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WIBF Awards for Achievement 2024 – Nominations Open

news published date 23 April 2024
  • Awards
Find out more about the WIBF Awards for Achievement 2024 and how you can make a nomination.

The nomination process for Awards for Achievement opened last week and you now have until Friday 5 July to nominate extraordinary individuals who are progressing diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in financial services, as well as showcase initiatives, both at a large corporate and at a small-to-medium enterprise level, which allow women to have a voice, visibility and the same career opportunities as their peers.

2024 marks the 26th anniversary of the awards, with the first winners honoured in 1998. It’s also worth noting that not only were these the very first of  any awards programme to focus on the achievements of women in UK financial services, but that these awards continue to set new standards for DE&I initiatives, particularly on the gender equity front.

These awards see the launch of an individual student award and a second award to honour the best university society that is helping ensure future employees of the UK financial services industry do not face discrimination due to their gender.

You can find out more about the 2024 Awards on this page of the website and the details of all 11 categories. If you click ‘Access the details’ on the relevant award category you’ll find the nomination forms, and a document you can download with all the details you need to make your submissions.

Who can nominate who?

Submissions have to be put forward by a WIBF member – you can be an individual member or you can put one forward if your organisation is a WIBF corporate partner. The nominee also needs to be based in the UK.

The person being nominated does not need to be a member, as long as the organisation they work for is a corporate partner, sponsor or SME/association member.

Individual members cannot nominate themselves for an award, but you can put yourself forward to someone in your organisation and ask them to nominate you and receive your company’s support in completing an award winning nomination.

For the new student category, the person making the nomination needs to be a WIBF member, but the nominee doesn’t need to be. The nominee must also be an undergraduate student.

The judging process

  • All award nominations need to have been submitted by midnight on Friday 5 July.
  • The awards team will then review the submissions and work with the judges to create a shortlist.
  • The shortlist will be published in September 2024. This shortlist is then reviewed again in more detail as part of the tried and tested review process by our panel of judges.
  • The 2024 winners will be announced on Thursday 14 November, with the full list of winners posted on the WIBF website and on our social media channels on the following day, Friday 15 November 2024.
  • Please note that the two student award categories will be judged by the Future Leaders Shadow Board and supported by the Student Engagement Strategy Team.

Celebrating our winners

After the successful expansion of the 2023 awards to include Edinburgh, the 26th Awards for Achievement are set to expand again. This year will not only see physical events held in Edinburgh and London, we’re also planning to host in-person celebrations in Birmingham and Bristol.

This year will also see a change to the online event, where the awards presentation will be folded into the evening celebrations and streamed online. We’ll be sharing the venues of all of our celebrations in due course.

If you have any questions or feedback about the awards, please contact [email protected].

Keep your eyes out for more information as we announce it via this website, our LinkedIn page and weekly digest.