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Gender equality in banking and finance - Addressing the pay gap

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Heather Hazley, Regional Director, Nationwide
Julie McCarthy, Senior Consultant, People, Growth & Performance, Nationwide
Caroline Murray, Senior Lecturer, LIBF
Jagdeep Rai, Regional Director, HSBC

Gender inequality is still evident across all industry sectors in the UK, the banking & finance sector isn't immune. While there have been significant advances made it still appears to be a long journey until we see parity.

We are delighted to host this webinar with Nationwide Building Society to discuss the topic in more detail and share authentic stories from academics and leaders within our industry. Nadim Choudhury, our Head of Careers & Employability, will be hosting this webinar with a panel of experts.

They will focus on the following topics:

  • the importance of gender equality, linking to the fifth UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)
  • where we are now generally, and in the financial services industry
  • personal career stories from our guest speakers
  • barriers and solutions to change
  • advice on achieving promotion
  • Nationwide's position on the gender pay gap, current and future.

Who will be speaking?
Heather Hazley, Regional Director, Nationwide
Julie McCarthy, Senior Consultant, People, Growth & Performance, Nationwide
Caroline Murray, Senior Lecturer, LIBF
Jagdeep Rai, Regional Director, HSBC

Heather Hazley, Regional Director, Nationwide
Heather is a Regional Director for the South within the Branch Network at Nationwide. She leads a team of local directors who support Nationwide's members and branch teams so that every single person feels valued and has a great experience when they step into a branch.

Heather has over 27 years' experience working in financial services, most of these within the RBS Group. She has wealth of experience across all areas of financial services including leading contact centres, supporting private & business customers and being a relationship and area director in commercial and corporate banking.

Julie McCarthy, Senior Consultant, People, Growth & Performance, Nationwide
Julie leads on Inclusion and Diversity for the Nationwide. She passionately believes that no one should be disadvantaged or discriminated against. Julie has previously worked in the Branch network in many roles including Senior Branch Manager and Area Manager. Julie will lead our discussion on Nationwide's position on gender pay gap.

Caroline Murray, Senior Lecturer, LIBF
Caroline Murray is a senior lecturer at LIBF. Caroline has substantial experience delivering both bespoke and standardised financial services courses, for degree and professional qualifications, backed by a PGCHE. Teaching, examining, marking, and authoring materials and study texts specialising in ethics, professionalism, banking, finance, financial markets, corporate and business lending, banking law, insolvency, and debt collection. She has extensive practitioner experience in branch and head office banking, particularly in the lending, securities, and recovery fields.

Jagdeep Rai, Regional Director, HSBC
Listed in 2019 Cranfield School of Management 50 Women to Watch. Winner - Woman of the Year 2017, Asian Achievers Awards. Listed number 14 in 2019 EMpower and Yahoo Finance top 100 BAME leaders and listed in Green Park top 100 BAME leaders in business 2018.

Jagdeep is an experienced banker with longstanding success in sales leadership in both retail and corporate environments. She is passionate about leading people and businesses to drive commercial value, and colleague and client satisfaction. She has achieved this with a personal style that incorporates high levels of energy and motivation whilst instilling a truly service driven culture.

Jagdeep feels strongly about the gender and multicultural diversity agendas, in particular the development of females and Black and Ethnic Minority individuals into senior positions. She has a huge passion and interest in the female entrepreneurship agenda and has initiated and led market leading initiatives in this area.


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