Our Patron’s message

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


E. Noel Harwerth is a non-executive director of Standard Life plc (member, Risk Committee, Nomination and Governance Committee and Audit committee), The London Metal Exchange (member, Audit committee and Enforcement Committee), Sirius Minerals (member of the Audit Committee), and serves as SID on the board of CHAPS.

She is currently Chairman of GE Capital Bank Europe and served as Chairman of Sumitomo Mitsui Bank (Europe Middle East and Africa) from 2004 to June 2015. In 2006 she was appointed by the U.K.Government to the Board of the Tote, and served on the board until its privatisation. She has served on the boards of Alent, Corus (British Steel), Logica, Impellam Group, RSA Insurance Group, Avocet Mining, Anglo Irish Bank, and Dominion Diamond Corporation.

Mrs. Harwerth was appointed by the UK government as Partnership Director of London Underground and served in that role from 2003-2008, having previously served on the Board of Transport for London, where she chaired the Audit Committee.

From 1998 to 2004 Mrs. Harwerth was Chief Operating Officer of Citibank International PLC in London. She was responsible for infrastructure and governance of Europe’s first truly pan European bank, with branches in 18 countries.

Prior to joining Citicorp in 1988, Mrs. Harwerth held senior positions in Dun & Bradstreet and Kennecott Copper Corporation, where she worked on large, complex international mining transactions.

Mrs. Harwerth was educated at the University of Texas in Austin and holds a Jurisdoctor degree from the University of Texas Law School. She holds both U.S. and British citizenship.

Mrs. Harwerth is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers, board member of The Committee of 200, member of the International Women’s Forum, and serves on the board of the British Horseracing Authority. She is Chairman of the UK Chapter of Women Corporate Directors. She served on the U.S./U.K.Fulbright Commission and the Campaign Board of Historic Royal Palaces.