The 2020 Shortlist        



An accountancy professional who has consistently met or exceeded challenging objectives to ensure the highest quality of provision of accountancy and related services. The award is based on achievements made in the period 1 January 2019 – 1 January 2020.

  • Becky Johnson – Refinitiv
  • Clare Weston – Blackstone
  • Lucy Boyne-Williams – St. James’s Place Wealth Management
  • Urvashi Shah – 3ES Accountants
  • Valentina White – Tax Spot Group
  • Veronica Poole – Deloitte
ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by J.P.Morgan Asset Management)

The woman that has gone out of her way to support the cause of getting more female representation in senior levels and stamping out barriers to growth for women in financial services.

  • Amy Mitchell – Leathwaite
  • Carla Morris – 1762 from Brewin Dolphin
  • Emily Nichols – Willis Towers Watson
  • Jill Zucker – American Express
  • Khayala Eylazova – PwC
  • Laura Garry – Chase de Vere
  • Lydia Guett – Cambridge Associates
  • Maisha Sumah – SheWalksInValue
  • Oluchi Ikechi – Accenture


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AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR - (Sponsored by Fitch Ratings)

This category celebrates the individual who has achieved a long-term impact on the way people and organisations think about and practice gender diversity. The Ambassador of the Year will be a prominent person in business and/or financial services who publicly champions gender parity in the sector. The Ambassador of the Year is ambitious, bold, daring, charismatic, and unabashedly dedicated towards encouraging women in the sector to grow.

  • Amrita Aurora – former American Express
  • Christine Chow – Federated Hermes
  • Elena Koycheva – BlueBay Asset Management
  • Eugenia Campbell – RSM UK
  • Guinevere Taylor – RBC Global Asset Management
  • Lindsay Law – NatWest Group
  • Marion Bentata – State Street
  • Tali Shlomo – former Chartered Insurance Institute
  • Tamara Gillan – The WealthiHer Network


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An individual who has reinvigorated gender diversity in the financial services industry by providing new and innovative ways to improve the gender balance in the sector across levels.

  • Claire Limon – MUFG Investor Services
  • Jennie Koo – Capital One
  • Louise Fletcher – Charles Stanley
  • Mary Waring Wealth for Women
  • Rosie Guest – Apex Group
  • Ruth McMaster – Deutsche Bank
  • Zoe Mills – NHBC

This award category is open to organisations that have undertaken a specific initiative that has been established to promote diversity within their organisation or the wider community. These could involve gender pay gap, paternal leave, gender parity in the industry, etc. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, awareness raised, impact on the organisation and/or industry, and ultimate results of the initiative. Submissions should include the name of the initiative.

  • Allianz Insurance
  • Rise – Bank of Ireland UK
  • Blend Network
  • Women and Money Campaign – Fidelity International
  • Balance Network Steering Group – Financial Conduct Authority
  • The Diversity Project’s Neurodiversity Workstream – HSBC Global Asset Management
  • Careers and Talent Outreach Campaign – Investment20/20
  • LSEG Proud LGBT+ Network  – London Stock Exchange Group
  • RBS Women – NatWest Group

The company that has proactively cultivated an inclusive and diverse workforce, aiming to achieve equal gender representation at all levels. The judges will be looking for examples of professional training and advancement, ways to boosted morale and implemented programmes to increase well-being of employees. 

  • Deutsche Bank
  • Fitch Group
  • INDOS Financial Limited
  • J.P.Morgan Asset Management
  • MUFG Investor Services
  • Northern Trust
  • PwC
  • RBS Group / NatWest Group
  • Satago
ESG FUND MANAGER OF THE YEAR - (sponsored by Scotiabank)

This award recognises a woman who has actively looked to promote gender diversity in the asset management industry, while at the same time demonstrating skill as active investor in ESG themselves. Submission to include 3y performance statistics from independent verifiable source.

  • Alina Donets – Allianz Global Investors
  • Audrey Ryan – Kames Capital / Aegon Asset Management
  • Dorothee Goerz – Aremus Partners
  • Hannah Johnson – BlackRock
  • Harriet Parker – Liontrust
  • Helen Steers – Pantheon
  • Joanna Crompton – JP Morgan Asset Management
  • Laetitia Girolami-Boyer – BNP Paribas
  • Sarah Norris – Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Tatjana Greil-Castro – Muzinich & Co.


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FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR - LED BY A WOMAN (Sponsored by The London Stock Exchange)

A finance team, led by a woman, that has delivered real value – with tangible business results – to a company. Judges will look at projects and achievements, along with examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals. The award is based on achievements made in the past 24 months.

  • CapitalRise – Team led by Uma Rajah
  • Close Brothers Motor Finance – Team led by Rebecca McNeil
  • Fidelity International – Team led by Cara Hewitt
  • Fitch Group – Team led by Clara Hughes
  • GSK – Team led by Roselyne Cornut
  • International Private Finance – Team led by Fiona Watts
  • Microsoft – Team led by Jane Hesmondhalgh
  • Refinitiv – Team led by Hayley Bobrige
  • Suse Linux Software – Team led by Maria Enrica Angelone
  • Starling Bank – Team led by Helen Bierton


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The most innovative fintech project. Please outline what problem your project is trying to solve and what steps/progress  have you achieved in solving this thus far. Outline the project’s potential and how it can reach critical mass. Highlight any particularly innovative features.

