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Please find below all of the events we have run since 2019, many of which have useful handout notes with a summary of points from each event and check back regularly to see any upcoming events.

September event:

WiAS & Women in Platforms: Speed Mentoring event

29 September | 5.30pm Registration, 6-8pm


29 September | 5.30pm Registration, 6-8pm | Bravura Solutions, Level 5, 201 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3AB

Women in Asset Servicing and Women in Platforms are delighted to announce a joint in-person speed mentoring event from 5.30pm on 29 September, kindly hosted by Bravura Solutions. This event will provide the opportunity for attendees to meet and talk to high-profile executives from across our industry about skills that matter to you. Our mentors are from a cross-section of functions within financial services, who will focus on a range of popular topics, including finding your way into sales, how to make social media work for you and finding your voice to enable you to elevate your profile.

Why speed mentoring?

Speed mentoring has the power to help you think creatively and expansively about your career and your own aspirations and hear about key aspects of your development from the people who are in the know. We’ve listened to what you’ve said and know that mentoring is a hot topic. The purpose of the evening is for everyone to be brave and ask those questions you’ve been afraid to ask and stimulate lively discussions.

Details of our mentors and their topics will be released soon, so make sure you check back to the website regularly. We will also send you these details once they are released. Prior to the event, we will ask you to prepare a series of questions to ask the mentors to create focused conversations to ensure you get the most out of your experience.

September event:

WiAS X City CV

14 September, 12pm GMT


14 September 2022 |  12-1pm| 

With over 830 million users in 200 countries, LinkedIn is the #1 social media site for hiring professionals. An incredible 97% of headhunters use LinkedIn as their primary candidate source, even more so for senior hires. However you may feel about social media, you can’t afford to neglect your LinkedIn profile.

Following the success of ‘The perfect CV’ webinar earlier in the year, WiAS is delighted to welcome back Victoria McLean from City CV, part of the Hanover Group, for a one-hour masterclass on September 14 at 12pm, where you will find out how to write a compelling LinkedIn profile that will drive your career forward. You will leave the session with workable tips to refine your professional brand, move up the LinkedIn rankings and expand your network in a competitive market!


  • Make your LinkedIn profile shine with the best keywords
  • Exploit LinkedIn algorithms to beat the ‘LinkedIn Robots’
  • Portray yourself as an invaluable commodity
  • Develop your online brand for your sector – your unique differentiator and more
  • The ideal headline and summary – why every character counts
  • Expand and manage your network
  • How to build social capital
  • The best LinkedIn groups for you
  • Be an ‘Expert’ in your niche – blog, share, excite
  • Q&A

This session will be delivered by Victoria McLean, CEO of City CV and Director at the Hanover Group. Victoria is a career industry expert, award-winning Board CV writer and coach, who has helped over 30,000 candidates secure their dream role. Victoria brings a wealth of industry experience as a former headhunter and former Head of Recruitment for Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs.

Previous events

Summer Networking Event, 15 June 2022

In June thanks to support from Schroders, members were invited to our first in person event. The event was a perfect opportunity for us to celebrate our successes during covid lockdown and our support from The Embark Group which has considerably extended our reach and created our wonderfully vibrant website.

Jackie Leiper, CEO of The Embark Group, joined us at the event as well as many other women from our network. We were also delighted to be joined by some of the successful young women, who following a coaching session delivered by WiAS, found their voice, and took part in Fund Forum in May.

WiAS X City CV: The perfect CV, 18 May 2022

In May members were invited to a one-hour masterclass, where they could learn CV writing tips and strategies from Victoria McLean, CEO of City CV – formerly at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch – and a career industry expert, award winning CV writer and coach, who has helped over 20,000 candidates secure their dream role. Victoria has developed a nuanced and strategic approach, which fuses market knowledge with a deep understanding of recruitment techniques to help build your personal brand and create a compelling CV story.

Your CV is the passport to your professional future. The right one will bypass the technology and the initial 5-second human scan to earmark you for your target role. Isn’t that what a great CV is all about?

Writing your own CV doesn’t come naturally. Everyone benefits from fresh eyes, perspective and industry insight. Your CV must articulate your distinctive skills and attributes in a way that shows the value you bring to your future employer. With fewer open roles in the market, it’s never been more important to understand what recruiters look for in a CV, overhaul your CV and have your burning questions answered.

WiAS X IMpower: Finding your voice, 7 April 2022

In April we held our showcase event in association with IMpower incorporating FundForum where we heard from the Global Executive Producer for FundForum International, Jenny Adams, to understand why curating diverse speakers at a conference is critical for both the future of events, and the talent pipeline in our industry.

Alison Campbell, a public speaking training expert, then helped us discover the secrets of professional public speakers and how you, too, can improve your presentation skills and ‘own the room’.

The final part of the evening featured a showcase of 6-8 speakers from the WiAS network and LGBT Great. Using the skills they learnt in a separate workshop with Alison Campbell to deliver two minutes presentations about a subject of their own choosing.

