The judging panel, comprising seasoned professionals and high achievers from across the industry, applied the usual rigorous criteria to the lengthy nominations list.
In addition to the requirement to be under 40 and an outperformer in their market, a successful nominee needed to demonstrate drive, energy and entrepreneurial spirit. The judges were also looking for evidence of his or her holistic contribution to the organisation for which he or she works – be that internally, as a leader of a networking or advocacy group, or externally, as a champion of a charity, mentoring programme or other such project.
The 30 individuals selected are all rising quickly to the top – and, equally importantly, making the world a better place on their way there.
Miranda Abraham, Barclays, selected for Brummell’s Ones to Watch 2014
Jennifer Low (above)
Senior manager, global program execution services, EY
Low is a strategic-management consultant with a record of leading global-transformation programmes and working with board-level executives to deliver business objectives. She is also a chartered accountant and has provided assurance, transaction and advisory services during her career at EY.
A gender-equality advocate, she co-chairs the multi-award-winning UK & Ireland Women’s Network, inspiring, connecting and developing EY’s people, clients and communities. She is an active mentor and was named Innovator of the Year in 2014.
Head of product strategy and COO of product management in global transaction banking, Deutsche Bank
Exemplifying Deutsche Bank’s commitment to homegrown talent, Budd joined as a graduate trainee and progressed to MD level. He now leads the product strategy function for the transaction banking business. Having led the development of the Autobahn App Market, he focuses on driving adoption of best practice for product management from other industries. He is a founding member of a Deutsche Bank (UK) charity-ball fundraising committee for Sparks.
Tara Courtney Davies
Senior managing director, Macquarie Capital
Davies leads a team of investment bankers focused on buying, selling and funding of infrastructure businesses. She is the only female MD within the investment-banking division in Europe, and therefore plays an important role developing junior female bankers. In 2014, she advised on deals with a value of £10bn and regularly participates in events bringing together politicians, governmental departments and the City. She is a keen cross-country horse rider and has traversed North Korea and climbed Mont Blanc.
Monetary Policy Committee, Central Bank of Mauritius
Degnarain is an independent member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Mauritius and chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Oceans. A former McKinsey consultant, he is an adviser to several global CEOs and government leaders around the world and led the creation of delivery units to aid national strategy implementation. In 2011, he advised the Mauritian Minister of Finance on the country’s economic and Africa strategies, and within three years, it was upgraded by credit-rating agencies.
Head of China desk, Thomson Reuters
Du joined Thomson Reuters in 2008 and set up its first offshore Chinese business in 2014. He now leads the firm’s RMB and China strategy, as well as that for Chinese financial institutions. Renowned as a thought leader on RMB internationalisation, regulation and the Chinese capital market, he is an author and regular public speaker, and in 2012, co-founded the RMB Interest Group
to build Chinese financial knowledge in London. Outside work, Du performs as a traditional Chinese folk singer – to date, his concerts have raised over £6,000 for the Maple Trust.
Investment consultant, Redington
Ewer develops investment strategies and risk-management solutions for some of the UK’s largest institutional investors. He has recently worked with Redington CEO Robert Gardner and Lord Hutton to spearhead an extensive report into the future of retirement saving, making recommendations on how to make the pension landscape work effectively for current and future savers. In 2013, he co-founded financial-education charity RedStart, and has become a thought leader and campaigner for a greater appreciation of the importance of financial literacy.
Mitesh Sheth (above)
Director of strategy, Redington
Sheth earned a reputation as a driver of change by building Henderson’s award-winning fixed-income business, and was hired by Robert Gardner to help Redington become the largest independent investment consultancy in the United Kingdom. He currently leads the firm’s business development, communications, marketing and digital strategy. In addition to his role as an actuary, he is an amateur actor, committed to his involvement in youth-charity development and devoted to his young family. He can be summed up, he says, by his mantra for life: ‘If we don’t stretch our limits, we set our limits.’
Executive director, JP Morgan
Drawing on a background in finance in New York and her work with New York Cares, in 2010, Grier-Menager founded HandsOn London to offer flexible opportunities by which capital-dwellers could give back to the community. So far, she has assisted around 60 firms with their charitable requirements and linked 4,000 registered volunteers with 100 community partners throughout Greater London. In 2011, she launched Wrap Up London, via which, with the help of several hundred participants, 40,000 donated coats have been redistributed to those in need.
