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Women in Finance Charter

Wesleyan signed the Women in Finance Charter in February 2018

Being an inclusive and diverse organisation is extremely important to us and that's why we're delighted and proud to support the Women in Finance Charter.

Our customers come from a wide range of backgrounds and we want to reflect this diversity within our own people, helping us to do what's right both for the business as well as the doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers we serve.

By signing the Charter, we've committed that 33% of our senior roles (Non-Executive Directors, Executives and Senior Managers) will be held by women, by December 2023.
We've made good progress and believe we're on track to reach this target. Currently, 29.3% of our senior roles are held by women, which is an increase of 5.3% in the last 12 months.

WIF-Charter-Mark"In addition to being the right thing to do generally, research shows we make better decisions with a diverse group of people involved. We want to foster a positive working environment in which people feel included, and our diversity celebrated."

Roger Dix, Chief Risk Officer and Exec sponsor for Inclusion and Diversity.

We've made progress in several areas which have helped us make a difference and support our ambitions for greater gender balance:

  • Appointment of two female Non-Executive Board members
  • 40% of all senior management vacancies in 2019 (Jan - Aug) were filled by women
  • Membership with the 30% Club helps us to support development of women through external mentoring
  • Signed up to the Working Forward initiative to support new parents in the workplace, focusing on leadership and flexible working
  • Signed a five-year membership to WISE, the campaign for gender balance in the UK science, technology and engineering sectors
  • Ensuring at least one female candidate is presented on every senior manager vacancy shortlist
  • Unconscious bias training for all staff allows us to understand our own inherent biases and helps to make better decisions
  • Statement has been added to all recruitment adverts which shows our commitment to diversity and inclusion

We're focused on supporting women at all levels to develop and achieve their career ambitions, and are similarly active in supporting other aspects of diversity too, such as ethnicity, LGBTQ and wellbeing.

We know there is still more work to be done, but we're confident we can achieve our Women in Finance Charter target, however we'll continue to work towards gender balance beyond the 33% goal.

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