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

Alison Robb

Alison Robb

Coutts

Awards shortlist
Alison Robb is currently a Director in the Coutts Strategy Team, having spent the last three years as Business Manager to the Coutts CEO. She continues to work closely with the CEO and the executive team in shaping and building the strategy for the Bank.
Jenny Chong

Jenny Chong

Credit Suisse

Awards shortlist
Jenny Chong is currently a Director in Credit Suisse, working in the Semantic Technology, Analytics, and Machine Intelligence team. She is the Global Head of eCommunications Surveillance Technology, running an award-winning global platform to monitor and supervise electronically produced communications, using behavioural analytics and machine learning to detect potentially malicious or anomalous activity.
Joanne Seagrave

Joanne Seagrave

"By expanding my network I learned more about industry developments, gained support from women on how to face challenges"

WIBF team
Joanne Seagrave is chair of the WIBF Edinburgh branch. To celebrate International Women’s Day last week, Tesco Bank spoke to colleagues who are actively involved in the conversation on how we promote a better gender balance at the bank. Joanne shared how her involvement in the Women at Tesco and Women in Banking and Finance networks has made a huge difference in her career.
Esra Turk

Esra Turk

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

Awards judge
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.
Gerry Mallon

Gerry Mallon

The Women in Banking and Finance Awards plays a crucial role in driving diversity and excellence in our sector

Awards judge
Gerry Mallon started as Chief Executive of Tesco Bank in August 2018 and is a member of the Tesco executive committee. We are delighted he has agreed to judge this year's WIBF Awards for Achievement shortlists.
Julie Baker

Julie Baker

"be adaptable, enjoy what you do, challenge yourself to be daring, different but stay authentic to yourself."

Awards judge
Julie Baker is Head of Enterprise and Community Finance at NatWest, with a 30+ year career in the world of banking in both business and commercial, covering leadership roles. Julie was ‘Highly Commended’ at last year’s Women in Finance awards for the program she leads at NatWest supporting female entrepreneurs. This year she is a member of the WIBF Awards for Achievement judging panel.
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.
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.