Joanna Finlay wins Young Banker of the Year 2017

  • 5 September 2017
  • News | Press release | Young Banker of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Joanna Finlay from Virgin Money has been named the 2017 Chartered Banker Young Banker of the Year during the final of the competition held at London’s Mansion House on 4 September.

After scooping this year’s title, Joanna Finlay was presented with the UK Young Banker of the Year 2017 trophy and a voucher for an overseas holiday for two by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley.

Joanna Finlay commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been named this year’s UK Young Banker of the Year. I entered the competition as an opportunity to provide a voice for unbanked people. I felt very privileged to be given the opportunity to present my idea to such an esteemed panel of judges, alongside other people who share my passion for putting customers at the heart of banking.”


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.

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