Deputy head, UK large corporate and London-based European corporate foreign-exchange sales, RBS
An RBS director and a 2014 Women of Achievement finalist, Grimstead helps drive the firm forward by harnessing its employees’ innovation and talent and has implemented a learning programme using in-house knowledge to inspire others to build networks. She entered Team RBS in the Clipper City Challenge last year in support of Sail 4 Cancer – an endeavour she hopes to repeat this summer before competing in the Clipper Round the World Race later in 2015.
Director, Coutts Institute
After spending eight years in the non-profit sector, Harrington joined Coutts in 2011. She is now a director, working with clients to develop strategies for family wealth. She is deputy chair of the Coutts Women’s Network, supporting more than 500 members. She is also active in numerous charitable projects and was founding chair of the Coutts London Charity of the Year committee, through which she raised £75,000 for The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields, encouraging over 2,000 colleagues to participate in fundraising events.
Head of EMEA market structure and liquidity strategy, UBS
Heavily involved in the development of the UBS global liquidity strategy, Hay advises UBS clients and internal groups on liquidity analysis, market structure and regulation. As a member of the Securities Trading Committee of the AFME, she participates in a number of initiatives, including Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II developments. She also contributes to evolving exchange and multilateral trading facility models in Europe. Hay fundraises for a number of charities and is a triathlete and cyclist.
Samantha Moyo (above)
Director, Morning Gloryville
Moyo launched Morning Gloryville in 2013, bringing City professionals together at 6.30am to rave their way into the day. Influenced by a childhood spent between Zimbabwe and the UK, she works to unite people from varied walks of life and spread a happy, health-conscious ethos to help companies embrace playfulness in their working environment. From May to July 2014, Morning Gloryville launched in 11 major cities around the world and now comprises more than 20 international franchises, providing a second income for its ‘glory agents’.
Associate director, infrastructure advisory, KPMG LLP
Houghton has an executive advisory background in major infrastructure projects. She led an initiative to drive KPMG’s sales agenda, supporting the development of an app rolled out to 12,500 staff. A champion of the business talent pipeline, she is an active member of the Women on the Wharf steering committee and Women in Infrastructure Leadership group. She was selected
for the Government and Infrastructure Future Leaders programme and has spearheaded provision of cross-border mentoring support to junior members.
Faisel Rahman OBE (main image)
Director, Fair Finance
Social entrepreneur Rahman founded Fair Finance in 2005 to tackle financial exclusion and high-cost lending in low-income British communities. With a background in international development at the Grameen Bank and the World Bank in Bangladesh, he created the UK’s first microcredit programme in 2000, which he grew into Fair Finance. An occasional Guardian columnist, writing about exclusion, in 2009 he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and, in 2014, made an OBE for services to community finance.
Faisel wears: cotton shirt, £360, and cashmere-wool-blend trousers (part of a suit), £2,525, both Giorgio Armani
Laura Jane Jackson
Management consultant, Accenture
Jackson is a strategic management consultant, whose talents extend far beyond her chosen field. She is an avid fundraiser for and supporter of meaningful causes and manages a number of social enterprises, from network-building weekends and dinner parties to pop-up bakeries under the moniker Ninjaginger. She has run both the Rwandan and London marathons, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and completed a 2,000km charity bike ride around the world, and, via ORT Jump, helped a secondary-school student achieve their career ambitions.
Engagement manager, HSBC
Lau’s career history spans education, law, publishing, charity and banking, and she has achieved great success in each of these professions. Alongside her current role, she co-founded the Eastern Blossoms platform, which connects social networks in large corporate companies, acting as a knowledge-sharing and cultural exchange between the East and West. It delivers career workshops and mentoring sessions for students at UCL, LSE and Imperial College and helps promote charities such as the Mulan Foundation and Chinese Welfare Trust.
EMEIA financial services head of corporate sustainability, EY
Knight joined EY at manager level in 2010 and quickly progressed to head up its Financial Services Corporate Sustainability practice across Europe, the Middle East, India and Asia. A leader in sustainable finance and an advocate for behavioural change, she engages with stakeholders to promote the role financial institutions play in sustainability. She founded EY’s Vantage Program, which offers pro-bono services to high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets, and has written numerous articles about intrapreneurship.
Making a significant contribution to the development of Redington’s asset-liability modelling and investment strategy, Letham provides world-class analytics to some of the UK’s largest pension funds. In 2012, he co-founded RedStart, an initiative aimed at tackling financial illiteracy in the UK, the target of which is to teach a million young people by 2025 how to save, budget and give back. He was listed in the Financial News Extra Mile Top 40 in 2014 after RedStart provided 3,500 hours of financial education to young people in London, Bristol and Edinburgh.
