Accountant of the Year

An accountancy professional who has consistently met or exceeded challenging objectives to ensure the highest quality of provision of accountancy and related services. Nominees are encouraged to share any work/initiatives to promote accountancy to the next generation and improve representation. The award is based on achievements made in the last 2 years.  

Catherine Jones, Experian

Eriona Bajrakurtaj, Major’s Accounts & Co Ltd

Jo Hammer, Team17 Digital Ltd

Leanne Scott, Amazon

Rebecca Makaza, Siemens Energy and Money Wellbeing Ltd

Sara Sadeghian, Experian

Stephanie Marshall, A B C S UK

Advocate of the Year

A woman working within financial services who is a role model and has gone out of her way to support the cause of getting more women into finance in the last 2 years. As well as examining the initiatives the candidates has pioneered to inspire women to succeed in the industry, judges will also assess their leadership and resilience as well as the initiative’s impact, continued viability, and integration with the business.

Adriana Ennab, Credit Suisse

Anna Blomqvist, HSBC Private Banking

Charlotte Nutting, Millennium

Fifi Ahmed, Publicis Sapient

Helen Tabeshfar, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Nasreen Kasenally, UBS

Niamh Linehan, Defactor Labs and Women of Web3

Sophia Papi, TwentyFour Asset Management

Sophie Dupre-Echeverria, GIB Asset Management

Virginia Fernandez, NatWest Markets

Ally of the Year (man, non-binary, gender non-conforming) 

A senior figure who has gone out of their way to improve the diversity levels within financial services, 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 their way, or strategically prioritised, getting more diversity of talent into the industry/organisation supporting them in their careers.

Didier Lambert, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Gordon Farquhar, NatWest Group

Julian Gilbert, Wealth Matters

Mark Timms, HSBC

Michael Bharwani, UBS

Rob Preston, Amazon

Wayne Gallant, Get Me Moving

Banker of the Year

The most influential and inspirational woman private and/or personal banker who has overseen strong financial performance and successfully guided the bank in best practices, expansion into new markets, or innovation in terms of new products or services.  Nominees are encouraged to share any work/initiatives to promote banking to the next generation and improve representation. The award is based on achievements made in the last 2 years.

Alison Graham, Coutts

Hena Naranbhai, Barclays

Kateryna Shcheglova-Goldfinch,  The National Bank of Ukraine / EBRD

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Year

A chief financial officer 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, resilience, support, ROI generated and alignment to business goals. The award is based on achievements made in the past 2 years.

Anna Agafonova, Pepper Advantage Group

Helen Emmett, Experian

Julie Teague, Cygnus Consultancy Ltd

Kate Cowan, Hope Capital

Laura Hamp, Furness Building Society

Nicole Burstow, DSW Capital

Nicole Street, The Finance Mob

Sally Hamacher, Amazon

Diversity Lead of the Year  

This award is open to the Chief People Officer, Head of Human Resources, VP of Diversity, Chief Diversity Officer, Heads and Directors of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in the financial services industry. This person has demonstrated success in addressing inequalities and improving outcomes, ensuring a culture where all employees can thrive. This nominee is a role model and innovative leader in actively supporting employees; has introduced organisational change that can be measured in terms of staff engagement, retention, satisfaction, support and wellbeing. This person is a great influencer and inspires and motivates others to improve the business for all. 

Divya Shree, NatWest Group

Kerensa Hanna, Furness Building Society

Khushboo Patel, Metro Bank

Mandy Smith, Close Brothers Motor Finance

Employer of the Year (organisation/company)

This award category is open to Financial Services Companies which have demonstrated great efforts to recruit, support, retain and promote more women and diverse talent at all levels. Judges will look at efforts the employer has made to create a more diverse and inclusive working environments. Submissions should include examples of inclusive policies,  ways to boost morale and improve company culture,  and implemented programmes to increase the well-being of employees.


Apex Group Ltd

Behind The Scenes VA Ltd



Fisher Investments UK

Hope Capital

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Metro Bank


Entrepreneur of the Year

This category recognises women entrepreneurs who have contributed significantly to the finance industry through their ventures. They should demonstrate notable business success, innovation, creativity, a deep understanding of the finance industry and market trends, and sound leadership and teamwork skills. There should be a commitment to social impacts, such as promoting financial literacy, supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives, or giving back to the community. 

Caroline Plumb, Gravita

Caroline Stuart, Sparrow Paraplanning

Hephzi Pemberton, Equality Group

Kate Fuller, MAB Crawley

Mai Le, SAPI

Rebecca Makaza, Siemens Energy and Money Wellbeing Ltd

Samantha Hayward, Sestini and Co Pension Trustees Ltd

Shabnam Wazed, AGAM International

Stephanie Marshall, A B C S UK

Finance Team of the Year

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, support, ROI generated and alignment to business goals. The award is based on achievements made in the past 2 years.   

Amazon led by Sally Last-Hamacher

Blackstone led by Julia McDowell

Flying Colours Advice Ltd led by Melanie Preston

Sage led by Jacqui Cartin

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust led by Jennifer Leah      

Fintech of the Year

This award is for the most innovative fintech project led by a woman. Judges will be looking for demonstrations of excellent growth and resilience over the last 2-3 years.  Judges will look at products/services, client testimonials, examples of ROI achieved, success in challenging implementations, post-sales support and services, and tailored customisations in specific enterprise environments.

AGAM International





Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) of the Year 

For women professionals who have made significant contributions to the finance industry as an IFA, having demonstrated a track record of providing exceptional client service and innovation, and creativity in their approach to financial planning. They should have a recognised professional qualification, a deep understanding of the industry and market trends, and a commitment to ethical standards, professionalism, and business success.  

