Women in Banking & Finance’s Recognition of Achievement event is our opportunity to recognise and celebrate individuals, across the UK’s financial services sector, who are progressing gender equality.
Taking a break from our annual awards, which started in 1998 – that’s 23 years ago – our virtual celebration aims to help you understand the steps WIBF and its corporate members are taking to ensure women can achieve success, and understand there are role models for them to look to – after all, you can’t be what you can’t see!
Join us on 14th October for a packed 90 minutes (12.30-2 p.m.) of panel discussions, key note speakers and details of WIBF’s exciting plans for 2022. Hosted by Kate Thornton, journalist and television broadcaster, and Anna Lane, President of WIBF, we will be joined live by Alison Rose, CEO of NatWest Group and the first female to run a UK financial conglomerate and high street bank.
And we will be celebrating individuals, from each of our institutional members and the wider WIBF network, who will be recognised as having gone above and beyond to make a difference in gender equality in our sector over past 18 months.
The Recognition of Achievement virtual event was made possible by Citi, HSBC, Cynergy Bank, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, LSEG and TEN Group.
About our Hosts and Special Guest
Kate is a journalist and television and radio presenter, who has hosted some of television’s biggest shows, including the X Factor, The Royal Variety Performance, Loose Women and This Morning.
Kate currently hosts the hit podcast White Wine Question Time, which sees her asking well-known guests three thought provoking questions,over three glasses of wine. Previous guests have included Amanda Holden, Keith Lemon, Stacey Solomon, Judy Murray, David Lammy MP, Torvill and Dean, Ant Middleton and Craig Revel Horwood.
At 21, Kate became the youngest ever and first female editor of pop magazine Smash Hits, before working as a Contributing Editor at the Sunday Times and Marie Claire magazine. In 1997, Kate began her second career in television on the ITV current affairs’ programme Straight Up, and has also hosted talk shows and documentaries on Radio 2.
Kate is conscious of the need for women to take control of their financial futures and is also involved in The Wisdom Council’s Yes She Can programme.
Anna is CEO and President of Women in Banking & Finance and passionate about gender equality. She is also the founder and CEO of The Wisdom Council (TWC), where she focuses on delivering strategic, innovative and actionable strategies to improve consumer engagement and financial awareness. TWC is a partner with the London School of Economics to support WIBF’s Accelerating Change Together research programme.
Anna recently sat on the Money and Pensions Service – Gender and Financial Wellbeing Challenge, bringing a gender lens to the UK Strategy for Financial Wellbeing. In 2019, Anna launched the cross-industry Yes She Can initiative, focusing on closing the gender gap in pensions and investments. Prior to launching TWC, Anna ran a specialist consultancy and worked in the City for over 20 years in senior roles at JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley.
Chief Executive Officer
NatWest Group plc
Alison is Chief Executive of NatWest Group plc having worked at the bank for more than 27 years. She joined as a graduate and was most recently Deputy CEO of NatWest Holdings and CEO of RBS’s Commercial & Private Banking business.
Alison sits on the Board of Directors for the Institute of International Finance and is a member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum. She is also a Trustee of Business in the Community (BITC) and Chairs the Scottish BITC Advisory Board. Alison is a Non-Executive Director of Great Portland Estates plc and sits on the board of the Coutts Charitable Foundation.