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President`s Message – July 2018

news published date 2 July 2018
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As we head into the summer, it is with great pride that I reflect back on the many event and achievements at WIBF during the first six months of 2018, culminating in the Awards luncheon on 15 June. It was wonderful to meet and celebrate the tremendous talent and achievements of the short-listed nominees at the Short-list Dinner on 24 May, hosted by Lloyds Banking Group. Well done to each of the nominees and short-listed candidates and congratulations to each of the winners:

  • WIBF Young Professional: Emma Margetts, Visible Alpha, sponsored by Barclays
  • WIBF Rising Star: Abisola Barber, Barclays, sponsored by Santander
  • WIBF Champion for Women: Tracy Watkinson, Credit Suisse, sponsored by Credit Suisse
  • WIBF Team Award for Diversity: Women Connect, Credit Suisse, sponsored by Citi
  • WIBF Award for Achievement: Alison McGregor, HSBC, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group

We are also delighted to announce that we raised £7488 for Bakhita House, our 2018 charity. Do take a moment to look at our website where you will see many of the photos already posted and details of the winners and the award sponsors – Citi, Barclays, Santander, Standard Life Aberdeen, Lloyds Banking Group and Credit Suisse.

You can view and download the official photographs here

History of Parliament Trust Vote 100 commemorative album

WIBF are proud to be a sponsor of the official History of Parliament Trust Vote 100 commemorative album entitled “Voice & Vote”. We participated in the launch event on 27 June at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918, when women were first allowed to vote after many years of campaigning. At WIBF, we recognise the importance of these milestones toward full gender equality.

Welcome to Jay Sheth to the WIBF Advisory Board

Please join me in welcoming Jay Sheth, Head of Economics, Politics and Regulatory Affairs at Virgin Money to the WIBF Advisory Board. Jay Sheth is Head of Economics, Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Virgin Money. He was part of the Virgin Money team that led Jayne-Anne Gadhia’s HM Treasury sponsored review on Women in Financial Services. Previously, Jay worked as an economist and Policy Specialist for the Treasury Committee and was also part of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards. He has also worked for the European Commission, CBI and Anti-Slavery International. Jay has been a great supporter of WIBF, and we are looking forward to working more closely with him.

WIBF on the Airways!

Finally, if you haven’t listened to the Women’s Radio Station, then tune in during the first two weeks of July to hear the advertisement for WIBF being aired! You can find details at WRS Women’s Radio Station C.I.C. You can listen to the advert here

Vivienne Artz

President, Women in Banking and Finance