Inspiring Women in Finance at the Bank of England

16 December 2014


Today 45 high profile women working in the UK Financial Services Sector took part in a unique ‘career speed networking’ event with 120 girls aged 14 – 17 from six London state secondary schools at the iconic Bank of England headquarters on Threadneedle Street.

The aim of this event is to showcase the wide range of roles in the financial sector to which young girls can aspire, and in which many talented women already excel.

The Inspiring Women campaign hopes to encourage thousands of other women to join and volunteer to pledge ‘one hour a year to talk to girls’ in a state school near home or work about their life experience, job and career route.  The campaign is open to all women, whatever their job, including those who work full or part-time, retired workers and volunteers. They can register online in 2 minutes: http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/about/inspiring-women-campaign.aspx

Campaign champion, Miriam González Durántez, Partner at Dechert LLP and wife of Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, said; “It is fantastic that the Bank of England and the Financial Times are supporting the Inspiring Women Campaign. Many women already work in this sector. While many – some of whom will be at the Inspiring Women in Finance event – have already reached the top of the financial world, there are still many more to come. Finance is not just for ‘alpha males’ – it is one of the leading sectors of the British economy and it offers plenty of diverse and fulfilling roles and opportunities for the new generation, whether they are boys or girls.”

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, says: “The Bank of England is committed to promoting and improving diversity in all forms – gender, race, background, belief and orientation. As an organisation, we have set clear targets to ensure we reflect the diversity of the United Kingdom as we seek to attract the best people to public service, and we are making good progress towards them. The Inspiring Women campaign plays a crucial role in showcasing the wealth of opportunities that are available to young women across a broad range of sectors, and the Bank is very pleased to support it.”

 FT editor, Lionel Barber, said: “The Financial Times is delighted to participate in the Inspiring Women in Finance event with six female FT journalists attending to meet with students. The FT is a strong supporter of diversity in business and we benefit greatly from the wisdom and experience of accomplished female leaders across the company, including nearly half of our executive board and many senior editors. You can follow FT news, comment, and analysis on women and the workplace at ft.com/women”.

Jennifer Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said: “As Inspiring the Future’s lead corporate supporter, we believe that educating the next generation is crucial for a strong economy and for successful communities. We are particularly encouraged by the launch of Inspiring Women in Finance, which will help broaden young girls’ horizons and awareness of the many types of careers available to them in financial services. Our aim is that through our collaborative efforts with partners, we can educate, inspire and motivate more young women to consider a career in the sector.”

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Media coverage

The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-business/11296919/Miriam-Clegg-British-women-must-avoid-creating-a-glass-floor.html

The Financial Times: http://on.ft.com/1zlEyYy

The following women in the UK Financial Services Sector took part in ‘career speed network’ with 120 girls:

Charlotte Hogg, Chief Operating Officer, Bank of England

Joanna Place, Executive Director, Human Resources, Bank of England

Rosaleen Blair, CEO, Alexander Mann Solutions

Sarah Blomfield, Managing Director, Rothschild

Clare Barrett, FT Senior Live News Reporter

Sarah Gordon, FT Europe Business Editor

Lisa Pollack, FT Head of Special Projects, FT.com

Gay Collins, Executive Chairman, MHP Communications

Caroline Daniel, FT Weekend Editor

Sarah O’Connor, FT Employment Correspondent

Melanie Richards, Partner and Vice Chairman, KPMG

Sandie Okoro, General Counsel, HSBC

Bina Mehta, Chairman’s Office & Associate Partner, KPMG

Mary Dolson, Partner, Global Accounting Consulting Services Group, PWC

Sue Fox, CEO, M&S Bank

Julia Prescott, Chief Strategy Officer, Meridiam Infrastructure

Isabella de Costa Mendes, Managing Director, Head of London and Africa Solutions, Renaissance Capital

Kathleen Hughes, Global Head of Liquidity Sales and European head of Institutional Sales, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Jagdeep Rai, Corporate Director, Heathrow, Slough & Surrey, Barclays

Tracey McDermott, Director of Enforcement and Financial Crime, FCA

Katharine Braddick, Director of Financial Services, HM Treasury

Indra Morris, Director General, Tax and Welfare, HM Treasury

Lynne Chambers, Head of Group Talent, London Stock Exchange

Catharine French, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Barclays

Jennifer Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, EMEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Sanaz Zaimi, Co-head, Global Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) Sales, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Gillian Lancaster, EMEA Chief Operating Officer, Global Technology & Operations, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Joan D’Amico, Head of Global Loan Products EMEA and Asia, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Christine Spolar, FT Investigations Editor

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money

Megan Butler, Executive Director, International Banks Supervision, Bank of England

Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier, Bank of England

Jo Paisley, Director, Supervisory Risk Specialist, Bank of England

Lea Paterson, Director, Independent Evaluation Office, Bank of England

Jumana Saleheen, Chief Operating Officer, Financial Stability, Bank of England

Jenny Scott, Executive Director, Communications, Bank of England

Angela Wakelin, Managing Director, UKB Operations & Control, Santander UK

Mangala Ananthanarayanan, Head of Enterprise Risk for EMEA, Pimco

Ghazala Syed, Vice President and Group Head-Loans Administration, Commerzbanz

Carola Hoyos, Recruitment, Executive Appointment and Non Executive Director Club Editor, FT

Helen Mason, Managing Director of Bank Partnerships for Global Transaction Services, RBS

Liesbeth Baudewyn, Quant Analyst, Credit Suisse

Diane Wailes, Diversity Senior Manager, HMRC

Melissa Phoo Par, HMRC