Women in Finance event

Specialist brokers to host Women in Finance event

LDNfinance, Brightstar Financial and trade publisher Medianett will be jointly hosting an event later this month to help dispel some of the misconceptions regarding HM Treasury's Women in Finance Charter.

This follows claims made during a panel discussion at the FP Show last November that some businesses are still reluctant to become signatories due to their focus being on hitting targets.

As of last month, over 330 companies have signed up to the charter — which asks firms to commit to implement four industry actions to improve the gender balance at the top of their organisations —covering 800,000 employees across the sector.

The charter’s 2018 annual review revealed that 87% of signatories have met or are on track to meet their targets for female representation in senior management, solidifying the power of the pledge.

The event will be held by Clydesdale Bank from 3-5pm on Tuesday 30th April.

It will kick off with a talk from Clare Jupp, director of people development at Brightstar, who will provide clarity on the key responsibilities of charter signatories, the importance of making the commitment and how companies can reach their goals.

“We were an early adopter of the Women in Finance Charter, making the commitment back in 2016 and have been passionate about progressing it across the sector ever since,” said Clare.

“If we are really going to address the gender pay gap and make financial services more balanced and representative, there needs to be institutional change and a firm commitment to supporting more women into senior roles.

“By signing the charter, organisations are committing to exactly this.

“Forget talking, forget excuses, just sign up today and pledge support for a fairer, more representative sector.”

The agenda will also include the opportunities, benefits and real results of making the commitment from a lender signatory perspective by Sinead Moynihan, head of sales at Mint Bridging, and a discussion on complementary supportive initiatives from Medianett’s managing director Caron Schreuder.

Guests will also be able to network over a glass of wine and are encouraged to come armed with their burning questions for the Q&A segment.

Speaking in advance of the event, Anthony Rose, director at LDNfinance, said: “At LDNfinance, we are proud to be supporting the Women in Finance Charter and join the many companies who are signing up to the charter’s pledge for gender balance across financial services.

“We believe in working with people of different backgrounds, cultures and thinking styles to build our understanding and knowledge.

“A part of this is fostering equality and opportunity for everybody — regardless of gender.”

*DISCLAIMER* 17.04.19: This event is now fully booked, however please feel free to contact Kara Cordrey at [email protected] to register your interest for fututre events.

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