2022 Categories           

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. The award is based on achievements made in the last 2-years.  

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 the initiative’s impact on, and integration with, the business. 

Ally of the Year  

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 and supporting them in their careers.  

Banker of the Year

The most influential and inspirational female 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. The award is based on achievements made in the last 2-years. 

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

DEI Recruitment and Advancement Initiatives of the Year

This award will be presented to a project or initiative that has had demonstrable success in improving the recruitment, onboarding, development and/or progression of underrepresented talent. This could include internships, training initiative, new company policies or recruitment process. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, impact on the organisation and ultimate results of the initiative. Submissions should include the name of the initiative or project. 

Diversity Lead of the Year

This award is open to the 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, and wellbeing. This person is a great influencer and inspires and motivates others to improve the business for all.  

Employer of the Year (up to 250 employees)

This award category is open to financial services companies which have demonstrated great efforts to recruit and retain more women, and achieve equal gender representation at all levels. Judges will look at efforts the employer has made to create a more diverse and inclusive working environment. Submissions should include examples of professional training and advancement, ways to boost morale and implemented programmes to increase the well-being of employees. 

Employer of the Year (over 250 employees)

This award category is open to financial services companies which have demonstrated great efforts to recruit and retain more women, and achieve equal gender representation at all levels. Judges will look at efforts the employer has made to create a more diverse and inclusive working environment. Submissions should include examples of professional training and advancement, ways to boost morale and implemented programmes to increase the well-being of employees. 

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

Insurance Leader of the Year 

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. Judges will be looking for nominees who have demonstrated exceptional leadership.  

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.   

Next Generation Leader of the Year 

A woman under the age of 30, or who turns 30 in 2022, 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.  

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.

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 or working, process, or outcomes for an impacted group.  

Paraplanner of the Year

This award recognises a female paraplanner who has made an outstanding contribution to a client’s financial wellbeing, in combination with the financial adviser or planner. Judges will also look at achievements, along with examples of furtherance of the paraplanning community, sharing best practice and leadership.

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Returner of the Year 

A woman with business experience that has returned to the industry after a significant time away (minimum of 2 years) and has shown great promise upon their return. Judges will examine the last 12 months in each candidate’s career, looking at standout achievements and demonstrable contributions to successful projects. 

Specialist Investor of the Year 

This award is open to a woman who is an investor or analyst 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 2-years.   

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

Wealth Manager of the Year 

This award recognises a female wealth manager or financial planner who has made an outstanding contribution to their clients 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 achievement. 

Woman of the Year  

A woman who has demonstrated the highest degree of excellence, innovation and leadership in their role in the last 2-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 how they have actively sought to bring more diversity to the financial services industry.