Edit Laszlo (above)
Customer experience product director, RBS
With a Masters in International Management and an extremely varied career, Laszlo uses her wide-ranging skills to improve customer service at RBS. A champion of corporate social responsibility, she drives significant elements of the sustainability agenda. Outside the office, she mentors students and young professionals and is currently developing her own programme to support disadvantaged youngsters in her native Hungary. She also chairs the finance committee at the Portman Early Childhood Centre and was shortlisted in 2014 for the Women in Banking & Finance Young Professional of the Year award.
Director of projects, Maggie’s
Lloyd-Jones is currently on a year’s secondment from HSBC to the cancer-care charity Maggie’s, where she is leading plans to support its growth strategy. During her 11 years at the bank, she has been at the forefront of high-profile internal change initiatives. As COO for its global communications function, she transformed disparate country structures into a successful operating model used by a worldwide team, including the creation of a popular mentoring programme for high-potential employees at all levels.
Co-founder and director, Volans
Love has worked with the likes of HP, Allianz and Nike to develop successful social-innovation models and forge cross-industry partnerships. A regular speaker on social change at global events, she has written for Harvard Business Review and is helping to co-ordinate the launch of the B Corp movement in the UK. She was part of the UK Corporate Forms working group for the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce, and is a trustee of both the 3D Investment Foundation and Shared Impact, and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network member.
Head of strategy and governance, Deutsche Bank
Focusing on delivering strategic service improvement and achieving significant cost-saving, Lyng runs strategy and governance for the bank’s corporate banking and securities business services technology department. She mentors junior female colleagues to help strengthen their ambitions and successfully nominated the Helen Bamber Foundation as one of Deutsche Bank’s UK Charities of the Year. An active volunteer, she has secured two Deutsche Bank Community Awards for the Hackney Winter Night Shelter.
Senior product marketing manager, Microsoft
As a senior manager, Partovi leads strategy and delivery of global Office 365 community events at Microsoft. He worked with PwC before he was headhunted by the enterprise social network Yammer, contributing to its growth before it was acquired by Microsoft. A founding member of the independent global community Responsive Org, he is a co-founder of WeWorkUnbound. He also founded Culturevist, a collective improving workplace culture and offering practical interventions in charities.
Following a global career in financial and professional services, Ricard founded and now co-leads GLEE@PwC. An inclusive business network for ‘Gays, Lesbians and Everyone Else’, it currently has 500 members. He has expanded its reach beyond London to the Midlands, the North and Scotland, and connected PwC’s LGBT networks globally. He has also advised many of the firm’s clients on creating their own networks and organised numerous joint events. He supports several charities and has been a guest speaker at diversity and inclusion panel events.
Jim Westropp (above)
Private banker, Barclays Wealth & Investment Management
Westropp manages a high-net-worth portfolio of private clients within the financial-markets propositions team at Barclays. He makes a substantial contribution to business development and new-client acquisition, generating a multi-million-pound revenue stream. He served in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo as a captain in the Welsh Guards and organised a run, cycle and kayak back from Bosnia to London, which raised £50,000 for charity. In 2012, he co-founded the Peter Westropp Memorial Trust in memory of his cousin, which has so far supported carers in the UK to the tune of £100,000.
Head of business management, Lombard Asset Finance and RBS Invoice Finance/Transaction Services UK, and mentor, Commercial & Private Banking, RBS Group
Working across customer-relationship management, strategic delivery and executive-team roles, Seabridge delivers transformational programmes at RBS and helps market-leading firms make long-term investment decisions. She is involved in the RBS Focused Women’s Network and is a founding member of Back to Business Basics, which promotes awareness in schools of the importance of businesses to the UK economy.
Director and client adviser, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management
Turner manages family-office and ultra-high-net-worth clients at Deutsche AWM and has advised people in the world of tennis, golf and Formula One, as well as senior law-firm partners and entrepreneurs. He is a business ambassador for the School of Hard Knocks, which uses contact sport to change the lives of young people, and brought together a board of influential City figures to raise funds. He was recently approached by Sporteducate to become a trustee of Southwark Tigers, an inner-city rugby club.
