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

Helena Thernstrom

Helena Thernstrom

RBS

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Helena is Head of Legal for Asset & Invoice Finance at RBS. She leads a high-performing legal team which delivers comprehensive, expert and commercial advice to its supported businesses. Since joining RBS, Helena has been an active driver of various diversity & inclusion initiatives and has co-chaired the Bank’s women’s network for the past three years.
Louise Jack

Louise Jack

Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions COO Team, Macquarie

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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.
Elise Badoy

Elise Badoy

Citi

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A 20-years industry Veteran, Badoy is Deputy Head of Research in EMEA. Badoy’s proudest achievement in 2019, is Citi Research stellar move up in the rankings over the last two years, ending up 2nd in the 2019 Institutional Investor Survey, up from 6th last year and 8th in 2017.
Jennifer Page

Jennifer Page

KPMG

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Jennifer is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Forensic Data Analytics practice. She specialises in financial crime technology, and in particular the introduction of machine learning and automation to optimise existing Financial Crime Control systems within financial service institutions.
Carolyn Porretta

Carolyn Porretta

Macquarie

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Carolyn is a Managing Director of Macquarie Bank’s Commodities and Global Markets’ Securitisation team The bulk of her experience is in investment banking but also spans private equity, advisory and asset management. She has been a director of start-ups, LLP’s and Fortune 500 companies and is respected as a proven strategic thinker with entrepreneurial drive.
Amani Kiflemariam

Amani Kiflemariam

Credit Suisse

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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.
Alex Cesar

Alex Cesar

Refinitiv

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Alex, Global Head Elektron Data Platform at Refinitiv, has forged a tight interlock between the Technology and Product teams, using her experience in the financial industry to highlight the importance of helping customers combat financial crime.
Leanne Allen

Leanne Allen

KPMG

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Leanne Allen is a Director in KPMG’s FS Tech Consulting Practice and leads KPMG’s Data capability driving 100% growth over two years with an impressive gender diverse team of 60% female.
Anna Somaiya

Anna Somaiya

KPMG

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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.
Piyali Williams

Piyali Williams

Santander UK

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Piyali has spent the last 20 years in financial services, specialising within the Commercial & Corporate segment, with a particular focus on liquidity management. She joined Santander as Head of Liquidity Solutions in September 2016 leading product & proposition management of the Corporate deposit portfolio, as well as taking responsibility for driving the sales pipeline and origination activities to support the delivery of strategic, regulatory and commercial targets including new business growth.