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

Elizabeth Hart, ACIB, TEP, MSID

Elizabeth Hart, ACIB, TEP, MSID

"I still feel proud to be part of WIBF and to be a past winner is just an amazing achievement which is with you forever."

Award winner
Elizabeth has dedicated her entire working career, of over 31 years, to advising private clients, providing wealthy families with highly personalised and professional wealth management and succession planning advice. She was the winner of the WIBF Award for Achievement in 2000.
Sophie Baldry

Sophie Baldry

"Winning the award has really helped me to raise my profile both inside and outside of my organisation."

Award winner
Awards judge
Sophie Baldry is a Senior Manager within Lloyds Banking Group’s Community Banking Division, working as the Executive Assistant to the MD of Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland. Prior to that she spent a year as a Product Owner working in Scrum & Agile Methodology, leading a team to shape and deliver tools to support customers and colleagues to build digital capability.
Jane Karczewski

Jane Karczewski

“I have seen the real impact the awards have from a confidence and recognition point of view.”

Jane Karczewski has recently joined HSBC as Managing Director, Head of Global Custody within Global Banking and Markets. She has global responsibility for the management and development of the global custody franchise.
Tracy Jordan

Tracy Jordan

"The WIBF awards are highly recognised across my sector and have introduced me to so many other inspirational women"

Award winner
Alumni
Under Tracy’s leadership as Programme Director, Credit Suisse’s Modern Muse has engaged the next generation of female business leaders by showcasing diverse women and their roles within banks. The programme has directly reached 1,850 girls and inspired more than 200,000 young women and girls in the UK, partnering with approximately 35 schools and three universities and are looking to expand into other countries.
Vanessa Vallely

Vanessa Vallely

"The awards showcase just how much talent there is in the female pipeline and provides these women with a platform to shine"

Award winner
Awards judge
Alumni
At the height of her successful 25 year career in the financial services, Vanessa launched the award winning WeAreTheCity.com in 2008 as a vehicle to help corporate women connect and grow professionally and personally. WeAreTheCity.com now has over 120,000 members and in 2013 launched a sister site in India.
Melanie Seymour

Melanie Seymour

"The impact that being nominated has on candidates' confidence, as well as their internal and external profile, is incredible."

Awards judge
WIBF team
Melanie has over 30 years of experience in finance and banking, holding senior roles in Technology, Operations, and Change Management as well as running her own business. She joined the Advisory Board of Women in Banking and Finance in 2017 after three years as WIBF Vice President. Melanie splits her time between Budapest and London as managing director with BlackRock, Budapest. Melanie is on the judging panel for the 2018 WIBF Awards for Achievement so we asked her a few questions about the awards.
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.