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

David Stringer-Lamarre

David Stringer-Lamarre

"Don’t pull the ladder up that you climbed, but leave it there and assist others to climb it."

Awards judge
David is the Chairman of the Institute of Directors, London Region; 6000+ business leaders. He is the Managing Director of Fortis Consulting London which helps organisations & individuals meet their objectives via knowledge input, skills development & ‘business-matching’. He has also found time to judge the 2019 WIBF Awards for Achievement.
Valeriya Malenko

Valeriya Malenko

"I absolutely recommend joining the WIBF mentoring scheme!"

Valeriya Malenko is an eFX Trading Analyst at RBC Capital Markets, based in London. She joined WIBF in 2017 and has since enjoyed being part of the mutually beneficial network. Valeriya holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge. She talked to us about her experiences on the WIBF Mentoring programme.
Masami Johnstone

Masami Johnstone

"I always think mentoring is rewarding, especially to see mentees transform into confident professionals."

Masami is currently leading buy side sales at Euronext as Head of Buy Side Sales. She is a financial markets professional with strong expertise in sales and analytics for both buy side and sell side communities. Masami joined the WIBF Mentoring Scheme to become a mentor, she tells us about her experiences.
Esra Turk

Esra Turk

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

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.
Fyona Knight

Fyona Knight

"Wonderful things can happen if you’re brave enough to take a chance on something new!"

WIBF team
As an Arts graduate, Fyona began her City career working in support roles, but worked her way up through the ranks by gaining front office experience and passing a series of financial qualifications, and now works as a Derivatives & Counterparty Risk Analyst for a large asset managment firm.
Sally Clark

Sally Clark

"Do something you love – that enables you to go home each night and say I had a great day."

Sally was appointed Chief Internal Auditor (CIA) in July 2014. Her role is to run the 650 strong global function as it provides assurance to key stakeholders on the effectiveness of the control environment at Barclays.
Women Connect - Credit Suisse

Women Connect - Credit Suisse

"We were both surprised and honoured to receive the award."

Award winner
Credit Suisse’s Women Connect initiative, led by Lisa London and Tanya Bhairo were the winners of the 2018 Team Diversity Award.
Kerry McCormack

Kerry McCormack

"It’s when situations like this happen that I really appreciate the power of the WIBF network."

Kerry joined WIBF in 2014 and was then appointed to the Edinburgh board in 2015 to take over the mentoring programme and roll out the Women on Boards programme. Kerry has now left the Edinburgh board as she has recently been promoted to a role with more international travel.
Abisola Barber

Abisola Barber

"I would encourage young women starting out to truly believe in themselves and their capabilities."

Award winner
We return to Rising Star winner Abisola Barber to find out what she has been up to since winning our award in June.
Emily Cox MBE

Emily Cox MBE

Better gender balance is not just a women’s issue, it’s an issue affecting everyone...

Emily Cox is the Director of Public Affairs at Virgin Money, where she led the team responsible for the Gadhia Review into the representation of women in senior managerial roles in the financial services industry. In January 2018 Emily became a member of the Chartered Institute of Insurance cross industry task force on insuring women’s risk. Emily is a member of the board of the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative and the London Women’s Forum.