4 Finalists announced for Young Banker of the Year 2017

  • 23 June 2017
  • News | Young Banker of the Year | Professionalism and Ethics
Four contestants have been chosen to go forward to the final of this year’s Young Banker of the Year competition at the Mansion House in London on 4th September.

The finalists, representing some of the UK’s best known banks, are:
  • Amy Clarke, NatWest
  • Joanna Finlay, Virgin Money
  • Ian Humphreys, Virgin Money 
  • Stacy Lamb, Tesco Bank
 The Young Banker of the Year competition seeks to highlight the contribution of individuals with the potential to lead positive, customer-focused change in banking.  The challenge set for candidates is designed to test their capacity to generate new ideas, drive innovation and sustainable growth, and enhance confidence, trust and pride in the banking industry by submitting a business proposal.  At the semi-finals stage, each contestant presented their proposal, on the following topic, to a panel of judges:
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? 
The four contestants chosen to participate in the final on Monday 4th September will now have their ideas tested and judged by a panel of industry experts, chaired by the Lord Mayor of London, and including Lady Susan Rice (Chair of the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board), Dame Colette Bowe (Chair of the Banking Standards Board) and Robert Dickie (President of the Chartered Banker Institute). 
The winner will receive a prize of an overseas holiday for two, but more importantly will gain industry-wide recognition as a high potential individual with a great future ahead of them.   
An audience prize will also be awarded by the Banking Standards Board, to include the opportunity of a short placement with the BSB.
Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute commented: “Our Young Banker of the Year competition, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary, is set for a hugely exciting final. I was privileged to attend both fantastic semi-finals, in Manchester and Edinburgh, and to hear the great ideas put forward by this year’s semi-finalists – all of whom can be very proud of their achievements.  This year’s competition has been bigger, better and of a higher standard than I can remember, and I can’t wait for the Final in September."
Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball

Head of Public Affairs, Policy & Communications


Matthew is responsible for leading the implementation of the Institute’s strategic and operational plans for public affairs, communications and thought-leadership.

Matthew has over 20 years’ experience working as a senior Parliamentary/Political Affairs Professional with a wealth of skills across all areas of public affairs, joining the Institute in 2015 to help raise its profile with key stakeholders. Matthew has worked for MPs, co-founded a public affairs agency and run think-tanks providing him with considerable knowledge of the operations of regulators and government. He is also an expert in the UK Parliamentary Process.

Matthew was Administrative Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Building Societies and Financial Mutuals between 2003 and 2013 and immediately prior to working for the Institute, was Chief Executive of the financial services think-tank, New City Agenda.

Contact details
Email: matthew.ball@charteredbanker.com  Tel: 07720 684226