Insights from the most powerful woman banker in Britain


Grace Belgravia, London. March 23rd 2017

We were thrilled to have Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money, come and talk to us. We found her down-to-earth and no-nonsense approach very inspirational; she has some quite incredible stories and a wicked sense of humour.

As always it was difficult to cut our takeaways down to 10, but the biggest lessons we took from the evening were:

1) Embrace the opportunities that life throws at you

2) Creating relationships and building a network opens doors

3) Don’t be afraid to ask for help: “what is life about if we can’t all help each other?”

4) You don’t need a thick skin and bullsh*t to sell products if the products are good and the people are legitimate

5) Work with people who are different to you

6) Try and make the most of the work/life balance

7) Keep your naivety and never stop being surprised

8) Be a troublemaker: break out of the rules that people make for no reason

9) Be clear on the company’s purpose: making money is not a purpose, it’s an outcome

10) Be more than a brand: show what your substance is

Above all, BE YOURSELF.

This week marked the launch of the Gadhia report on women in finance. BroadMinded was delighted to contribute to it and the round table we held is quoted on the homepage of the report’s website. Here are the 10 key recommendations in the report:

1) Invest in supportive people managers

2) Create the right culture

3) Provide technology which supports flexible working

4) Ensure there are transparent pay structures

5) Increase the number of female role models

6) Implement good flexible working policies

7) and 8) Supporting working parents

9) Offer mentoring schemes and ‘active’ sponsorship

10) Provide Opportunities for women to gain commercial experience

Read the full report:

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