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Our 2019 awards – what happened

2019's Awards for Achievement

The 22nd WIBF Awards for Achievement were a huge success, with more nominations than ever before and more than 530 people attending the awards luncheon on Friday 14th June.

Our headline sponsor for the 2019 awards was Lloyds Banking Group, a long term supporter of WIBF, and we were delighted to work with them on these awards to recognise the incredible achievements of women in the banking and finance industry.

We were proud to welcome Dr Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, to provide the keynote speech at an occasion that saw the introduction of a new award – Tech Star Award – and, for the first time since 2008, we awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Our keynote speaker

Mark Carney is the Governor of the Bank of England and Chair of the Monetary Policy Committee, Financial Policy Committee and the Prudential Regulation Committee. His appointment as Governor was approved by Her Majesty the Queen on 26 November 2012. The Governor joined the Bank on 1 July 2013 having led the Bank of Canada as its Governor and Chairman of its Board of Directors .

In addition to his duties as Governor of the Bank of England, he serves as First Vice-Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board, a member of the Group of Thirty and the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum.

Mark Carney was born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada in 1965. He received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University in 1988. He went on to receive a master’s degree in Economics in 1993 and a doctorate in Economics in 1995, both from Oxford University. He subsequently joined Goldman Sachs for 13 years in its London, Tokyo, New York and Toronto offices.

2019 winners

Award for Achievement

Winner: Deborah Gilshan, Aberdeen Standard Investments


  • Carolyn Porretta, Macquarie
  • Edel Owen, Barclays
  • Elise Badoy, Citi
  • Kim Sgarlata, Capco
  • Piyali Williams, Santander
  • Saadia Mujeeb, NatWest Markets
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Champion for Women Award

Winner: Anna Somaiya, KPMG


  • Anna Helberg-Hansen, Lloyds Banking Group
  • David Evans, Credit Suisse
  • Fiona Roche, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Helena Thernstrom, RBS
  • Jennifer Page, KPMG
  • Magdalena Kron, Barclays
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Young Professional Award

Winner: Amani Kiflemariam, Credit Suisse


  • Alison Robb, Coutts
  • Catherine Perkins, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Cristina Tamsa, Santander
  • Joanna Crew, Barclays
  • Sushmita Saraswat, KPMG
  • Tabetha Armstrong, Credit Suisse
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Tech Star Award

Winner: Jenny Chong, Credit Suisse


  • Alex Cesar, Refinitiv
  • Eleanor Barlow, HSBC
  • Jude Cook, ShareIn
  • Juliette French, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Leanne Allen, KPMG
  • Lucy Plenderleith, EY
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Team Diversity Award

Winner: Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions COO Team, Macquarie


  • Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, Beazley
  • EMEA Women’s Network Steering Committee, Mizuho Bank
  • Global Transaction Banking UK, Santander
  • Innovation & Strategy, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Scottish Widows Distribution, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Gender Advisory Board, EY
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Our Lifetime Achievement Award

Our latest Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Noreen Doyle, a phenomenal businesswoman with over 40 years' experience in the banking sector. Currently, Chair of Credit Suisse International and the Independent Non-Executive Chair of Newmont Mining Corporation, she has led five different organisations. Furthermore, Noreen served as a Patron of Women in Banking and Finance for four years and has been a champion of women in the banking industry – formally in her executive and non-executive roles, and informally as a mentor and sponsor of other women.

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