Recent firms committing to the charter’s pledges to drive gender diversity and equality in financial services are Post Office, Axa, Charles Stanley, KPMG and Citi.
The four pledges are: to have one member of the senior executive team responsible for gender diversity, internal targets for gender diversity in senior management, reporting on the success of progress against these targets to be found on the firm’s website and an intention to link the pay of senior management to the delivery of these targets.
Chief executive of Virgin Money Jayne-Anne Gadhia (pictured) is the government’s appointed champion of the charter and wants to see firms direct talented women toward leadership positions.
Maria Harris, director of retail mortgages at Atom Bank, won Banker of the Year at the first Women in Finance Awards held in London on 29 June. Judges praised Harris for her ‘genuinely disruptive approach to mortgage lending’ and her mentoring work.
Tracie Pearce, head of mortgages, HSBC and Clare Jupp, people development director, Brightstar Financial were both nominated for awards.
Woman of the Year was won by Emily Cox, Virgin Money and employer of the year went to Columbia Threadneedle with Lloyds Banking Group picking up highly commended.