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

Deborah Gilshan

Deborah Gilshan

Winner of the 2019 Award for Achievement Award

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Alumni
Deborah is the Founder of The 100% Club, a network for professional women that seeks to promote the importance of networking for career advancement and personal development. It is Deborah’s contribution to retaining women in sectors challenged on gender balance.
Louise Jack

Louise Jack

Winner of 2019 Team Diversity Award with Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions COO Team, Macquarie

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Alumni
Louise Jack is Chief Operating Officer for Macquarie’s infrastructure debt business, based in London. She has worked for Macquarie for 10 years in a variety of roles, including performing business acquisitions/ integrations, and COO for the leasing business. During her career she has also worked in other UK offices, Sydney and the US. Louise trained as a chartered accountant at PwC where she focussed on risk assurance and process improvement engagements.
Amani Kiflemariam

Amani Kiflemariam

Winner of the 2019 Young Professional Award

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Alumni
Amani is the Head of Risk & Control, Impact Advisory and Finance Department (IAF) division at Credit Suisse. Amani has shown exemplary leadership and made significant contributions to the business and to enhancing the Diversity & Inclusion initiatives of Credit Suisse.
Anna Somaiya

Anna Somaiya

Winner of the Champion for Women Award 2019

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Awards shortlist
Alumni
Anna leads KPMG’s Digital Technology & Data Strategy. Three years ago, she founded the IT’s Her Future Programme which she continues to expand and lead. The programme has impacted technology teams across KPMG UK and globally, partnering with external organisations to deliver the best results for women in technology, and speaking with clients to assist with their transformations.
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.
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.
Alison McGregor

Alison McGregor

"Everyone has blind spots, even those of us who know about unconscious bias."

Award winner
As CEO Scotland, Alison is the senior leader responsible for the HSBC Group in Scotland, with over 4000 employees across a range of businesses. In addition to responsibility for people, customers and shareholders she has primary responsibility for maintaining the Group’s relationship with key external stakeholders and senior leaders with an interest and responsibility for supporting the growth of our economy.
Francesca Lynch

Francesca Lynch

"I’m not sure I was quite prepared for the recognition that came with winning the award!"

Award winner
Francesca Lynch, Winner of WIBF's 2017 Young Professional Award is now Head of the EUR Corporates Credit Trading team at RBC. We spoke to her to ask her about her year since winning...
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."

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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.