below:

Advocate of the Year – Leadership Advocate of the Year 

Association of British Insurers (ABI)
Anne Pieckielon, Bacs
Shane Balkham, Beaufort Investment Management
Susan Revell, BNY Mellon
Rebecca Durrant, Crowe Clark Whitehill
Penney Frohling, EY
Stephanie Lamb, EY
Maike Currie, Fidelity International
Valeria Locatelli, M&G Investments
Claire Cockerton, Plexal
Jane Goodland, Quilter (formerly Old Mutual)
Sarah Owen-Jones, Rathbones
Chris Stylianou, Sky
Joëlle Warren, Warren Partners

Banking & Insurance Advocate of the Year 

Guillermo Donadini, AIG
Becky Bennett, Allianz Insurance
James Clarry, Coutts
Rebecca Hughes, Coutts
Helen Pickstock, Coutts
Magda Baugh, LV=
Anna Cole, LV=
Nicola Dunning, LV=
Rachel Small, LV=
Jane Magill, Macquarie 
Sharon Forder, RBS
Sarah Blomfield, Rothschild
Rebecca Port, Standard Chartered Bank
Paul Pester, TSB
Rose St Louis, Zurich

The judges looked 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

Sponsored by Schroders

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.

2018 Shortlist below:

Rachel Lawrence, AIB Group
Nicki Deeson, Amnesty International
Jo Fletcher, European Tour
Kathryn Sherratt, Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Sally Matthews, Gousto
Deepa Shah, Hall & Partners
Kathryn Burgess, Macquarie Group
Erica Ingham, MediaCom
Nicola Downing, Ricoh Europe
Angela Noon, Siemens
Nicola Sharp, Smoothwall 
Carrie Tucker, Weybourne
Susan Allan, Willerby Group

The judges looked 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.

2018 Shortlist below:

Emma Clarke, Beaufort Investment Management
Jennifer Crowley, Coutts
Laura McClellan, Coutts
Hiia Immonen, HSBC
Lucy Coutts, JM Finn
Kim Woolmer, JM Finn
Joanna Hunt, LGT Vestra 
Jenny Tozer, LGT Vestra
Catrina Arbuckle, Mercer
Vanessa Hodge, Mercer
Joanne Holden, Mercer
Helen Hope, Mercer
Tessa Page, Mercer
Emma Pardo, Mercer

The judges looked 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.

2018 Shortlist below: 

Silvia Pepino, Bank of England
Catriona Lumiste, Financial Care Solutions
Vanessa Barnes, Hannay Investments
Lisa Hardman, Investing Ethically
Lena Patel, ISJ Independent Financial Planning Limited
Karishma Panda, KPMG
Rosie Hooper, Old Mutual Wealth (Quilter)
Ellen Roome, The Finance Roome
Claire Gayton, Vivid Private Wealth
Mary Waring, Wealth for Women

The judges looked 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.

2018 Shortlist below: 

Natasha Ebtehadj, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Nadia Grant, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Jenny Rodgers, M&G Investments
Diandra Soobiah, NEST
Naomi Waistell, Newton Investment Management
Claudia Quiroz, Quilter Cheviot Investment Management
Alexandra Jackson, Rathbone Unit Trust Management
Jean Roche, Schroders
Mehvish Ayub, State Street Global Advisors
Sarah Norris, Standard Life Aberdeen
Andrea Ash, Tesco Pension Investments

The judges looked 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.

2018 Shortlist below: 

Carolyn Porretta, AIG Asset Management Europe
Kully Johal, Amaryllis Ventures
Camilla Kenyon, BP Marsh & Partners
Lina Haidar, Cap Energy
Mia Bennett, Citi Ventures
Helen Steers, Pantheon
Lucy Dunnett, SyndicateRoom
Nazo Moosa, v|t partners

The judges looked 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)
Finance 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.

2018 Shortlist below: 

Rachel Jackson, Deloitte
Julie Currie, Department for International Trade
Yolaine Kermarrec, EY
Sharron Gunn, ICAEW
Jeri Williams, J Williams & Co
Kelly-Anne Byres, KBL Accounts
Abby Nottingham, Macquarie Group
Erica Ingham, MediaCom
Mandy Nagra, My Consultancy Partner 
Regine Schwenzer, Siemens

The judges looked 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.

