Celebrating top talent in the banking and finance industry, WIBF’s Awards for Achievement is a vibrant occasion to remember.

With categories for young achievers, experienced professionals, champions for women and diverse teams, the awards have shone the spotlight on influential leaders for two decades.

Visit the Awards section on this website to discover how to nominate and buy tickets for the next event. In 2018, WIBF is honoured that Citi is headline sponsor of the Awards for Achievement.

2018 Sponsors

Citi - Headline Sponsor

“Having people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences in our teams brings different perspectives to the table, enhances decision-making, and improves overall business performance. Citi’s continued relationship with WIBF allows us to honour our diversity goals, in-relation to supporting women both at Citi and in the wider financial services industry to ensure female representation continues to grow and is appropriately recognised.” – Jim Cowles, EMEA CEO, Citi,

Lloyds Banking Group - Award for Achievement and Shortlist Dinner Sponsor

“Lloyds Banking Group is proud to support the Women in Banking and Finance Shortlist Dinner, which honours the women and men that judges have recognised as stand out talent across the industry. We are especially pleased this year to be presenting the Award for Achievement. This is a prestigious award recognising a female leader who is delivering significant impact to the sector and beyond.

Barclays - Young Professional Award Sponsor

“Barclays are delighted to sponsor the 2018 Young Professional Award, with just over 45% of our colleagues under the age of 35 it is important for us to nurture, grow and of course recognise the contribution of this talented part of our workforce.”

Wendy Papworth, Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays

Credit Suisse - Champion for Women Sponsor

Credit Suisse is delighted to sponsor the 2018 Champion for Women Award. Our employee, Tracy Jordan, received the 2017 award due to her outstanding contribution to the Modern Muse program. Winning the award further elevated the profile of Modern Muse resulting in increased funding, global expansion and the launch of the Modern Muse Next Steps initiative.

Santander - Rising Star Award Sponsor

This year Santander was listed as one of the top 50 employers for women in the UK by The Times in recognition of our initiatives to equalise the gender pay gap, such as our Accelerating You Women’s Leadership Programme, Returnship Programme and commitment to the HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter to achieve 50% [+/- 10%] women in senior roles by 2021 across the bank. We are proud to sponsor the 2018 WIBF Rising Star Award.

What our nominees have said:

“I had the privilege of attending the WIBF Awards event last year and remember feeling an overwhelming sense of pride and admiration for the community of women who surrounded me. For the challenges they had overcome, for the irrepressible ambition they had shown and for the examples that they were able to set to those young women – of which I was one - who might wonder ‘Can I really do this?’

To be shortlisted for the Rising Star award brings back that sense of pride, it is the collective response ‘Yes you can!’ that we have all needed to hear at some point, and it reassures me that from hard work will come recognition and support, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion.”

Rachael Coomber, Rising Star shortlist, 2018

It is a real honour for us to be shortlisted against all the other leaders who are spending time driving the D&I agenda across our industry. This acknowledgement has motivated us (even more now) to continue to drive Women Connect which is benefitting so many individuals within our division. Raising the profile of Women Connect will attract more attention from senior leaders who we need to get behind us and provide support to further grow Women Connect.”

Lisa London, Women Connect, Credit Suisse, Team Diversity shortlist 2018

“It is an honour to be named amongst so many talented and inspiring women in our industry.

WIBF plays such an important role in encouraging and empowering female talent, and I am truly humbled that my achievements could be recognised in this public way. It is my sincere hope that by sharing my experiences within the industry I am able to help other junior female talent negotiate the opportunities and challenges we all face in the early stages of our careers.”

Rafaella Copper, Award for Achievement shortlist 2018

“It feels fantastic to be shortlisted, WIBF plays such an important role in encouraging and empowering women. I am not somebody to talk about my own achievements so am lucky that my co-chair of Balance (HSBCs Gender Diversity ERG) took the time to put me forward and share the work I have done managing our mentoring programme for the last 5 years. I am very proud to have connected so many people who have gone on to have successful mentoring relationships.”