Katherine Pautard, Wealth Matters

Lottie Kent, True Financial Design Ltd

Sarah Arora, Flying Colours Advice Ltd

Insurance Broker of the Year

For women professionals who have demonstrated exceptional sales and revenue growth, contributing to the success of their brokerage firm or organisation. They should have provided outstanding customer service to their clients, including responsiveness, accuracy, and professionalism, as well as innovation and creativity in their approach to brokerage. This woman must have a deep understanding of the insurance industry and market trends and sound leadership and teamwork skills. They must be committed to treating clients fairly.

Janthana Kaenprakhamroy,Tapoly

Kendyl Binnie, H D Consultants

Sabina Kravcak, AXA

Legal Adviser of the Year

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 paved the way for diversity in leadership. The award is based on achievements made in the past 2 years.

Alice Dixie, Nucleus

Emma Cleveland, Cleveland & Co.

Fiona Ghosh, EY

Lesley Gregory, Memery Crystal

Natasha Harrison, Pallas Partners LLP

Nicole Kearse Stewart, African Legal Support Facility

Priya Taneja, McDermott Will & Emery

Sophie McGrath, Goodwin Proctor

Next Generation Leader of the Year

A woman under the age of 30, or who turns 30 in 2023, who has progressed rapidly though their career within financial services and demonstrated business value and innovation throughout.  Judges will examine the last 2 years in each candidate’s career, looking at standout achievements and demonstrable contributions to successful projects. 

Abi O'Sullivan, Starling Bank

Charlotte Cuenot, AXA Insurance

Coralie Nelson, Novatus Global

Ilayda Ustunel, Blackstone

Katja Oakley-Bell, Quilter

Mira Ratyal, HSBC

Rachele Carraro, Mintago

Rosie Von Spreckelsen, Apex Group Ltd

Sarah MacNeill, Starling Bank

Sheetal Dash, J.P.Morgan Chase & Co.

Outstanding Contribution of the Year

An industry professional supporting financial services professionals, who has increased diversity in the profession and demonstrated outstanding leadership. Judges will consider management, team development, business achievement, commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in the financial services sector, and work with the wider community. These individuals should have effected change through creative and specific solutions and have a demonstrated history of supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in the industry for at least 10 years. 

Bhagya Reddy, UBS

Divya Shree, NatWest Group

Helen Mitchell, BluKudu Ltd

Lynette Webb, Mortgage Saving Experts Ltd

Marion Laboure, Deutsche Bank & Harvard University

Michelle Holgate, RBC Brewin Dolphin

Priya Kainth, Bank of America

Rosie Guest, Apex Group Ltd

Sophia Bantanidis, Citibank

Victoria Strudwick, Amazon

Outstanding Diversity Network of the Year

This award recognises an employee network that strives to ensure the views of its community are heard and acted on to change the system. This network has influence and inspires and motivates its stakeholders to improve the work environment and ways of working for its members. It must be able to demonstrate a change in a way of working, processes, or outcomes for an impacted group. Please also mention measures that have been put in place to guarantee the network and the work being done will remain viable despite business or economic changes. 


AvivAbility, Aviva

AXA Balance Network, AXA Insurance

All Bar None (ABN), UBS

Balance UK, HSBC

Black Employee Network (BEN) UK Operations ERG, Amazon

Capital One's REACH Business Resource Group, Capital One (Europe) plc

Parental Leave Forum, HSBC Private Banking

Senior Women’s Forum, MUFG

The Verve Foundation

Sustainability Project Leader of the Year 

This award is for an individual that is responsible for sustainable investing within a financial services firm. Judges will assess projects and achievements, along with examples of best practice, leadership, support, ROI generated and alignment to business goals. The award is based on achievements made in the past 2 years. 

Elena Koycheva, RBC BlueBay Asset Management

Sabina Kravcak, AXA Insurance

Sindhu Krishna, Phoenix Group

Siobhan Archer, LGT Wealth Management

Yemi Oluseun, The Change Hive

Wealth Manager of the Year

This award recognises a female wealth manager or financial planner who has made an outstanding contribution to their client's financial well-being and in particular female clients, as well as initiatives to improve financial literacy and inclusion with the wider public. The judges will look for real evidence of support and achievement. 

Katherine Pautard, Wealth Matters

Lottie Kent, True Financial Design Ltd

Michelle Holgate, RBC Brewin Dolphin

Rosie Hooper, Quilter Private Client Advisers

Sophia Lerche-Thomsen, Frizzell Wealth Management

Veronique Morel-Kane, Raymond James Embassy Gardens

Woman of the Year

A woman who has demonstrated the highest degree of excellence, innovation and leadership in their role in the last 5 years or more, and shone a light on the great things women in financial services can achieve. This inspiring leader will have challenged, influenced or revolutionised the culture of the financial services sector.  In their submission, nominees should not only have demonstrated outstanding business achievements, but should also give examples of support, strength and how they have actively sought to bring more diversity to the financial services industry.

Alexandra Daly, AA Advisors (Europe) Ltd

Carolina Minio Paluello, Arabesque AI

Claire Maillet, Ziglu

Funmi Dele-Giwa, MFS Africa

Ijeoma Okoli, Digital Economy Initiative

Kate Monserrate, Simplify Consulting

Mona El Isa, Avantgarde Finance and Enzyme Finance

Rachel Vann, Lloyds Banking Group

Samrawit Soquar, JPMorgan Asset Management

Sheetal Dash, JPMorgan Chase & Co.