Women in Banking and Finance is a not for profit membership organisation with branches in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, staffed primarily by voluntary Executive and Management Committees. Founded in 1980, we aim to foster our members’ ambitious spirit, with networking events, development programmes and leadership opportunities.

Patrons

Noel Harwerth
Patron
Heather Melville OBE
Patron
Michael Cole-Fontayn
Patron
Baroness Shriti Vadera
Patron
Iris Bohnet
Patron

Management team

Vivienne Artz
President
Julia Smith
Director of Marketing
Elaine Meyrick
Director of Governance / Bristol Branch Board Member
Maria Dickson
Chief Operating Officer
Sally McFall
Director of Awards
Manisha Dass
Director of Programmes
Liz Hughes
Director of Programmes
Cristina Chimenti
Chief Finance Officer
Cristina Serrano Saenz de Tejada
Director of Membership
Laura Thorburn
Branch Chair Glasgow, since 2017
Joanne Seagrave
Branch Chair Edinburgh
Niamh Simms
Branch Chair Representative Edinburgh, since 2017
Jennie Koo
Branch Chair Birmingham
Joanne Hanley
Co Branch Chair Birmingham
Alice Gaskell
Director of Strategy

Advisory Board

Melanie Seymour
Managing Director, BlackRock Budapest
Nigel Jackson
Executive Coach & Mentor, Leading Coach Ltd.
Susan Allen
Head of Customer Interactions, Santander (UK)
Marian Bloodworth
Employment Partner
Jay Sheth
Head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Virgin Money

Birmingham Branch

Jennie Koo
Branch Chair Birmingham
Joanne Hanley
Co Branch Chair Birmingham
Baljit Kaur
Birmingham Board Member - Women on Boards Lead
Tara Zutshi
Birmingham Board Member - PEP Lead
Lisa Phillips
Birmingham Board Member/ Partner Liaison
Laura Suffolk
Birmingham Board Member - Mentoring lead
Liz McPhail
Birmingham Board Member - PEP Lead

Bristol Branch

Elaine Meyrick
Director of Governance / Bristol Branch Board Member
Dawn Webber
Bristol Committee Member
Joanne Saye
Bristol Committee Member

Edinburgh Branch

Joanne Seagrave
Branch Chair Edinburgh
Niamh Simms
Branch Chair Representative Edinburgh, since 2017
Moira Crichton
Edinburgh Board Member
Yvonne Irwin
Edinburgh Board Member / Edinburgh Partner Liaision
Heidi St. Denis
Edinburgh, PEP Events Co-ordinator
Vicky Reid
Edinburgh Board Member
Sandra Benn
Edinburgh Committee Member
Nicola Russell
Edinburgh Social media co-ordinator
Mary Laidlaw
Edinburgh Secretariat
Christine Craig
Edinburgh Board Member

Glasgow Branch

Laura Thorburn
Branch Chair Glasgow, since 2017
Jenna Laws
Glasgow Board Member
Anne Biggart
Glasgow Board Member

Marketing, Partnerships and Thought Leadership

Julia Smith
Director of Marketing
Leigh Smyth
Head of Digital Strategy
Sophie Baldry
Head of Partnerships
Claire Alexander
Head of Marketing
Caroline Carruthers
Head of Thought Leadership
Odette Maher
Press Officer

Partner Liaison

Yvonne Irwin
Edinburgh Board Member / Edinburgh Partner Liaision
Lisa Phillips
Birmingham Board Member/ Partner Liaison
Cristina Tamsa
Partner Liaison - London
Lilia Ioannidou
Partner Liaison - London
Kirstin Thompson
Partner Liaison - London
Janneke Dobbinga
Partner Liaison - London

London Networks

Fyona Knight
Head of London Networks

Job Board

Michelle Zak
Job Board Liaison

Mentoring

Jay Surti
Head of Mentoring , since 2016

Alumni

Tracy Jordan
Head of Alumni

Operations team

Jackie Chatfield
Head of Operations
Lauren Hewitt
Operations Manager, since 2016
Olivia Coyle
Communications/Marketing Manager
Helen Marsters
Digital/Content Manager, since 2017
Katharine Carleton
Operations Manager, since 2017