Testimonials

The Chartered Banker Young Banker of the Year competition showcases individuals who sustain high ethical, professional and customer-focused standards, acting as role-models to their colleagues and peers. They are bankers who are the future leaders of a re-established and revitalised banking profession. Hear from previous winners and finalists about how taking part in Young Banker has impacted their career. 

“Winning this award feels like a fantastic achievement. I remember reading an article about last year’s winner, Jamie Broadbent, and thinking that to walk about with a national award was no mean feat. When the competition was launched I decided to enter with a proposal that I thought would challenge the status quo. The competition has been a great opportunity to promote an idea that I feel passionately about and to pitch it to key players in the industry.”
 
Josh Greenway, 2015 Winner, Natwest 
 
“It helped me to develop new skills which I know I’ll continue to use throughout my career. The process offers a unique opportunity to reflect on the challenges currently facing our industry, and then develop an innovative concept that could help to make things better. Winning the award helped me to get my ideas out to a much wider audience and also raised my profile, both within RBS and across our wider industry.”
 
Almost immediately after winning the award, Jamie was interviewed for, and ultimately secured, a promotion. He feels certain that his participation in the competition played a significant part in his selection for the role. Jamie believes that young bankers in the industry have a responsibility to be champions of change “We are flying the flag for new and innovative approaches that will help ensure our industry continues to meet the changing needs of our customers.”
 
Jamie Broadbent, 2014 Winner, RBS
 
Young Banker was the starting point for Emma Coulter’s idea which has now rolled out across all of Lloyds Wealth and recently won two awards at the BBA/IFS Financial Innovation Awards 2015. 
 
“Reaching the Final was a challenging and rewarding experience on so many levels. The competition gave me a platform to showcase my idea and provided a fantastic opportunity for both personal development and stretch on top of my day job. The support and encouragement I received from Senior Directors was outstanding and there is no doubt being part of this process has supported my career progression, the momentum of which continues today.” 
 
Emma Coulter, Finalist 2014, Lloyds Banking Group 
 
“Participation within the Young Banker of the Year awards has been invaluable to me. The process itself of being able to share your ideas whilst developing your own skill-set and experience alongside increasing exposure internally within your own organisation and externally is fantastic. The development and opportunity that have come from this is absolutely worth the hard-work and commitment required and I would encourage anyone considering applying for the award to do so.” 
 
Thomas Casey, 2014 Finalist, Bank of Scotland