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. If you would like to share your story get in touch! digital@wibf.org.uk

Piyali Williams

Piyali Williams

Santander UK

Awards shortlist
Piyali has spent the last 20 years in financial services, specialising within the Commercial & Corporate segment, with a particular focus on liquidity management. She joined Santander as Head of Liquidity Solutions in September 2016 leading product & proposition management of the Corporate deposit portfolio, as well as taking responsibility for driving the sales pipeline and origination activities to support the delivery of strategic, regulatory and commercial targets including new business growth.
Jude Cook

Jude Cook

ShareIn

Awards shortlist
Jude Cook is the CEO of Edinburgh-based ShareIn, the market leading experts in crowdfunding software and regulatory compliance. ShareIn operate some of the largest impact investing and property crowdfunding platforms in the UK.
Michelle Prance

Michelle Prance

Innovation and Strategy Team, Lloyds Banking Group

Awards shortlist
The Innovation & Strategy team is leading the way in terms of diversity. The team of 46 represent 15 nationalities from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, across an age range of 21 – 62. Gender diversity is high on the teams’ agenda and over 40% of colleagues in Innovation & Strategy are female; with 50% of senior roles fulfilled by women.
Joanna Crew

Joanna Crew

Barclays

Awards shortlist
Joanna is a Barclays Brexit Technology Programme Manager, successfully coordinating four project management teams to deliver complex objectives in a shifting regulatory environment. Joanna studied Politics and Russian, joining the Barclays graduate scheme in 2012. Her rapid career progression has seen her hold roles as Regulatory MI Business Partner and a Chief of Staff.
Sushmita Saraswat

Sushmita Saraswat

KPMG, LLP

Awards shortlist
Sushmita is currently working with KPMG in their Testing Practice and is an expert on automation testing. She has shown great results while working under tight timelines and towards complex client requirements. Her ability to find solutions to complex defects and attention to detail while defining test methodologies makes her an inspiring team member. She mentors all juniors, graduates and new joiners in the team who are new to testing.
Alison Robb

Alison Robb

Coutts

Awards shortlist
Alison Robb is currently a Director in the Coutts Strategy Team, having spent the last three years as Business Manager to the Coutts CEO. She continues to work closely with the CEO and the executive team in shaping and building the strategy for the Bank.
Jenny Chong

Jenny Chong

Credit Suisse

Awards shortlist
Jenny Chong is currently a Director in Credit Suisse, working in the Semantic Technology, Analytics, and Machine Intelligence team. She is the Global Head of eCommunications Surveillance Technology, running an award-winning global platform to monitor and supervise electronically produced communications, using behavioural analytics and machine learning to detect potentially malicious or anomalous activity.
Joanne Seagrave

Joanne Seagrave

"By expanding my network I learned more about industry developments, gained support from women on how to face challenges"

WIBF team
Joanne Seagrave is chair of the WIBF Edinburgh branch. To celebrate International Women’s Day last week, Tesco Bank spoke to colleagues who are actively involved in the conversation on how we promote a better gender balance at the bank. Joanne shared how her involvement in the Women at Tesco and Women in Banking and Finance networks has made a huge difference in her career.
Esra Turk

Esra Turk

"I think it is incredibly important to be connected to who you are and to be centered in yourself."

Awards judge
Esra Turk is a Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets Origination for Markets at Barclays, based in London. Esra is the Executive Sponsor of Barclays’ WIN Gender Network in London. She also represents Barclays on the Board and Finance Committee of Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership.
Gerry Mallon

Gerry Mallon

The Women in Banking and Finance Awards plays a crucial role in driving diversity and excellence in our sector

Awards judge
Gerry Mallon started as Chief Executive of Tesco Bank in August 2018 and is a member of the Tesco executive committee. We are delighted he has agreed to judge this year's WIBF Awards for Achievement shortlists.