Women in Banking and Finance is getting ready to celebrate the talented women of our industry at the 21st WIBF Awards for Achievement on Friday 15th June 2018 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. These prestigious annual awards highlight the inspirational work taking place every day in pursuit of diversity and excellence in the banking and finance sector.

WIBF is delighted that the WIBF Awards will, once more, be sponsored by corporate member, Citi. Citi has been a hugely supportive and engaged member of WIBF for many years, and shares WIBF’s belief that the Awards are a flagship event and opportunity to recognise the talent and achievements of women (and their male champions) in the sector, as well as WIBF’s confidence in the power of exceptional role models.

“Having people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences in our teams brings different perspectives to the table, enhances decision-making, and improves overall business performance. Citi’s continued relationship with WIBF allows us to honour our diversity goals, in-relation to supporting women both at Citi and in the wider financial services industry to ensure female representation continues to grow and is appropriately recognised.” – Jim Cowles, EMEA CEO, Citi,

This year, WIBF is delighted to introduce a new award, The WIBF Rising Star Award, celebrating those women who have been in the finance industry for five years or less but have absolutely left their mark on their organisation and on their colleagues. There is no age limit for this award. The WIBF Rising Star Award sits alongside our WIBF Award for Achievement, WIBF Champion for Women, WIBF Young Professional and WIBF Team Diversity awards.

Nominations for the 2018 WIBF Awards for Achievement are open. The deadline for submission is Wednesday 28th February 2018. Please see the nominations page for full details of the awards and how to nominate.

Do you work with a future WIBF Award for Achievement winner? If so, nominate them NOW!

Get ready to celebrate!

The Ballroom, Hilton Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE
Friday 15th June 2018 12:00pm to 3:30pm Add to my calendar
Member: £100   Guest: £250  

Book Tickets and tables

The Categories

Award for Achievement

Celebrates a woman who has achieved success within a senior role and who displays qualities of dynamism and daring in her working life. Candidates have also used their skills beyond their own career by either serving on boards of other organisations and/or by their involvement with furthering the interests of women in the workplace. This woman is considered a role model and is making a significant impact by driving change across the industry.

Champion for Women Award

Celebrates a seasoned professional, man or woman, who through personal commitment, application and dedication, continuously promotes and inspires women in the workplace to reach their full potential.

Team Award for Diversity

Celebrates team success in promoting gender diversity in the workplace. The team may be a business line team that has driven and embedded the diversity agenda or a specialist function (such as HR or Diversity & Inclusion) that partners the business to provide vision and framework for enabling diversity at work.

Young Professional Award

Celebrates a woman aged 35 or younger (on 28th February 2018) who is making an exceptional impact within an organisation. She is shaping her organisation, not only in terms of business success, but also in the example she provides to colleagues. This individual out-performs her peers across the industry and demonstrates huge drive for career success alongside energy for helping others.

Rising Star Award

Celebrates a woman who has demonstrated significant initiative in the early stages of her career in finance (no more than five years on 28th February 2018). There is no age limit for this award. Candidates may include someone who has changed careers to, or within, finance (such as a lawyer taking on a business role in finance or an accountant moving into the finance sector). This woman’s outstanding contribution to her organisation makes her ‘one to watch’ as someone who has progressed with their career at a significant pace in a short space of time. What will this woman do next?

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“Having people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences in our teams brings different perspectives to the table, enhances decision-making, and improves overall business performance. Citi’s continued relationship with WIBF allows us to honour our diversity goals, in-relation to supporting women both at Citi and in the wider financial services industry to ensure female representation continues to grow and is appropriately recognised.”

Jim Cowles, EMEA CEO, Citi


Lloyds Banking Group
"Lloyds Banking Group is proud to support the Women in Banking and Finance Shortlist Dinner, which honours the women and men that judges have recognised as stand out talent across the industry. We are especially pleased this year to be presenting the Award for Achievement. This is a prestigious award recognising a female leader who is delivering significant impact to the sector and beyond."


“Barclays are delighted to sponsor the 2018 Young Professional Award, with just over 45% of our colleagues under the age of 35 it is important for us to nurture, grow and of course recognise the contribution of this talented part of our workforce.”

Wendy Papworth, Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays


Standard Life Aberdeen
“At Standard Life Aberdeen we have a fundamental belief that everyone, regardless of background, deserves the opportunity to work and fulfil their potential in an inclusive workplace. Our approach to Diversity & Inclusion is in its broadest sense and over a number of years we have progressed our inclusion approach and practices. Making sustainable progress in building diverse and inclusive workplaces will be accelerated by collaborating with and learning from each other – that’s why we are delighted to be sponsoring the Women in Banking and Finance Alumni which is an exciting opportunity to share the great work which is happening across our organisations.”

Lynne Connolly, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Standard Life Aberdeen

Champion for Women award sponsor

Credit Suisse


Nominations are now open. Please don’t wait until the last minute to nominate. Think now about the colleagues who inspire you – could one of them be a 2018 WIBF Award for Achievement winner?

Nominations close on 28th February 2018

Nomination form

The Judges

Marian Bloodworth

Partner, Kemp Little

Marian is a partner in the Employment Team and Financial Services group at Kemp Little, advising commercial clients, on a range of employment law issues.

Her particular expertise is in helping clients in the financial services sector manage their legal risk. She has extensive experience of advising on complex and high value litigation and also advises on the employment law implications and challenges of regulatory regime requirements, including internal and external regulatory investigations, the Approved Persons Regime (APER) and the Senior Managers regime for banks and insurers (SMCR and SIMR).

Marian is recognised in the legal directories, being described by Chambers UK as “an excellent lawyer with very sound judgements and good tactical acumen” and by Legal 500 as “unflappable”. She is a Who’s Who Legal Recognised Practitioner for Labour and Employment 2017. Marian is Co-Chair of the CityHR Consultation, Legislation, Advice and Policy Committee and of the working party set up to support members implementing the individual accountability regimes. She also leads the national Employment Lawyers’ Association (ELA) Training Committee and sits on the ELA Management Committee.

Marian was appointed to the WIBF Advisory Board in July 2017, and has been involved with WIBF since 2009.

Melanie Seymour

Managing Director, BlackRock Budapest

Melanie is responsible for establishing the BlackRock presence and building out the footprint in Hungary.

Melanie has over 30 years’ experience in Finance and Banking, holding senior roles in Technology, Operations, and Change Management as well as running her own business.

She set up and ran a mortgage distribution business with one partner, and over eight years grew the business to a team of over 200 with three offices throughout the UK and a turnover in excess of £20m.

She is Co-Chair of the EMEA chapter of BlackRock internal women’s committee (WIN) where she leads a programme of events to support women (and men) in their career journey through the firm. She is passionate about education and developing the next generation of leaders, mentoring a number of men and women both internally and externally.

In 2015 Melanie was recognised as one of Brummells’ Top 30 Inspiring Women in the City. She joined the Advisory Board of Women in Banking and Finance in 2017 after three years as Vice President. Melanie splits her time between Budapest and London with her husband and two sons.

Sarah Carroll

Managing Director, MUFG

Sarah’s role as a global relationship manager for large-cap multinational corporations positions her as a key intermediary between MUFG and the finance function of her clients and responsible for the origination of a wide range of transactions in conjunction with product partners. Sarah also is the head of industrial clients within Western Europe.

Prior to joining MUFG in 2015, Sarah worked at Deutsche Bank, following five years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Sarah also spent many years at JP Morgan Chase & Co, where she set up the corporate banking function following the merger of JP Morgan with Chase Manhattan in 2000.

Sarah was involved in the creation of, and is now co-chair of, the MUFG employee network, Balance, which focuses on driving gender balance across MUFG in EMEA. As well as being a mentor for other women in financial services, Sarah worked to raise awareness of diversity issues at JP Morgan Chase & Co, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. For this, and her work in Finance, Sarah was ranked No.40 in the FT’s HERoes awards in September 2017.

Sarah is a non-executive director of Nottingham Trent University and Stockport Grammar School.

Jane Karczewski

Managing Director, HSBC

Jane Karczewski has recently joined HSBC as Managing Director, Head of Global Custody within Global Banking and Markets. She has global responsibility for the management and development of the global custody franchise.

Prior to HSBC was a Managing Director within Citi Global Markets, Strategic Risk Solutions, where she focused on Asset Management solutions for liquidity and yield across multiple asset classes. Jane started at Citi in 2010 as EMEA Head of Sales and Business Development for Equity Financing and Delta One. Further roles include: Managing Director, Head of Equity Finance Sales within Global Prime Finance at Deutsche and 13 years at Morgan Stanley where she started as an Equity Finance trader before moving to a senior sales role managing the EMEA Sales effort.

Jane is on the Board of London Women’s Forum, and is the former Co-Chair of Citi Women. Whilst at Deutsche Jane was a member of the Senior Women’s Advisory Board, and the Women in European Banking (WEB) committee.

She started her career working for an FX Hedge Fund in Monaco. Jane has a BA (Hons) in European Studies with Combined Languages from Kent University in Canterbury, and speaks fluent French and German.

Vanessa Vallely

Managing Director, WeAreTheCity

At the height of her successful 25 year career in the financial services, Vanessa launched the award winning WeAreTheCity.com in 2008 as a vehicle to help corporate women connect and grow professionally and personally. WeAreTheCity.com now has over 120,000 members and in 2013 launched a sister site in India.
Vanessa is the also the founder of UK wide diversity forum Gender Networks. Gender Networks (formerly The Network of Networks) brings together diversity leaders from over 120 firms to share best practice.

Vanessa is the author of the book “Heels of Steel: Surviving and Thriving in the Corporate World” which tracks her career and shares 13 chapters of tips to succeed in the workplace.

Over the past seven years, Vanessa has been named Women in Banking and Finance’s Champion for Women, Financial News Top 100 Rising Star, The International Alliance for Women Top 100 Women globally & Brummells Top 30 London Entrepreneurs. In 2015 Vanessa was in GQ UK’s Top 100 Connected Women and the Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential Londoners. Vanessa is a regular guest on TV and radio and also sits on the Government Digital Services advisory board.

Nick Williams

Managing Director, Lloyds Banking Group

Nick is a highly respected Executive with extensive experience in leading transformative change in complex organisations, across the public and private sectors.

As Managing Director of the Commercial Transformation at Lloyds Banking Group, he is responsible for Technology, Business Change and Digital channels to transform the banks capability in the Corporate Bank. Prior to this role, Nick ran the Consumer & Commercial Digital businesses across the group spanning across the 13m online users (9m mobile) in Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Halifax and Scottish Widows.

Nick is also the Group’s Ambassador for the North region, managing relationships with central and local government, MPs and LEPs. As the Chair of the Northern Executive Committee, he brings focus to the region with the objective of helping northern communities and businesses prosper.

The 2018 WIBF Charity – Bakhita House

Women in Banking in Finance is proud to support Bakhita House as the 2018 WIBF Charity. Bakhita House does vital work, with great compassion, for female victims of human trafficking. All proceeds from the charity collection at the WIBF Awards Luncheon this year will be donated to Bakhita House.

Caritas Bakhita House opened in June 2015 as an emergency safe house for rescued female victims of human trafficking in the UK. There are estimated to be more than 14,000 victims of human trafficking and modern day slavery living in the UK today, with 70% passing through or remaining in Greater London. 55% of trafficking and enslaved victims are women. Sadly, there are still large gaps in the care and resources available to help victims upon being freed. Caritas Bakhita Houseaims to meet this current gap in care by helping rescued female victims of human trafficking who have no access to public funding and support.

At Bakhita House guests receive pro-bono legal advice and assistance, counselling, medical help, translation, one-on-one English lessons, wellbeing and arts therapy, cooking and ICT classes, education and employment training and pastoral and spiritual care, provided by professional staff, religious sisters and 33 volunteers. Women can stay at the housefor up to three months - twice as long as the 45 days provided by Government funded schemes.

Since opening in June 2015, 81 women, originating from thirty countries, aged between 17 and 68, have been received into Bakhita House. Four women have also given birth during their stay at Bakhita house and a fifth baby is due shortly.

To find out more, go to www.rcdow.org.uk/caritas/human-trafficking/