I am delighted to become your new patron. I have worked in a number of financial services businesses over the years… retail, wholesale and international banking, insurance, pensions and savings and regulated exchanges. Working with a number of exceptional women in those businesses was a source of support and inspiration.

The UK financial services sector is facing challenging times. BREXIT, increased regulation and global competition mean that professionals in our sector need to be on their toes. WIBF provides an opportunity to enhance your skills and network with your peers. I look forward to meeting with you and learning from you.

Noel Harwerth
WIBF Patron
November 2016


Noel Harwerth was appointed Chair of the UK Export Finance (UKEF) Board in January 2017. As part of her role as UKEF Board Chair she will also be a Non-Executive member of the Department for International Trade Board.

Noel comes from a long career in the finance and mining sectors with significant experience in emerging markets. She is the outgoing Chairman of GE Capital Bank Europe, a role she has held since 2011, and a non-executive director at Standard Life plc, the London Metal Exchange, CHAPS Co and Sirius Minerals. Her executive career has included roles with Citigroup International as its Chief Operating Officer, Citicorp and Dun & Bradstreet.