Our members and their stories are at the centre of WIBF’s identity. The women (and the men who champion us), from all career levels, are at the heart of the industry. Together, we are not afraid to say what needs to be said. We strive to go the furthest. We lead from the front. We drive change. We encourage solidarity. We are proud of our members’ achievements and the role WIBF plays in helping them get where they are. Read a selection of our member stories below.

Carolanne Minashi

Carolanne Minashi

"There is something about the recognition of peers that is purely magical!"

Carolanne joined UBS in February 2016 as the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, for UBS. Prior to joining UBS she spent 29 years at Citi and has an extensive background in senior HR leadership positions including Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Talent Management and Employee Relations. She achieved recognition and acclaim for Citi as a best practice employer through numerous Awards, she lead and authored a Global Study looking at the root causes leading to senior Female Attrition.
James Chapman

James Chapman

"Diversity and equality in teams create superior results"

James has been trading and managing Credit businesses for 20 years. He has been Head of Credit Trading Europe at RBC since 2015. He nominated Francesca Lynch, WIBF's 2017 winner of the Young Professional Award.
Nick Williams

Nick Williams

"We should encourage all men to listen to their female colleagues"

Awards judge
Nick is a highly respected Executive with extensive experience in leading transformative change in complex organisations, across the public and private sectors. Nick is a member of the WIBF judging panel for this year's Awards for Achievement.
Francesca Lynch

Francesca Lynch

"I’m not sure I was quite prepared for the recognition that came with winning the award!"

Award winner
Francesca Lynch, Winner of WIBF's 2017 Young Professional Award is now Head of the EUR Corporates Credit Trading team at RBC. We spoke to her to ask her about her year since winning...
Marian Bloodworth

Marian Bloodworth

"Do it! If you are thinking about it, then do it!"

WIBF team
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. She was appointed to the WIBF Advisory Board in July 2017, and has been involved with WIBF since 2009 and this year she is on the panel of judges for the 2018 Awards for Achievement. We caught up with Marian to ask her about her roles with WIBF.
Elizabeth Hart, ACIB, TEP, MSID

Elizabeth Hart, ACIB, TEP, MSID

"I still feel proud to be part of WIBF and to be a past winner is just an amazing achievement which is with you forever."

Award winner
Elizabeth has dedicated her entire working career, of over 31 years, to advising private clients, providing wealthy families with highly personalised and professional wealth management and succession planning advice. She was the winner of the WIBF Award for Achievement in 2000.
Sophie Baldry

Sophie Baldry

"Winning the award has really helped me to raise my profile both inside and outside of my organisation."

Award winner
Awards judge
Sophie Baldry is a Senior Manager within Lloyds Banking Group’s Community Banking Division, working as the Executive Assistant to the MD of Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland. Prior to that she spent a year as a Product Owner working in Scrum & Agile Methodology, leading a team to shape and deliver tools to support customers and colleagues to build digital capability.
Jane Karczewski

Jane Karczewski

“I have seen the real impact the awards have from a confidence and recognition point of view.”

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.
Tracy Jordan

Tracy Jordan

"The WIBF awards are highly recognised across my sector and have introduced me to so many other inspirational women"

Under Tracy’s leadership as Programme Director, Credit Suisse’s Modern Muse has engaged the next generation of female business leaders by showcasing diverse women and their roles within banks. The programme has directly reached 1,850 girls and inspired more than 200,000 young women and girls in the UK, partnering with approximately 35 schools and three universities and are looking to expand into other countries.
Vanessa Vallely

Vanessa Vallely

"The awards showcase just how much talent there is in the female pipeline and provides these women with a platform to shine"

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.