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Awards – celebrate with us

Our Awards for Achievement

Having been presented annually since 1998, the 26th Awards for Achievement celebrate the talent in the financial services sector among individuals and companies – both large and small.

This is important. Individuals progress diversity, equity and inclusion through their own experience and are role models for their peers, but also help encourage others to challenge the status quo in their own workplaces. Companies, meanwhile, have the power to change the careers and lives of their entire workforce, and can become a standard bearer for UK financial services.

The awards in 2024

After the successful expansion of the 2023 awards to include Edinburgh, the 26th Awards for Achievement are set to expand again. This year will not only see physical events held in Edinburgh and London. We’re also looking to host face-to-face celebrations in Birmingham and Bristol at the request of our local members too.

This year will also see a change to the online event, where the awards presentation will be folded into the evening celebrations and streamed online. This updated approach is again due to the valuable feedback we received in 2023 and given everyone’s desire to be able to immediately celebrate with our incredibly worthy winners!

2023's awards

2023 kicked off with a shortlist champagne reception on 19 September. Our national awards then dazzled virtually from the spirited soul of Edinburgh at lunchtime on Tuesday 10 October, which we watched the winners and those highly commended announced during our digital celebration. It was followed by an evening reception.

Thursday 12 October then saw the final event - our London prize-winners party - held in Canary Wharf’s treasure.

Our theme of 'Power in Numbers' wasn't just a phrase; it epitomises collective strength. When we band together, we amplify our influence, drive change, forge stronger bonds, and create safer spaces. WIBF has channeled this collective power since 1980, quantifying our tangible impact and reinforcing the transformative power of these ground-breaking awards.

Our awards' archive


2022 Awards

Hosted by Anna Lane, WIBF's President & CEO, and Kate Thornton, broadcaster and journalist, our virtual event saw over 700 people watch our latest award winners announced. It was followed by a London in person celebration - the first face to face gathering since the Covid-19 pandemic and attended by 450+ people.

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2021 Recognition

An opportunity to recognise and celebrate individuals active in progressing gender equality, across the UK’s financial services sector, the virtual celebration saw a packed 90 minutes of panel discussions, key note speakers in Alison Rose and Inga Beale (amongst others) and showcased some of our industry's amazing role models.

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2020 Awards

The 23rd Annual Awards for Achievement celebrated the achievements of four individuals and a team for their work promoting diversity and gender equality in banking and finance at a time of substantial change due to Covid-19. Our keynote address from Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, focused on opportunities post the pandemic.

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As part of our 40th (ruby) anniversary celebrations in 2020, we took the opportunity to celebrate the past and inspire the future.

We also recognised some of the individuals who have been a part of our journey to becoming the longest standing gender network in the UK and the only one with reach across the four nations.

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2019 Awards

The 22nd Awards for Achievement were a huge success, with more nominations than ever before and more than 530 people attending the awards luncheon. We were proud to welcome Dr Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England to present the keynote speech ahead of the prize giving that saw the first Tech Star Award presented.

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2018 Awards

WIBF’s belief that the awards are a flagship event was underlined by the success of our 21st Awards for Achievement, providing an opportunity to recognise the talent and achievements of women (and their male champions) in the sector, as well as underline WIBF’s confidence in the power of exceptional role models.

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Our awards alumni

With awards presented annually since 1998, WIBF has had the privilege of recognising a list of amazing individuals and teams over the years. These select few are invited to join our awards alumni and gain access to a burgeoning list of exclusive, invitation-only events.

If you are a WIBF Award winner and you haven't received an invite, please get in touch with our operations team to be included.

Interested in sponsorship?

We are really grateful for the support we receive for our awards, particularly given we now stage a virtual event to support our nationwide footprint and organise in person events to enables the shortlisted nominees and award winners to meet each other and network.

We have a range of opportunities to suit every budget so please contact us to discuss what options are available.

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