2018 Shortlist below: 

Sue McLean, Baker McKenzie
Navpreet Atwal, Blake Morgan
Alys Carlton, Capital Law
Karen Holden, A City Law Firm
Emma Cleveland, Cleveland & Co Associates Limited
Dr Miranda Brawn, Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd
Seema Bains, DWF
Lesley Gregory, Memery Crystal
Stacy Kim, Orrick
Nell Scott, Orrick
Carolyn Saunders, Pinsent Masons
Abiola Falope, Tesco Group

The judges looked 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.

2018 Shortlist below: 

Jean Morris, AXA UK
Shirine Khoury-Haq, Lloyd’s
Yulia Baynham, PwC
Emily Fraser, RSA Group
Tovah Grosscurth, RSA Group
Carolyn MacKenzie, RSA Group
Sarah Mantle-Gray, RSA Group
Romaney O’Malley. AIG
Nimisha Patel, RSA Group
Cheralyn Perry, RSA Group
Suzy Tiffany, RSA Group
Karen Beales, UK General Insurance
Rose St Louis, Zurich

The judges looked 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

Sponsored by Fintech Advisory

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.

2018 Shortlist below: 

Rachel Naughton, AIB
Maria Harris, Atom Bank
Amy Lenander, Capital One
Judith Chan, Coutts & Co
Denise Taylor, Coutts
Deborah Williams, Coutts
Heather Lauder, The Co-operative Bank
Vicky Davies, Danske Bank
Dr Miranda Brawn, Daiwa
Annabel Downs, Goldman Sachs
Alison McGregor, HSBC
Kavita Choitram, Macquarie
Julie Baker, NatWest
Saadia Mujeeb, NatWest Markets
Anne Boden, Starling Bank
Helen Rose, TSB

The judges looked 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 Champion of the Year

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

2018 Shortlist below: 

Emma Margetts, Alpha Exchange
Magdalena Krön, Barclays
Helen Mitchell, Blukudu
Sophia Bantanidis, Citi
Anna Bennett, Gospel Technology 
Susanne Chishti, FINTECH Circle
Lisa Halabi, Lloyds Banking Group
Jenny Knott, NEX
Dr. Manuela Rabener, Scalable Capital
Karen Kerrigan, Seedrs
Megan Caywood, Starling Bank
Julia Streets, Streets Consulting
Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, Tapoly

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

2018 Shortlist below: 

Claire Cordell, Aldermore Bank
Ana Bonnet, American Express
Tatiana Okhotina, Azimo
Eleanor Hampson, BT
Jessie Burrows, Direct Line Insurance Group
Mandy Nagra, My Consulting Partner 
Sally Johnson, Pearson
Louise Denning, Tetragon
Julie Adams-Moore, Towergate 

The judges looked for evidence demonstrating:

  • Individual contribution to a company’s financial growth
  • Examples of projects/contributions demonstrating financial leadership for the company
  • Examples of team work and makings of strong leadership
  • Continued support of the CFO
  • Proactively championing gender diversity or aiming to, within and/or beyond the organisation(e.g.: through mentorship, guidance, training, media appearances, social media discussions etc)

Company awards

Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce logo 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. 2018 Shortlist below: 

Castlefield Chartered Insurance Institute Columbia Threadneedle Investments Financial Conduct Authority Independent Women Lloyds Banking Group M&G Investments Orrick Plexal RBS Sky Toucan Ventures Triodos Bank TSB Unity Trust Bank

The judges looked 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
Sponsored by NatWest Natwest logo 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. 2018 Shortlist below: 

Dr Ana Cukic Armstrong, AIM Kate Glazebrook, Applied Kate Headley, The Clear Company Julia Elliott Brown, Enter The Arena Independent Women Shirine Khoury-Haq, Lloyd’s UBS Wealth Management Emilie Bellet, Vestpod Hayley Sudbury, WERKIN

The judges looked 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
Sponsored by Prudential and M&G Investments    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. 2018 Shortlist below: 

BRUIN Financial  The Ocean Partnership Ridgeway Partners Warren Partners The Works Search

The judges looked 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)