Finding your next role, 16 Mar 2022

Regardless of whether you are looking for your next role today or have plans for your future career, then this is the event for you. It takes bravery to reach for the next step and this is a great place to start your research and thinking. Paul Chapman of HornbyChapman (specialists in post-trade recruitment), discussed the current Asset Servicing market, provided a broad overview of how to search for and what to look for in a role. He also shared some do’s and dont’s of modern interview techniques.

We also heard from Terri Van Praagh, COO of GFS UK at Northern Trust about skills she values and what she looks for from candidates and Giulia Iannucci from KnowThyBrand about developing your own personal brand. Take a look at the top tips from Paul and further details on personal branding.

Read more on personal branding.

ESG: Engaging with The Investor, 23 September 2021

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors have become an increasingly important consideration for investors and the recent IPCC report on Climate Change highlighted the need for policymakers and consumers to act now.

Demystifying the Board – the role of the NED, 25 March 2021

Think of a board and a stereotype naturally springs to mind. But the world of business is changing fast and boards need to rapidly adapt to offer value and ethical best practice not only to shareholders but to the customers, communities and employees they serve. Achieving cognitive and behavioural diversity in the boardroom needs inclusive board recruitment processes that directly address the lack of gender, ethnic and often generational representation around the table.

The role of a board NED is often poorly understood and so at this event, Emma Berwick and her experienced panel demystifyed the board and explained the opportunities that exist for the many.

Further reading.

Women in technology, 23 June 2021

On Wednesday 23 June Dominic King, Senior Principal, from Accenture Research, shared his insights on gender parity within the technology sector, which was followed by a lively discussion with our experienced panellists: Naomi Masterston (panel chair), Discovery Lead and Trade SME Transaction service, Northern Trust, Dominic King, Alison Pain, Chief Technology Officer, Northern Trust and Adam Belding, Chief Technology Officer, Calastone.

Watch the recorded event.

Bridging the Racial Gap, 15 December 2020

We were delighted to hear from Connie Lindsey from Northern Trust and Chimmy Ngoma from Calastone, who shared their stories with us on what it is like to be black women in our industry.  Connie gave us a wonderful overview and history, including the key things that we could take responsibility for ourselves to help change the dial.  Chimmy talked to her own personal and work experiences and her hopes for the future.  Chimmy also shared a range of resources with us here.

Remote working sponsored by Northern Trust, 09 July 2020

WiAS and Northern Trust came together at the height of the COVID19 pandemic to discuss how to keep up your profile whilst working from home.  Gone are the days of face to face networking and we moved to the world of the virtual meeting and daily video calls.  Spontaneity has gone out of the window, but it doesn’t mean that you cannot keep up your relationships and drive forward your career.  Catherine Duffy from Northern Trust in interview with Kate Webber discussed how our members could help themselves during this time, to put their best foot forward and not to forget about their careers, including tips from regular virtual meetings to increase your network, to preparing for meetings and presenting your best self.

Careers don’t go in straight lines – hosted by Schroders, 5 March 2020

Maggie Craig, John Cowan, Penny Biggs and Michael Akinwotu all shared their career stories with us, the highs and the not so highs and what they have learnt along the way.  The stories helped us to consider how careers are not linear but full of twists and turns which are exciting and sometimes challenging.

View event invite.

Negotiation Skills: working from home – The Gap Partnership, 11 June 2020

In our webinar, hosted by Laura Mann, WiAS member, Richard Jones from The Gap Partnership talked to us about how to maximise negotiations when working from home.

Two day workshop: Negotiation – Richard Jones, The Gap Partnership, December 2019

This two day workshop for a small number of WiAS members was a huge success with the participants learning a huge amount from Richard to take into their working and personal lives.

An introduction to negotiation – The Gap Partnership, 30 September 2019

Hosted by Laura Mann from WiAS and SEI, this event continued our theme of helping members to build confidence in their daily and working lives by understanding how to develop their negotiation skills through key tips and practical application.  The event was followed up by a two day workshop held in Northern Trust offices in December.

Increasing female diversity, 13 June 2019

Supported by Jenny Adams, the Global Executive Producer of Fund Forum International and Alison Campbell, a small number of delegates were given presentation training in the afternoon of 13 June, with Alison, to prepare them for a 2 minute pitch in front of the WiAS audience.  The participants benefited hugely from the training and got a rapturous response from the audience that evening.  Sponsored by Bravura at their offices in Broadgate, this event really helped the participants to find their voice.  Jenny provided them with complementary tickets to Funds Forum later that month where they spoke again, talking of their experiences.

Further reading.

Nurturing female talent - sponsored by Calastone, 6 February 2019

Our keynote speaker, Ann Roughead was joined by our panel, including Rose St Louise, Karen Zachary and Fiona Murden to discuss how to nurture female talent and share their own experiences.

Further reading.

60% of Britain's wealth will be owned by women in just three years, so why the limited options?

Series 2 of the EmbarkPod is back in time to celebrate International Women’s Day. Joining host Roger Hearing is newly appointed Embark CEO Jackie Leiper and founder of Women in Asset Servicing, Kate Webber.


Interview with Trish Hammett, Head of GDTA Operation Europe, HSBC

Interview with Ece Hanci, EMEA Senior Global Account Manager, Symphony

GC Stories: Kate Webber

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