Welcome to 2020 - a new year, a new decade, and an extra special year for Women in Banking & Finance as we celebrate 40 years of WIBF as the champion of women working in the banking and financial services sector. Since 1980 we have been a network of women looking out for other women, individual by individual – and that foundation remains intrinsic to our network.
Forward looking and forward-thinking, WIBF’s activities have developed as the needs of our members and society have changed, but WIBF’s commitment to advancing the equality of opportunity for women and improving gender parity remains a constant.
In 2020 we are going to reflect on and celebrate everything that we have achieved together during our 40 year journey, and on all that we intend to achieve going forward.
And what a lot there is to celebrate. Let me remind you of all that we have achieved together as a volunteer-led, not-for-profit organisation, supporting and inspiring women. We are the only UK-wide network of our type, with longstanding branches in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bristol – and we recently established chapters in Birmingham (July 2017) and Manchester (March 2019).
We seek opportunities to challenge and provoke as a thought-leader alongside increasing government collaboration to help deliver tangible change in the industry. We have increased the number and types of events offered nationally, as well as increasing the number of WIBF mentees matched with mentors, and of course, members. We launched WIBF Jobs last year, and in our 2019 AGM, voted for male membership of WIBF and a Male Allies network is in the pipeline.
WIBF is transformative and will continue to be so, and so we are looking forward to celebrating this important year with our members – well done everyone!
JUDGES FOR 2020 WIBF AWARDS FOR ACHIEVEMENT
The flagship celebration will be June’s WIBF Awards for Achievement, held this year at London’s Guildhall. I am delighted that today we can announce the judges of our prestigious awards. WIBF is honoured that they have agreed to take on the incredibly difficult task of deciding which of our impressive shortlisted nominees deserve to win. Our judges for 2020 are:
Ann Cairns - Chair, 30% Club, Executive Vice Chair Mastercard
Charlotte Crosswell - CEO, Innovate Finance
Sue Dawe - Managing Partner and Head of Financial Services in Scotland for EY
Philip Grant - Chair, Lloyds Scottish Executive Committee
Stephen Jones - CEO, UK Finance
Dame Cilla Snowball DBE - Governor of the Wellcome Trust, Chair of the GREAT Private Sector Council and a Non-Executive Director of Derwent London plc
Nominations for the 2020 WIBF Awards for Achievement can be made via this page until 28th February 2020. Which of your colleagues will YOU nominate?
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, and I look forward to engaging with all of our members during this landmark year for WIBF.