In 2017 Edinburgh WIBF has had one of its busiest and most successful years. We provided 20 events for our members across the full range of programmes. This included 8 Personal Excellence Programme events to build skills, 5 networking events, our first Business breakfast panel event. For the first time we held 2 major high profile speaker events in February and August; Jayne-Anne Gadhia (CEO Virgin Money) and Alison McGregor (CEO HSBC Scotland). Both inspirational women spoke to large audiences (80+) of our members and guests about their careers, personal challenges and views on the challenges facing women in the industry.
Added to this, our mentoring programme has been extremely popular with 23 pairs of mentors and mentees matched and excellent feedback received on the value of this programme to our members. We also had our first Women on Boards events which is a new programme for Edinburgh.
During the year we have had a change in the leadership of the board with Niamh Simms and Kerry McCormack starting as Co-Chairs in early 2017. This has brought a successful balance of new energy combined with a variety of experience to the board.
Our membership has grown steadily over the year, boosted by the addition of a large number of RBS individual memberships in the second half of the year, and the addition of a number of new Corporate members both nationally and in Edinburgh. This has seen us welcome many new members to our events, and also additional volunteers to support our growing programme. Members continue to come from a diverse range of financial investment firms, Retail and investment banks, accountancy firms and commercial organisations in the finance sector. This diversity is what makes the network so valuable to the members, to meet and share experience with other professionals at different organisations