Ellvena Graham, we knew her before she got famous

LONDON- 7 June 2013 – Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF) is delighted to announce the winners of its Annual Awards for Achievement. Now in its sixteenth year, the WIBF awards cover three categories: the Award for Achievement; the Champion for Women and the Young Professional Award. Nominated by their peers, the award winners typically demonstrate both professional excellence as individuals and champion the employment, retention and progression of other talented women.

This year’s winners are:

    • WIBF Award for Achievement: Cheryl Newton, CIO Group Operations, Lloyds Banking Group
    • WIBF Champion for Women: Ellvena Graham, Chief Operating Officer of Ulster Bank Group and Head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland, part of the RBS GroupWIBF Young Professional of the year: Nicole D’Angelo, Citi Private Bank
    • Sylvana Caloni, President of Women in Banking and Finance, commented “The complexion of the financial services industry is changing. As many firms emerge from a tough period of introspection, the requirement for diverse skill sets in all financial disciplines has never been clearer.
At WIBF we hope to facilitate a transition to greater gender equality in financial services by shining a light on the pipeline of able women ready to redress the continued imbalance in board appointments and senior level roles. As our award winners today demonstrate, women are key contributors to the UK’s competitive edge, creating new business opportunities, driving innovation and taking managed risk to build a stronger economy for all.

“Previous WIBF award winners have highly influential positions across the financial services industry and beyond,” Caloni added. “We congratulate Cheryl, Ellvena and Nicole and hope their success today offers positive role models for younger women joining the industry in the future.”“The success of today’s award winners demonstrates the power of combining intelligent business ideas with purposeful networking,” continued Gay Huey-Evans, key note speaker and non executive director of Aviva plc, The London Stock Exchange Group plc, the Financial Reporting


Council and ConocoPhillips. “As working life for both men and women often progresses until 65 years of age and sometimes beyond, failing to network increasingly means leaving a fulfilling career to chance.

“Organisations like WIBF support women’s career advancement dynamically: creating a peer group, a platform for sharing ideas and a forum for debate. I am delighted to join them in congratulating this year’s award winners.”

WIBF received a total of 24 award nominations in 2013 from across the United Kingdom, from which the judges chose 5 nominees for each category shortlist. Nominations came from across the financial services industry including investment banking, structured finance and retail banking as well as from related functions like marketing, operations, information technology and administrative support.



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