Young Banker of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Joanna Finlay from Virgin Money has been named the 2017 Chartered Banker Young Banker of the Year during the final of the competition held at London’s Mansion House on 4 September.

Joanna Finlay Wins

After scooping this year’s title, Joanna Finlay was presented with the Chartered Banker Young Banker of the Year 2017 trophy by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley.

Joanna Finlay commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been named this year’s UK Young Banker of the Year. I entered the competition as an opportunity to provide a voice for unbanked people. I felt very privileged to be given the opportunity to present my idea to such an esteemed panel of judges, alongside other people who share my passion for putting customers at the heart of banking.”
Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute commented: “Our Young Banker of the Year competition, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary, produced one of the most exciting finals ever. This year’s competition has been bigger, better and of a higher standard than I can remember. I’d like to congratulate Joanna Finlay on becoming our 2017 Young Banker of the Year.
All four of this this year’s finalists displayed the qualities of customerfocused ethical professionalism that should be at the heart of a revitalised banking profession, but in the judges’ opinion Joanna’s presentation demonstrated originality and the development of socially purposeful banking that customers and communities expect.”
Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of the City of London, said: “I would like to congratulate Joanna on her award as the Young Banker of the Year. “Joanna is showing all the qualities we expect to see from our banking industry – professionalism, pride and a customer-first approach – and I wish her well for what I am certain will be an exceptional career in banking.” 

Young Banker of the Year 2018

The Chartered Banker Young Banker of the Year competition aims to showcase tomorrow’s leaders in UK banking. The challenge set for our entrants is designed to test their capacity to generate new ideas, drive innovation and sustainable growth:

What idea would you implement in your own organisation to improve outcomes for some or all of the following groups: customers, colleagues, counterparties, communities and the organisation you work for?

We look for young bankers to provide evidence of original and inventive thinking in making their proposal, which can apply to any area of banking.

Do you have what it takes to be our Young Banker of the Year 2018? If yes, register your interest in next year's competition today!