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.
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