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.

Jane Harries

Jane Harries

"Jane exudes confidence, energy and passion..."

Jane Harries joined WIBF Speakers – City Club in June 2016. She enthusiastically embraced signing up for club roles, starting with Timer at her first meeting, then Grammarian in her second meeting before taking on the challenge of the Toastmaster role in only her third meeting. Very brave and ambitious.

Stacey English

Stacey English

"We're technologically able to work from anywhere."

Stacey has over 20 years regulatory risk experience within the financial services industry as a regulator, practitioner and non executive director. As head of Regulatory Intelligence for Thomson Reuters, she provides analysis and insight on global regulatory developments to compliance and risk professionals worldwide.

Elaine Skinner-Reid

Elaine Skinner-Reid

”What have you done today to make yourself proud?”

Elaine Skinner-Reid is Global Head of Treasury Trading at BP. Treasury Trading, operates in the U.K, the U.S and Singapore, providing the interface between BP and the international financial markets. Elaine joined BP in January 2017 from the banking sector where she spent more than 20 years in the global financial markets and prides herself on running a diverse and inclusive team.

Jane Magill

Jane Magill

“Every experience is an opportunity to learn.”

Jane Magill is a Managing Director in Commodity Markets and Finance at Macquarie Bank Limited (Macquarie), responsible for commodity related business development and strategic investments.  Jane has worked at Macquarie on three separate occasions, most recently re-joining the firm in 2009 after a planned career break. 

Leigh Smyth

Leigh Smyth

"I really believe in loving the job you do. Life is just too short to do anything different."

Leigh joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2012 as Head of Digital Inclusion, leading the digital inclusion agenda on behalf of the Group. She has built the UK’s largest volunteering network of over 25,000 Digital Champions and also leads the development of the report into the digital capability of SMEs, Charities and Consumers– the Lloyds Bank Business Digital Index.

Jackie Moran

Jackie Moran

"pick the best piece of advice that I’ve been given it would be to broaden your networks and get a sponsor"

Jackie is a Customer Operations Director at Standard Life. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Jackie attained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Studies and German and later completed an MBA with the Open University. Jackie has developed a broad financial services experience, with roles across Standard Life Group. Her operational and risk background has provided her with opportunities to lead people, deliver for the customer and to shape the control environment.

Karen Frank

Karen Frank

As a society, we have to embrace a real accountability for equality in the workplace – and equality in all things

Karen is CEO of the Private Bank & Overseas Services business, based in London, and a member of the Barclays International Executive Committee. Karen joined Barclays in 2012 as a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsors Group (FSG) and was appointed Co-Head of FSG for EMEA in 2013. She was a member of the Banking Operating Committee, EMEA and Global Diversity Council. She assumed her current role leading the PB&OS business in October 2016.

Caroline Cooper

Caroline Cooper

Take Control of your destiny!

Caroline Cooper is Director of Finance, Sky UK, looking after the Content and Commercial Businesses which includes Sports, Entertainment and Media. Prior to Sky, Caroline spent 10 years at ITV plc, most recently as Finance Director of ITV Studios. Alongside her finance responsibilities Caroline is a non-executive on a number of TV production company boards including Jupiter Entertainment, Love and Blast and the Sky and A&E JV, AETN UK.

Noeleen Cowley

Noeleen Cowley

"If you are doing something you enjoy you are setting yourself up for success"

In her 7 years at KPMG, Noeleen has been a trail blazer through the firm; winning and delivering transformational client engagements, shaping the future of the business and building a diverse and supportive community. In November last year, she became the first female partner in the Banking Operations and Customer team and is one of the youngest partners in the firm.

Francesca Lynch

Francesca Lynch

"It’s not about having equal numbers of men and women in a certain role or industry but creating an environment that challenge"

Francesca was the 2017 recipient of WIBF's Young Professional Award. Fran was identified as top Director talent within Fixed Incomes and Currencies globally. She was promoted immediately upon eligibility and was the top ranked Director Promotion candidate in the global FIC 2016 process. Currently Director and Co-Head of Europe Corporate Credit Trading for RBC Capital Markets RBC is reviewing fast-tracking Francesca to Managing Director over the next two years so she can take on a greater leadership role.