First Women Awards

The First Women Awards is the UK’s leading awards programme for senior-level business women and professionals. Excitingly Sharon our CEO has been shortlisted for the First Women Awards in the First Woman in Finance category.  These awards celebrate the real positive difference female business leaders have on the UK economy, our productivity and our place in the world.

“I am pleased to let you know I’ve been nominated for the First Woman in Finance award. These awards recognise the enormous impact female business leaders have on the UK economy, our productivity, and the place women have in the world. Whether you’re male or female must have no impact whatsoever on your determination to succeed.

I think these awards are good news for women in the finance industry and particularly great in terms of what it says about Close Brothers and diversity. I’m passionate about making sure capable women have the same opportunity as men to progress from entry level roles to senior management positions. Some of you may know that I left school at 17 without a university degree and started my employment at entry level in both the police force and subsequently, banking. I’m passionate about promoting talent at Close Brothers regardless of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation or religion. I want to ensure that the culture at Close Brothers continues to be inclusive and provides opportunities for everyone who possesses ambition.”

-Sharon Bishop

Sharon attended a discussion based interview with the judging panel on 5 May, ahead of the awards dinner on 22 June which she will be attending with a representation of support from CBPF.

Sharon will be up against female leaders from across the industry, including Barclays and Deloitte. See the First Women Awards website for more information.