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First Women of Finance: 2013 shortlist

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Once again supported by ICAEW, we recognise a group of women resetting the dial across banking, accounting, venture capital and beyond.

Anita Brook, managing director, Accounts Assist…

  • The only woman to be elected to the panel of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; Chair for the past two years;
  • Created “Brilliant at Bookkeping” franchise;
  • Launching her fixed-fee bookkeeping service in India; and
  • Worked in Malawi hel;ing to set up accounting systems and establish business practices in local organisations.

Anne Glover, CEO, Amadeus Capital Partners…

  • Became the first female chair of the British Venture Capital Association in 2004;
  • Launched Amadeus Capital Partners in 1997, one of Europe’s first new breed of VC firms;
  • Advises EU Commission on stimulating and funding technological innovation in Europe; and
  • Ambition to empower more women in emerging markets and inspire young people to follow in the footsteps of the great technology entrepreneurs who make it – and then put something back.

Ellvena Graham, chief operating officer & head of Ulster Bank Northern Ireland, RBS Group…

  • First woman to be appointed as executive director in organisation of 7,000 people;
  • Founded Ulster Bank’s Women in Touch network in 2010, to inspire women in managerial roles;
  • Driving force in Women’s Executive Network of 12,000 Irish women leaders; and
  • “With the necessary resources, I would invest in education and awareness of the impact on the wider economy, tourism and outside perception of social unrest”.

Jan Post, managing director, Rift Group…

  • Founder of trailblazing Rift Group, assisting construction workers to claim travel expenses back from HMRC;
  • “They are my boys, and I want to help every one of them”;
  • The only woman on the National Council of the Lighthouse Club (benevolent charity for the construction industry); and
  • “With the necessary resources, we would like to offer the same service to other sectors – AgeUK, for example, estimates there is £5bn in unclaimed benefits owed to pensioners”.

Jean Sharp, chief taxation officer, Aviva…

  • Graduated first in her class of 300 from University College, Dublin;
  • First female partner for Ernst & Young in Edinburgh;
  • The first chief taxation offices of newly formed Aviva;
  • Only female business representative on the Business Tax Forum; and
  • First chair of the Women’s Network at Aviva.

Teresa Sienkiewicz, director, Pensions Audit, KPMG…

  • Entered male-dominated accountancy in the seventies, as a disabled young woman – the first deaf graduate encountered by University College London’s careers service;
  • First female chair of the Pensions Research Accountants’ Group;
  • First female chair of the pensions committee at ICAEW; and
  • Sits on the “WharfAbility Group”, looking at the disability and carer agenda in major Canary Wharf firms.

Why not join us at the 2013 First Women Awards ceremony, in association with Lloyds Banking Group? This special night takes place at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on Wednesday June 12, 2013, and is hosted by the incomparable broadcaster and sports presenter, Clare Balding.

First Women Awards supporters include: the CBI, Accenture, Alexander Charles, benenden health, Centrica, COINS, IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers),  ICAEW, Land Rover, Real Business, CfEL (Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School), and the Huffington Post.

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