CFA, Algo Sales & Trading Services, Liquidnet
Since he joined Liquidnet’s graduate programme in 2010, Wertheim has worked across sales, trading and capital markets in both London and New York. He has played a key role in automating client workflow, while continuing to allow clients to execute block trades. His function helped the company expand its algorithmic business in London to achieve a record revenue growth of 43 per cent last year. A serial fundraiser, he ran 14 half-marathons in 2013/14 and is an active supporter of Rwanda’s Agahozo Shalom Youth Village.
Client services manager, RBS, corporate and institutional banking
West is responsible for driving initiatives to deliver customer-service excellence for RBS’s large corporate and institutional customers. She is an active member of the community-investment programme and a mentor to young people both within and beyond the bank. Passionate about developing aspiring female talent within the banking industry, she chairs the RBS Focused Women’s Personal Development Committee for London and the South East, which hosts bespoke skills-development and networking sessions for members.
Senior leader, Barclays
Graham has worked at Barclays since 2007. She has spent the past three years in India, supporting the building of Barclays Operations in Chennai and Mumbai, and settingup a new-change organisation for Barclays Investment Bank and Wealth Management functions globally. The founder of Barclays’ Women’s Initiatives Network in India, reaching almost 15,000 employees, she is also the editor-in-chief of WeAreTheCity India, a website that receives a million hits each month. She is a founder member of the Women on the Wharf network and the newest board member of the London Women’s Forum.
Words: Jemima Wilson; Co-ordinator: Duncan McRae; Photography: Philip Sinden; Photographer’s assistant: Chris Bromley; Hair, make-up and grooming: Carol Morley
Our expert judges, all inspirational professionals in their own right, are well qualified to recognise the next generation of rising stars in the City
Head of emerging markets, loans syndicate, Barclays
Abraham manages the underwriting, pricing, syndication strategy and liquidity for loans in CEEMEA regions. As an executive director on the board of Women in Banking & Finance and the head of the Women on Boards programme, she has led campaigns to create opportunities for women in the boardroom. A senior sponsor for Barclays Women’s Initiatives Network, she sits on the Women on the Wharf and Barclays steering committees. She chairs the Kensington & Chelsea branch of the National Childbirth Trust charity.
Head of UK clients, Berenberg
Brass joined Berenberg to establish its London private-banking office. He previously worked at Schroders Private Banking and co-founded the European office of Compass Advisers, having qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG. The founder of the award-winning Impact Ventures UK, he is a director of the Montpelier Foundation and a member of the UK Cabinet’s Investment and Contract Readiness Fund. He sits on the boards of the advisory council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Institute for Family Business.
Managing director, Contango Markets
Following a career as a coffee broker and trader, Furness joined the J Aron division of Goldman Sachs in 1987. He was appointed director of business and market development at the London Commodity Exchange and London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange and, in 1999, went on to found Contango Markets. The firm specialises in product and market development for exchanges, banks, IDBs, clearing houses and technology companies, and has developed into one of the world’s leading derivatives and commodities consultancies.
Managing director, K&K Global Consulting Ltd
Karppi set up K&K Global Consulting Ltd (K&KGC) in 2008 to build a global buy-side community. It operates the Alpha Trader Forum (ATF) and Asia Buy-side Forum (ABF) for heads of equity, fixed income and FX trading, which meet to discuss issues pertinent to the marketplace. It also launched the Buy-side Perspectives in-depth research reports and private portal buysideintel.com. Karppi mentors students aiming for a career in finance and was asked to open the markets at the London Stock Exchange in 2013.
Diversity and inclusiveness leader, EY
Mitchell has 20 years’ global experience working in organisational change and human resources as an internal and external consultant at PwC, HSBC and now, EY. In her current role, she leads inclusiveness and diversity for EY’s EMEIA financial-services practice and thrives on achieving aims thought impossible by organisations. She pursues multiple passions alongside her work and this has included lecturing in HR, fundraising, completing a Masters in sustainability and business practice, and working in a school in Peru for pupils with special educational needs.
Managing director, Neuchange
Neu has extensive corporate experience and previously worked at HSBC in various roles, including head of private-banking initiative for its commercial bank and COO positions within its global banking and markets business. She founded culture-change consultancy Neuchange in 2013 as MD, and currently co-chairs the Network of Networks for Gender, a best-practice sharing forum for gender employee-network heads from 100 corporates and Government agencies. Neu also writes a regular How To column for Harper’s Bazaar At Work online.
Special thanks to all those who submitted nominations