WIBF prides itself on its forward-thinking and emphatic thought leadership. With contributions from members who lead the industry, we aim to provoke discussion, debate and new ideas, all with the goal of making the industry better and brighter. If you would like to write for Thoughts & Opinions please email digital@wibf.org.uk

Leigh Smyth

Leigh Smyth

Women in Technology

The digital and technology industries are among the fastest growing industries in the UK and we’ve seen first-hand here at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) the huge take up of digital services by individuals and organisations over recent years. The demand for seamless and intuitive digital experiences is only set to increase in the future but as an industry, it is important that we face into the looming skills gap and do more to secure more women in digital and technology roles.
Wendy Papworth

Wendy Papworth

Barclays Welcome Back Programme – Supporting senior women to resume their careers

Wendy Papworth Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion Barclays Group HR tells us about Barclays Welcome Back Programme – Supporting senior women to resume their careers after long term absence
KPMG

KPMG

IT’s her Future- KPMG launches initiative to encourage women into Tech

KPMG launches ‘IT’s her future’ scheme by outlining five recommendations to help firms boost female talent in tech.
Jay Surti
Business Focus

Jay Surti

Do You Need a Title to be a Leader?

When you look up the Oxford Dictionary definition of “leader” it says: a person who leads a group of people, especially the head of a country, an organisation, etc. a person or thing that is the best, or in first place in a race, business, etc. That is the technical definition. But surely there are other definitions?
Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris
Business Focus

Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris

What Are We Really Talking About? Overcoming the ‘readiness’ myth

We have been interviewing board level men and a few women on what they think will drive gender balance forward for a new client. In several meetings we heard men claim they ‘are all for balance; but the women they know aren’t ready for leadership’. Later, we met another senior leader who exasperatedly said: ‘I see my colleagues take chances on younger men who are perhaps still a bit green. But when they look at female candidates as part of succession planning, they will say ‘she’s just not ready’.
Michael Higgins
Career Management

Michael Higgins

Career decision-making styles

We make a huge number of decisions on a daily basis, from the trivial, such as deciding whether to press snooze on the alarm and have ten more minutes in bed, through to the life-changing, such as deciding whether to have a child. We make these decisions regularly without really considering the mechanism behind them.