  • Arya Taware – FutureBricks
  • Basak Azaz – Money Pot
  • Emma Steeley – AccountScore
  • Francesca Carlesi – Molo
  • Geilan Malet-Bates – Plenitude
  • Georgia Stewart  Tumelo
  • Heather O’Gorman – Thistle Initiatives
  • Ipshita Saha – Digilytics AI
  • Lucy Mullins – Stepladder


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This award is open to the strongest senior-level contender in the insurance sector who has an outstanding track record in attracting and managing clients and bringing in successful deals. It is also open to women in senior diversity-specific roles. Judges will be looking for nominees who have demonstrated exceptional leadership.

  • Anna Rogers – LV= (Life and Pensions)
  • Becky Downing – buzzvault
  • Emily Fraser RSA
  • Emma McWilliam  Hymans Robertson
  • Emma Watkins – Scottish Widows
  • Julie-anne Headington – Channel Islands Adjusters
  • Lorna Croft – Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Maxine Goddard – Zurich Insurance


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A female independent or in-house investment consultant that has broken down barriers to advancement in the company and/or wider financial sector, as well as paving the way for diversity in leadership. The award is based on achievements made in the past 24 months.

  • Alexandra Daly – AA Advisors
  • Alice Bordini – GLC Advisors
  • Fiona Lehane – PwC
  • Helen Hope – Mercer
  • Samia Bayou – Artoc Group
  • Tracy Toledo – Deloitte
  • Zoe Cousens – Castellet Consulting

The corporate lawyer or in-house legal counsel that has broken down barriers to advancement in the firm and wider legal sector, as well as paving the way for diversity in leadership. The award is based on achievements made in the past 24 months.

  • Clare Belcher  Travelex
  • Helena Thernstrom – NatWest Group
  • Lesley Gregory – Memery Crystal LLP
  • Lisa Simmons – LV= (Life and Pensions)
  • Mikhaelle Schiappacasse – Dechert LLP
  • Roya Motalleb-Zadeh – Credit Suisse International
  • Sheena Singla – Logicor
  • Sue McLean – Baker McKenzie

A senior male figure who has gone out of his way to improve the diversity levels of women in finance, within the organisation and/or in the wider community. Successful nominations must provide case studies or examples of how the candidate has gone out of his way, or strategically prioritised, getting more women into finance and/or supporting them in their career.

  • Andrew Kail – PwC
  • Andrew Ninian – Investment Association
  • David Littlechild – London Stock Exchange Group
  • Didier Lambert – JP Morgan Asset Management
  • Jonathan Bell  Stanhope Capital
  • Mark Freed – E2W
  • Michael Cole-Fontayn – AFME
  • Michael Leithead  EFG Asset Management (UK)
  • Paul Richards – International Capital Markets Group

This award is open to a woman who is an investor at a private equity, venture capital, business angel or alternative investment groups. The winner of this award will be a role model for women in a wide range of disciplines. The award is based on achievements made in the past 24 months.

  • Amelie Petit – Macquarie Group
  • Ana Plecas  Green Investment Group, Macquarie
  • Anya Navidski  Voulez Capital
  • Jo Waldron – M&G
  • Keeran Kang  Partners Group
  • Kirsty Grant – Seedrs
  • Magda Posluszny – Speedinvest
  • Roxana Mohammadian-Molina – Blend Network
  • Susannah Mcclintock – Sustainable Ventures

This award recognises the standout wealth manager who has achieved outstanding returns while championing financial inclusivity. The award is based on achievements made in the last 18 months.

  • Claudia Quiroz – Quilter Cheviot
  • Fiona Frick  Unigestion
  • Gemma Cottis – FLM Wealth Management
  • Jane Sydenham  Rathbones 
  • Olivia Maguire  JP Morgan Asset Management
  • Olivia Shipstone – OCS Wealth Management
  • Rosie Hooper – Quilter Private Client Advisers
  • Shakhista Mukhamedova – Brewin Dolphin
  • Tracey Reddings  Reddings Wealth Management
WOMAN OF THE YEAR - (sponsored by GP. Bullhound)

The inspiring leader who has challenged, influenced or revolutionised the culture of the financial services sector. A woman who has demonstrated the highest degree of finance excellence, innovation and leadership in the last year, and shone a light on the great things women in finance can achieve. Candidates should not only have demonstrated outstanding business achievements, but also acted as a positive role model and actively sought to bring more diversity to the financial services industry.

  • Carolyn Porretta  Macquarie Bank
  • Erica Ingham – Mediacom North
  • Erin Platts  Silicon Valley Bank
  • Hanneke Smits  Newton Investment Management
  • Kshamta Kaushik  Scotiabank
  • Latifa Gaillard  Goldman Sachs International
  • Marisa Hall – Thinking Ahead Institute, Willis Towers Watson
  • Sarah Soar – Hawksmoor Investment Management
  • Tiina Lee – Deutsche Bank


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The best and brightest woman in the first five years of working within the financial services industry. Judges will be looking for nominees who have an inspiring story to tell.

  • Antonella Mule  Citigroup
  • Bijal Majithia – EY
  • Hannah Ellis  KPMG LLP
  • Kate Surala  The Analyst Research LLP
  • Magdalena Krön  Barclays
  • Natalia Kasyanova – MUFG Bank
  • Natalia Zurowski  Synechron
  • Roisin Levine  Flux
  • Yulia Manyutina – Coutts