1980 was the year when Women in Banking & Finance was founded by five forward thinking women, with the aim of encouraging more women to make a career in banking and finance, and to provide a network for those already working in the sector.

Today WIBF supports over 2,000 individual members, more than 30 institutional members in financial services and over 9000 followers, with branches across the UK, hosting more than 100 events a year and continues to grow from strength to strength.

Our ruby anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the past and inspire the future, and recognise those who have been a part of our journey to become the longest standing network of its kind in the UK.

The 40for40 List

WIBF’s 40for40 list showcases some of our greatest supporters and advocates from over the last 40 years. Their contributions personify the positive impact of WIBF and have been instrumental in making us the thriving, innovative network we are today.

These are the positive role models that inspire us, have championed our work, the members whose active involvement has paved the way for others to follow in their field, and the amazing volunteers who are the glue that bind our network together.

What are the judges looking for?

Judges are looking for examples of individuals, teams or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to WIBF.

Nominations should meet one of the following categories:

Inspirational WIBF Member

Recognising a member whose contribution to WIBF has made a substantial difference to the lives of others. This could be someone who has inspired as a WIBF Award winner, someone who empowered, opened doors, and created opportunities for others as part of our mentoring programme, or led by example in breaking down gender barriers in financial services.

WIBF Volunteer

As a volunteer-led organisation, WIBF would not be what it is without our volunteers. These are the WIBF members quietly making a difference - organising and administering our events, our networking communities, our mentoring programme, and our annual awards. This could be a volunteer who has been instrumental in building a network branch, sat on one of our committees, or has played a central role in one of our many programmes and initiatives.

WIBF Change Maker

Recognising an individual or institutional member that has led the way in building a financial services sector that works for all. This could be through developing a corporate culture of gender equality through internal policies and initiatives, by promoting female-friendly products or services, or their contribution to closing the gender pay gap.

Friend of WIBF

Recognising an individual, team or organisation that is not a WIBF member, but has been a true advocate or supporter and championed our work to bring a gender lens to UK financial services.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominations can only be made by WIBF members and members may make more than one nomination.
  • WIBF Members may self nominate
  • Nominees do not have to be members of WIBF, but entries must demonstrate their contribution to the network. For example nominees may be former members, WIBF Award for Achievement winners and shortlisters, volunteers, or an advocate in some other capacity for WIBF.


Closing date for nominations: Midnight, Saturday 31st October 2020

40for40 list announced in November 2020

For any queries please contact WIBF Operations at operations@wibf.org.uk.

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Sorry, nominations have now closed. Please check back in November to see our Fabulous 40.