Managing Director, Head of Banking Services, Coutts
Financial Services Category Winner 2013
It is an absolute honour to be recognised in this way. I believe strongly in both the power of diversity in business but also the great contributions women can make. Role models at a senior level are essential, but it is the support and development we give individuals as they build their career which will support sustainable change. I hope this award will inspire other women to continue to pursue their ambitions while recognising you don’t have to be superwoman to do so.
Joanna is a Managing Director at Coutts, an international private bank and wealth manager. She leads over 250 people and is responsible for the delivery of the banking service to the UK client base.
Joanna has had an extensive career at Coutts, training and working as a Private Banker across the UK, and more latterly has had extensive management experience leading a variety of teams across the business.
She is a champion for diversity in the business and led the successful delivery of the first Diversity Week at Coutts which focused on education, awareness and open debate across a variety of themes. As business sponsor of the Coutts Women’s Network, she promotes the development and retention of female talent at all levels as well as supporting the activities of the Young Leaders Forum and ensuring collaboration across networks. Joanna also sponsors the Coutts Woman proposition to ensure relevance to female clients and prospects alike. Passionate about diversity across generations, she focuses on relevance for all.
Joanna lives in the Midlands and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her husband and 11 year old daughter.
Judging Panel Comment
While all of the candidates for this year’s financial services category were very strong, Joanna stood out that little bit further and came across very well in both her written application and in her interview.
Joanna is a committed and successful individual who can certainly be considered as a role model, not just for women within her organisation and the financial services industry, but for all women. She is an ideal ambassador for the Award and clearly demonstrated how much it would mean to her to win the category.
We are certain that she will use the experience not only for her own benefit, but for the benefit of others, as well as for the further promotion and development of successful women across the industry.