Young Banker of the Year

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Do you have an idea that could change the future of UK banking, and enhance confidence, trust and pride in the industry? Enter Chartered Banker Young Banker of the Year 2018.

The most challenging and rewarding event of the banking year is here again, as the Chartered Banker Institute, seek young bankers with innovative ideas that will help shape the future of UK banking.

If you, or one of your colleagues, is a high-potential future leader, keen to make or already making a significant contribution to rebuilding the UK banking industry, reflecting the very best qualities of customer-focused, ethical professionalism promoted by the Chartered Banker Institute, we would like to hear from you.

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The Challenge

The challenge set for our entrants is designed to test their capacity to put customers first, generate new ideas, demonstrate social purpose, drive, innovation and sustainable growth:

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

Your idea should place the customer and their needs at the heart of the business and reflect your vision for the future of UK banking.”

The Competition

The Chartered Banker Institute is seeking nominations from amongst our 30,000 members, and also more widely from across the UK banking industry, including building societies, credit unions and others, subject to the eligibility criteria below. Candidates may also, if they wish, submit their own nomination.

Nominations must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 30th March 2018.

In the first round of the competition, candidates are asked to submit their proposals, which must be supported by an executive sponsor, to be considered by a panel of judges drawn from the Chartered Banker Institute. The best candidates will be selected to have a first stage call with Chartered Banker colleagues, and from this eight individuals will be invited to present their proposals in person at the live semi-finals.

Semi-finalists will be invited to present their proposal at a live semi-final on either 14th June 2018 in Manchester or 26th June 2018 in Edinburgh. Four finalists will then be selected from the two semi-finals to present their proposals at the live final in London, on 19th September 2018, before an invited audience of senior bankers, regulators and others, with the winner chosen by an illustrious panel of judges.

How to Enter

Please download the entry form.

The form should be accompanied by the nominee’s CV, and a Word document which outlines the proposal in response to the challenge. This should highlight how some or all of the groups’ experiences would be improved by the idea. The submission should be no longer than two A4 pages (approx. 700 words) with no appendices.

Entries should be submitted by 5pm on Friday 30th March 2018 by either post or e-mail.

Chartered Banker Young Banker of the Year 2018
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Nomination Process

The Chartered Banker Institute will accept self-nominations and nominations by an executive sponsor. In nominating an individual, the sponsor is indicating that they believe the nominee is an individual of outstanding potential, emerging as a future leader in the UK banking industry, and a role model for customer-focused, ethical professionalism.

By nominating a colleague, the sponsor is also reflecting their belief that the nominee has developed a viable proposal that would improve outcomes for some or all of: customers, colleagues, counterparties, communities and the organisation they work for, and that the proposal could be realistically implemented in their organisation.


  • Nominees should be employed in a UK deposit-taking or lending institution, and must remain employed for the duration of the competition.
  • Nominations are sought for individuals with approximately less than 15 years’ experience in banking.
  • The nominee is not required to be a member of the Chartered Banker Institute.
  • Nominees should be willing and available to participate in the semi-final and final, should they be selected.
  • Nominees must be prepared to make their own travel arrangements to and from the semi-final and final events, although it is hoped that their sponsoring institution will, in most cases, cover the costs.
  • Nominees must have an executive sponsor to support their proposal who will also, if required, be prepared to appear in a short video testimonial for the nominee if selected for the final.
  • The proposal should be originally conceived by the nominee.
  • The proposal should not be confidential.
  • The proposal must be credible enough to be implemented in the short-term, and its impact must be capable of being measured if implemented. The proposal should not involve the Chartered Banker Institute.