Kirsty Moore, Champion for Women shortlist, 2018


Our previous winners

Team Diversity Award
2018
Women Connect, Credit Suisse
Champion for Women
2018
Tracy Watkinson, Credit Suisse
Rising Star Award
2018
Abisola Barber, Barclays
Award for Achievement
2018
Alison McGregor, HSBC
Young Professional Award
2018
Emma Margetts, Visible Alpha
Young Professional Award
2017
Francesca Lynch, RBC
Team Diversity Award
2017
Finance Diversity Team, Sky
Champion for Women
2017
Tracy Jordan, Credit Suisse
Award for Achievement
2017
Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, Moody’s
Award for Achievement
2016
Leigh Smyth, Lloyds Banking Group
Team Diversity Award
2016
Women’s Networks, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Champion for Women
2016
Vivienne Artz, Citi
Young Professional Award
2016
Sophie Baldry, Lloyds Banking Group
Young Professional Award
2015
Anett Galosfai, Thomson Reuters
Award for Achievement
2015
Ruth Wandhöfer, CITI
Team Diversity Award
2015
EY Restructuring, EY
Champion for Women
2015
Alan Haywood, BP
Team Diversity Award
2014
Barclays Internal Audit, Barclays
Young Professional Award
2014
Helen Cooper, KPMG
Champion for Women
2014
Safiye Ozuygun, Citi
Award for Achievement
2014
Marion Leslie, Thomson Reuters
Young Professional Award
2013
Nicole D’Angelo, Citi
Champion for Women
2013
Ellvena Graham, Ulster Bank
Award for Achievement
2013
Cheryl Newton, Lloyds
Young Professional Award
2012
Jennifer Wan, BAML
Champion for Women
2012
Charlotte Sweeney, Nomura
Award for Achievement
2012
Liz Bingham, EY
Young Professional Award
2011
Stephanie Niven, Javelin Capital LLP
Champion for Women
2011
Vanessa Vallely, Aviva Investors (wearethecity.com)
Award for Achievement
2011
Carole Berndt, BAML
Young Professional Award
2010
Sarah Smith, Barclays Wealth
Champion for Women
2010
Heather Melville, RBS
Award for Achievement
2010
Lesley Lynn, Citi
Young Professional Award
2009
Alexandra Sinton, RBC
Champion for Women
2009
Jessica Jones, Goldman Sachs
Award for Achievement
2009
Audrey Connolly, Lloyds Banking Group
Lifetime Achievement Award
2008
Anne Watts CBE, Appointments Commision
Award For Outstanding Contribution
2008
Alison Duncan, EY
Award for Achievement
2008
Marisa Drew, Credit Suisse
Lifetime Achievement Award
2007
Jan Babiak, EY
Award For Outstanding Contribution
2007
India Gary, Lehman Brothers
Award for Achievement
2007
Helen Weir, Lloyds TSB
WIBF Chairman’s Award
2006
Sarah Deaves, Coutts and Co
Lifetime Achievement Award
2006
Eileen Mackay, RBS and Edinburgh Investment Trust
Award For Outstanding Contribution
2006
Mandy Mannix, Lehman Brothers
Award for Achievement
2006
Emma Howard, BDO Stoy Hayward LLP
Lifetime Achievement Award
2005
Susan Rice, Lloyds TSB Scotland
Award For Outstanding Contribution
2005
Pippa Mason, Citigroup
Award for Achievement
2005
Anita Mather, Citigroup
Lifetime Achievement Award
2004
Marion King, VOCA
Award For Outstanding Contribution
2004
Anne Collard, JP Morgan
Award for Achievement
2004
Anke Parr, Lehman Brothers
Lifetime Achievement Award
2003
Margery Povall, WIBF Co Founder
Award for Achievement
2003
Joanne Louise Cartwright, Barclays Bank
Award for Achievement
2002
Denise Everall, Citigroup
Lifetime Achievement Award
2001
Jane Bradford CBE, WIBF Co Founder
Award for Achievement
2001
Lesley MacDonagh, Lovell White Durrrant
Award for Achievement
2000
Ann Leverett, WIBF
Award for Achievement
2000
Lynn Hannay, Hannay-Rowe Education Company Limited
Award for Achievement
2000
Elizabeth Hart, Barclays Private Bank
Award for Achievement
1999
Nicola Kelanthous, Barclays
Award for Achievement
1999
Amanda Beckley, Natwest Markets
Award for Achievement
1999
Sharon Cooper, Citibank NA
Award for Achievement
1998
Pauline Hedges, BASE Connections
Award for Achievement
1998
Carolanne Minashi, UBS