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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Robert Joined Standard Life Investments as a Japanese portfolio manager, in 1997 from Scottish Amicable Investment Managers. In 2002 he was promoted to the position of Head of Japanese Equities. In 2008 Robert moved to the Global Equities desk as Head of EAFE Funds. Following almost three years in that position Robert joined the Global Client Group management team in 2010 as Global Head of Product.
Sarah is an assurance manager in the London Wealth and Asset Management team at EY. She leads engagement teams in large, FTSE 100 group audits within wealth and asset management. She has international experience working in the New York team. She is a member of the EY Women’s Network and helps lead the diversity agenda within Wealth and Asset Management.
Callie serves as Director, Europe Overseas Services, based in London with responsibility for Cyprus, Gibraltar, Malta, and Russia. She previously served at the Chief Country Officer for Gibraltar. She is the liaison for Barclays with WIBF. Callie joined Barclays in 2006 and has worked in the banking and financial service for 16 years. She has a wealth of knowledge on corporate, personal, international banking and risk and management, and has served on the ICC Legal Banking Committee.
Meeting professionals who do a vast range of different roles across the financial services is a key attraction for WIBF member Pinar Parlar. Director of UK credit sales at Royal Bank of Canada, Pinar joined WIBF in 2014 and she has twice made the shortlist in the Young Professional of the Year category in the annual Awards for Achievement.
For Edinburgh member Sally McFall, WIBF has offered a first taste of board experience – bringing personal fulfilment and equipping her to offer better support and guidance to senior clients in her day job as director - Scotland at recruitment firm Stanton House.