International Women’s Day: Raising up Women in the Workplace

  • 7 March 2024
  • Webinar
Event Details

Join us for an insightful webcast in partnership with The Manchester Metropolitan University and ICAEW, ‘Raising up Women in the Workplace’ on Thursday 7th March in celebration of International Women’s Day and this year's theme: Inspire Inclusion.

The banking and finance sector has long been characterized by gender disparities, with women historically underrepresented in leadership roles and facing various barriers to career advancement across the corporate pipeline. However, in recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of gender diversity and inclusion within organisations, driven by an understanding of the tangible benefits it brings to businesses, economies, and societies as a whole. As we celebrate International Women's Day, we would like to invite our panel to reflect on the progress that has been made in advancing women in the workplace and to explore the initiatives and strategies that have contributed to this positive momentum.

As part of International Women's day Inspire Inclusion campaign, this event aims to shed light on the progress made in advancing gender diversity within the banking sector while highlighting effective initiatives and strategies for empowering women in their professional journeys. This webcast will explore the current landscape of gender equality in the workplace and uncover practical insights for fostering inclusive cultures.

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Joanne Murphy, MBA, MCIBS, Assoc CIPD

Joanne Murphy, MBA, MCIBS, Assoc CIPD

Chartered Banker Institute | Chief Operating Officer


Joanne Murphy is the Institute's Chief Operating Officer delivering the Institute’s business wide digital transformation strategy and leading the strategic and annual business planning process.  Joanne’s remit includes driving our professional inclusion agenda and she has executive responsibility across a variety of business function including; Membership, Business Support, Finance, People, Innovation and Marketing.

In November 2014, following a period of significant growth at the Institute, Joanne became our first Operations Director and also the first female member of the leadership team, she led the organisational restructure which established the Operations function. With colleagues, Joanne ensures the needs of our members, clients and educational partners are identified and supported effectively by the Institute's resources.

Joanne joined the Institute to support the establishment of the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board (CB:PSB). Joanne led the professional standards implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and devised the supporting operational infrastructure. Joanne oversaw the implementation of the CB:PSB Foundation Standard for Professional Bankers and its subsequent adoption by over 185,000 bankers globally.

Joanne has over 25 years' experience in financial services, working in a variety of roles in business and retail banking with RBS from 2002, and prior to that with GE Capital. Joanne’s career began working in marketing and research at Scottish Television in London. Joanne is a qualified learning professional with expertise in six sigma methodology, in consulting and project capacity her activities include outsourcing, international relocation and process improvement.

Joanne, is a member of both the Institute and of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and holds an MBA in Banking and Finance. 


Iwi Ugiagbe-Green

Iwi Ugiagbe-Green

Manchester Metropolitan University | Reader


Iwi has worked in higher education for over 20 years in wide range of professional services and academic roles. She is a Fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and completed an Executive MBA in 2010.  She worked as both a management and financial accountant for nearly a decade and wanted to be a Finance Director, before her heart took her into the brilliant world of accounting education.  

She is currently a Reader in the Accounting, Banking & Finance department and the department lead on Postgraduate Employability.  Her current research focuses on intersectionality issues impacting on the racialised experiences of students in the academy, with particular focus on student transition from higher education to the graduate labour market and closing degree awarding gaps.

Louisa Pollard

Louisa Pollard

The Co-operative Bank Plc | Head of Legal (Litigation)


Louisa's current role is Head of Legal (Litigation) at the Co-operative Bank Plc, where she leads the legal litigation department. As a team, they advise and support the business on a wide range of issues and disputes, including complex FOS complaints and trends, regulatory issues and projects, litigated claims, commercial disputes, and fraud.

She has been at the Co-operative Bank for 9 years, having trained at an international law firm, DLA Piper, within their Litigation and Regulatory department. After completing her training contract, she worked at DLA Piper for 8 years as an Associate and Senior Associate. She joined the Bank on secondment in January 2015 and then took up a permanent position in the legal team.

She represents the Co-operative Bank on the Women in Banking Finance (WIBF) Manchester committee and is keen to promote and grow the WIBF network in Manchester.

Outside of work, Louisa has two young boys so spends most of her spare time running around after them, but she also enjoys running, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Date & Time

Thursday 7th March 2024

13:00 - 14:00 GMT

Booking Details

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If you have any questions, or difficulty registering, please contact [email protected]