PRESS RELEASE: WIBF 2012 Award Winners Announced
The WIBF annual awards ceremony highlights individuals who demonstrate authentic leadership, are dynamic and daring and who live the values of accountability, responsibility and long-term commitment to their clients and communities. The business success of these professionals and the examples they set will help drive the future of Britain’s financial services.
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2. The 2012 WIBF awards and award winners are:
b. WIBF Award for Achievement – Liz Bingham is Managing Partner, People and Talent at Ernst & Young. She is not a graduate, in a business largely staffed by graduates. She is a woman in a profession notoriously short of senior women. Liz is an authentic leader unlike others who might use their position in the hierarchy to drive change. In 2001 Liz was promoted to Director and asked to lead a restructuring team generating £2-3m in business. She grew that business to £10m and in 2004 became a partner. In 2006 she
c. WIBF Champion for Women – Charlotte Sweeney joined Nomura International PLC in April 2009 as Head of Diversity and Inclusion (EMEA). She was brought in to develop and implement Nomura’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy and embed it into the culture of the firm. She has had a number of major achievements in this role, including creating and gaining executive commitment to the first diversity strategy, developing and launching the emergency and permanent care solutions programme, creating the ‘Parental
3. The WIBF awards were inaugurated in 1998 and are awarded annually. Members and sponsors of WIBF are eligible to make nominations for the awards. This year out of 21 nominations, 15 women were shortlisted across three categories:
a. The WIBF Award for Achievement celebrates a woman who has achieved success within a senior role and who displays the qualities of dynamism and daring. Nominees should have excelled in their professional life and also shown that they have an ability to use their skills outside of their own career by either serving on boards of other organisations that affect public life or are involved in furthering the interests of women in the workplace. A successful nominee is likely to have set up a division or implemented new processes, created a new product or increased the firm’s customer base and satisfaction.
b. The WIBF Young Professional Award celebrates a woman, of less than 35 years of age, who is making a significant impact. Her contribution, thus far, makes her “the one to watch” as she shapes her organisation, both in terms of financial success and as an example to others. She is also likely to be involved in charities or community work.
c. The WIBF Champion for Women recognises a senior executive who through personal commitment, application and dedication, continuously promotes and inspires women in the workplace to reach their full potential. A successful nominee is likely to have created or served on the steering committee of a women’s network. She or he will have helped increase the profile and career opportunities for women, liaised with other external networks, organised events and mentored young aspiring women leaders.
4. Sylvana Caloni. With over 15 years in the Financial Services Industry, Sylvana is the President of Women in Banking and Finance where she is responsible for building effective strategic relationships with corporate sponsors and principal partners, for budget and governance, and for ensuring the delivery of WIBF programmes to a high standard. Sylvana runs her own Leadership Consultancy, SC Executive Coaching. She provides executive coaching, group facilitation, executive team alignment and 360° Leadership Values Assessments. Her areas of expertise are leadership and vision; management of staff, including appreciation of individual differences & working styles; communication of feedback, motivation and team cohesion; and leadership grooming and career enhancement. Previously Sylvana was an Executive Vice President at Bankers Trust Financial Group and has experience in funds management, equity analysis and bond dealing.
5. Angela Knight, CBE is currently the Chief Executive of the British Bankers' Association. She is also a non-executive director on the boards of Brewin Dolphin plc, Tullett Prebon plc and a board member of the Financial Skills Partnership. In 2011 she joined the Inaugural WIBF Advisory Board. After leaving Bristol University with an honours degree in chemistry, Angela worked for Air Products Ltd. She went on to set up and was Chief Executive of a specialist contract heat treatment company, Cook & Knight Metallurgical
6. The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) serves as the global umbrella organisation that unites, supports and promotes professional women and their networks to work together, share resources and leverage ideas. Located primarily in the Americas, Asia and Europe, TIAW members include both individuals and associations representing more than 50,000 members worldwide. Further information is available on www.tiaw.org.
7. Photos of the award winners will be available on www.wibf.org.uk after 3pm. For further information and interview opportunities, please contact WIBF Executives: