Women in Banking and Finance had it’s most successful awards in its 21 year history with a record number of nominations and over 500 people attending the Awards luncheon. The Awards for Achievement luncheon and award ceremony was held on 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 are delighted that the WIBF Awards were sponsored by corporate member, Citi. Citi have 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 were 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. The WIBF Rising Star Award sits alongside our WIBF Award for Achievement, WIBF Champion for Women, WIBF Young Professional and WIBF Team Diversity awards.

Thank you to all those who have supported us this year and congratulations to all the shortlisted nominees and of course our amazing winners.

You can see the full selection of photographs from the Luncheon on our Flickr account

Video highlights

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?

Sponsored by

Headline sponsor

“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


“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
Credit Suisse is delighted to sponsor the 2018 Champion for Women Award. Our employee, Tracy Jordan, received the 2017 award due to her outstanding contribution to the Modern Muse program. Winning the award further elevated the profile of Modern Muse resulting in increased funding, global expansion and the launch of the Modern Muse Next Steps initiative. Good luck to the 2018 nominees!


This year Santander was listed as one of the top 50 employers for women in the UK by The Times in recognition of our initiatives to equalise the gender pay gap, such as our Accelerating You Women’s Leadership Programme, Returnship Programme and commitment to the HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter to achieve 50% [+/- 10%] women in senior roles by 2021 across the bank. We are proud to sponsor the 2018 WIBF Rising Star Award.

The winners

Women Connect, Credit Suisse

Team Diversity Award

Credit Suisse’s Women Connect initiative co-ordinates a group of female MDs who host interactive monthly forums to encourage an open dialogue in a confidential, collaborative and inclusive environment. The programme delivers inspiring speaker events and learning resources to develop a range of business, technical and interpersonal skills to enable participants to progress their careers. Feedback from participants has been so overwhelmingly positive that the programme will be extended globally and across a wider population to maximise its impact and build upon success to date. Women Connect’s founders, Lisa London and Tanya Bhairo, have demanding day jobs but have shown exceptional passion and commitment to driving the diversity agenda and developing a pipeline of female talent through Women Connect.

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Tracy Watkinson, Credit Suisse

Champion for Women

Tracy, a COO at Credit Suisse, carried out detailed work aimed at identifying the potential risk of unconscious gender bias in internal employee processes. Her conclusions have been fully endorsed by the UK Senior Executive team, the UK Board and Group Board members. Consequently, senior management has approved changes in processes, aimed at eliminating the possibility of any such unconscious bias. Tracy created and leads an initiative to inspire Credit Suisse’s women to hold a board role alongside their professional career. As a Non-Executive Director herself, she organises events giving insight on securing a board role and what that role entails, and she personally provides 1-2-1 coaching. Tracy successfully secured Credit Suisse corporate membership for the Women on Boards network.

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Abisola Barber, Barclays

Rising Star Award

Abisola is Assistant Vice President – Business Manager at Barclays. She has embraced challenge and change throughout her career. Self-confident yet collaborative she consistently outperforms. Her new role as a Trading Business Manager, giving her more responsibilities, has allowed her steadfast performance, management and oversight during critical moments to shine. Abisola has been a valuable addition to Barclays’ efforts within Diversity & Inclusion. From establishing a six-month secondment programme for high-performing individuals in the UK and South Africa to forging innovative ways to engage the next generation’s women with careers in the Financial Services, Abisola is passionate about breaking down barriers to participation. Abisola was named in the 2017 EMpower Top 30 Future Ethnic Minority Leaders, published in the Financial Times.

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Alison McGregor, HSBC

Award for Achievement

Alison is CEO Scotland for HSBC, leading over 4000 employees across a range of businesses. She is responsible for maintaining HSBC’s relationship with those external stakeholders and senior leaders with a key interest in supporting economic growth. Alison is a Board member of CBI, a Non-Executive Director of The Beatson Cancer Charity, a Board member of Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board. She was Chair of CBI Scotland from 2015 to 2017. Alison was named Scottish Corporate Leader of the Year 2017 at the inaugural Scottish Women’s Awards. Alison has made it her personal mission to increase the “trust in banking and the confidence and pride of our people”. She is a role model for women across the sector and beyond.

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Emma Margetts, Visible Alpha

Young Professional Award

Emma was the CEO and co-founder of Alpha Exchange and successfully sold the company to Visible Alpha in November 2017, a comprehensive MiFID II solution for investment research. In addition to launching Alpha Exchange, Margetts started The Business Learning Network, the first women’s accelerator for female entrepreneurs in the townships of South Africa, in 2008; advises NGOs and startups across Africa; and is on the steering committee for Harambe Catalyst Fund, an African venture fund.

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