Young Banker of the Year

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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 leader, keen to make or already making a significant contribution to rebuilding the UK banking industry, reflecting the very best qualities of customer-focused professional competence promoted by the Chartered Banker Institute, we would like to hear from you.

We are seeking nominations from individuals and institutions across UK banking (including building societies, credit unions and others) who meet the eligibility criteria. 
The winner gains industry-wide recognition as a high potential individual with a great future ahead of them. In addition, there is a first prize of an overseas holiday for two and prizes for three runners up.

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The Challenge 

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

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 then be invited to present their proposals in person at the semi-finals.

For the first time this year, there will be two live semi-finals. Those making it through to the semi-final stage will be invited to present their proposals live to audiences on either the 7th of June 2017 in Edinburgh or the 20th June 2017 in Manchester, with four Young Bankers progressing to the Final.  

The Young Banker of the Year Final is the highlight of the Institute calendar and will be held at Mansion House, London, in September 2017, with the kind permission of the Lord Mayor. Our finalists will have the chance to present to, and meet, many senior figures from the banking, regulatory and policy-making communities, with the winner chosen by an illustrious panel of judges.

Please note, entries to the competition is now closed. 

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.