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President`s Message- February

news published date 2 February 2018
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Awards for Achievement Launch| Search for Former WIBF Presidents| Award Nominations Close 28th February

“The 21st WIBF Awards for Achievement were launched last month at a wonderful breakfast event hosted by the WIBF Awards headline sponsor, Citi. Thank you, Citi, for an inspiring morning where we heard from Citi’s Manolo Falco and David Walker. We were also delighted to hear from Sarah Carroll from MUFJ (a short-listed candidate for the Team Award for Diversity) about the cross-organisational cooperation the awards had encouraged, and from RBC’s Francesca Lynch, winner of the Young Professional Award, about what the award had meant to her.

Thank you, too, to corporate members sponsoring awards this year: Barclays, sponsor of the 2018 WIBF Young Professional Award; Credit Suisse, sponsor of the WIBF Champion for Women Award and LLoyds Banking Group, sponsor of the WIBF Award for Achievement.

WIBF is delighted that Standard Aberdeen is sponsoring the 2018 WIBF Awards Alumni event and LLoyds Banking Group is sponsoring the 2018 WIBF Awards Shortlist Dinner.

There are just four weeks left until nominations close for the 21st annual Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement.

Are you considering nominating a colleague or someone in your network? Do you work with a future WIBF Award winner? Full details of the award categories and how to nominate are available at

Any questions? Email [email protected]

Let’s celebrate the brilliant women you work with and those amazing men and teams who champion diversity and excellence in the banking and finance sector by nominating them for the WIBF Awards for Achievement 2018. Tell us of their achievements and help us spread their best practice and inspirational stories.

Start nominating the 2018 winners!


The Awards Luncheon will take place at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday 15th June. Tickets are available via the events page. An Early Bird Individual Member price is available until the end of February.


The women who have led WIBF since its inception in 1980 have been leaders in the banking and finance industry and are committed to opportunity and diversity. As we approach WIBF’s 40th anniversary, I would like to gather as many of those impressive women together to celebrate the achievements of these four decades as individuals, as a network, and as a sector, and to learn from their combined experience. Unfortunately, we do not have contact details for all of them. So, if you know any of these wonderful women please get in touch via [email protected] or ask them to get in touch themselves.
You can see a full list of all our presidents on this page.


WIBF is proud to once more support Bakhita House’s vital and impressive work in rehabilitating female victims of human trafficking and slavery. Last year more than £6000 was raised at the Awards Luncheon for Bakhita House. Please help us to raise even more money in 2018.

“”Since opening in June 2015, Caritas Bakhita House has been fulfilling its mission to provide emergency care and accommodation for rescued female victims of human trafficking. All of these women have suffered unimaginable atrocities; sexual exploitation, domestic servitude or forced sham marriages, all while hidden from public view and unable to access help.

“”We are honoured to have Women in Banking and Finance support Bakhita House, once again, as their charity of the year, helping to highlight the plights of these women and raising funds to provide them with the love, safety and support they need to begin the process of recovery and rehabilitation, into a life of independence.””

Karen Anstiss, Caritas Bakhita House
For more information about Bakhita House


Home Secretary Amber Rudd, the new Minister for Women and Equalities, rang the opening bell at the London Stock Exchange on 15 January 2018.  Ms Rudd addressed senior female executives within banking and finance noting that “Having fewer women than men in leadership positions makes no sense.  We know for instance that organisations with the highest levels of gender diversity in their leadership teams are 15 per cent more likely to outperform their industry rivals”.

It was an inspirational event,, which Susan Allen (WIBF Advisory Board), Hasmita Solanki (Membership co-head for London) and I were delighted to be able to attend, at the kind invitation of LWF.


The Women of The Square Mile conference on 27th February 2018 promises to be an exciting event. It aims to drive progress in the financial sector by addressing the barriers to women’s careers, enabling professional and personal development, and examining how executives can change their culture to attract and retain talent. These are all issues at the forefront of our minds.

The conference will also explore how technology is changing finance.

WIBF President Vivienne Artz, will be speaking at the conference and the conference organisers have offered WIBF members a discounted rate for the conference. When you register please use the code SPEAKERS15 to receive the discount.


Following a review of the overall future strategy for WIBF, WIBF and Toastmasters will be changing the way in which we work together from now on. The change in approach is to enable WIBF to provide a wider range of opportunities for our members through a consistent approach to our engagement/partnerships with external organisations. Toastmasters will be operating on an independent basis.

We appreciate the value that Toastmasters has brought to members over the years so WIBF will continue to raise awareness of the City and Canary Wharf Toastmaster groups through our Social Media and with a Toastmasters focused event once a year to help raise awareness with all of our members of the development opportunities that Toastmasters can provide to them.

If you have any queries please contact [email protected]

Vivienne Artz
WIBF President