Whyfield is very proud to announce we’re the first accountancy firm from the region to join HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter which has been released today from Whitehall.

It sees us sign up to the Charter along with 66 other organisations including big names from across the world of finance such as J.P. Morgan, Admiral Group, Equifax, Investec Asset Management, and Yorkshire Building Society.  The Charter now has 272 signatories which means that it now covers over 760,000 financial services employees in the UK.

Laura Whyte, Director at Whyfield commented:

“We are delighted to join named as one of the leading lights on this extremely important issue, not just for financial services but for women in every industry across the UK.  Along with my fellow director Roxane Neave, we look forward to upholding the key actions of the Charter and contributing to a better future for women in finance.”

John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury said:

“From banking to asset management, too few women get to the top in financial services. That’s why it’s so important that firms sign our Charter and commit publicly to take action. It’s not just the morally right thing to do – a balanced workforce is good for business, for customers, and for profitability too.

“I commend our new signatories for taking a step in the right direction. I urge firms who’ve not already signed our Charter to join us in building a more representative and inclusive industry.”

As recommended in Jayne-Anne Gadhia’s review into the representation of women in financial services, the Women in Finance Charter asks firms to commit to four industry actions to prepare their female talent for leadership positions:

  1. Having one member of a senior executive team who is responsible and accountable for gender diversity and inclusion;
  2. setting internal targets for gender diversity in their senior management;
  3. publishing progress annually against these targets in reports on their website;
  4. and, having an intention to ensure the pay of the senior executive team is linked to delivery against these internal targets on gender diversity.

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money and the government’s Women in Finance Champion said:

“I am delighted we have more than 270 companies committed to HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter. Gender equality and diversity

is integral to creating a fairer, more prosperous society. But there’s still more to do and we will keep going until every organisation is signed up.”

Further information

272 firms have now signed the Women in Finance Charter. The 67 new firms that signed the Charter between 1 March 2018 and 30 June 2018 are: