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

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 Strategic Solutions and Origination in Markets. Previously, she was Head of Distribution and Origination at Financial Resource Management as well as the Accountable Executive of the Client and Conduct workstream for the Structural Reform Programme – Europe (Brexit). Esra is the Executive Sponsor of WIN London.
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.
Hayley Rosenlund

Hayley Rosenlund

RBC

Awards shortlist
Hayley Rosenlund joined RBC Capital Markets in 2011 on the graduate program. After spending the first three years of her career trading local currency product, she transitioned to Nordic Credit Sales in 2014, and has since delivered over 400% growth in the region. She now runs Nordic, Dutch and Bank Treasury Credit Sales, and oversees a team of three salespeople.
Ciara Houlihan

Ciara Houlihan

HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) DAC

Awards shortlist
Ciara has used her extensive experience in Financial Services globally to lead and inspire others in championing women in her own organisation, HSBC and in the sector as a whole. This is evidenced through her work with HSBC’s ‘Balance’ network which supports recruitment, development, advancement and engagement of a gender-balanced workforce, where she is a local and European lead and through her extensive mentoring at HSBC and beyond.
Olya Meier

Olya Meier

RBC

Awards shortlist
Olya founded and launched RFuture, a global employee group with the mission to engage, connect, empower, and inspire the next generation of leaders at RBC. RFuture provides a platform whereby employees can shape the next generation in banking in an inclusive and diverse environment through self-driven corporate entrepreneurship. Olya’s significant achievement has been a powerful example that determination, thinking outside the box and strong leadership can drive change in spite of lack of seniority.