Finalists announced for the Scottish Financial Services Awards 2019

Thursday, September 12: Ten finalists have been announced as contenders across three categories for the Scottish Financial Services Awards 2019, run by Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) and sponsored by EY.
 
A mixture of individuals and firms as well as one collaborative project between the Scottish Government agency Skills Development Scotland, the City of Glasgow College and industry partners have been shortlisted as finalists for Scotland’s only awards ceremony solely focused on financial services.
 
A record number of nominations were received, almost double that of last year, for the refreshed Scottish Financial Services Awards programme. In 2019 the number of categories has increased from two to three with a view to celebrate a wider scope of achievements within Scotland’s financial services industry.
 
The award categories are: Impact and Investment, Pioneer and Rising Star. The former assesses the entrants’ contribution to the industry, economy and wider society; Pioneer highlights innovative new ideas and/or technologies in action to deliver tangible benefits to customers, clients and society while Rising Star has been designed to showcase the accomplishments, enthusiasm and commitment of a person in the early stages of their career.
 
Graeme Jones, Scottish Financial Enterprise Chief Executive, said: “Without a doubt 2019 marks the strongest year of entries for our industry’s prestigious Scottish Financial Services Awards to date. Our list of finalists signals the top ten people, projects and firms working in financial services who are driving growth within our industry while also making significant contributions to wider society.
 
“Vitally important to our industry’s long-term success is the continued support of the next generation of leaders. As such I am delighted to welcome the third year of our Rising Star category where we honour the efforts of a person in the early stages of their career who has been identified as an ambassador for their firm and the wider industry.
 
“With the support of our sponsors EY we have also expanded the programme to include the new Pioneer Award to highlight the fantastic efforts to guarantee our position as a world-leading financial centre through innovation.
 
“I congratulate all nominees for their hard work and wish the finalists the very best of luck for October 24.”
 
The independent judging panel, consisting of SFE Board members and industry leaders from firms that are partner-level members of SFE, carefully deliberated over the nominations to create a shortlist of ten finalists across the three categories. This includes three finalists from Morgan Stanley and two from FNZ.
 
The winners will be announced at the Scottish Financial Enterprise Annual Dinner at the EICC in Edinburgh on Thursday 24 October. Run by Scottish Financial Enterprise and sponsored by EY, the awards celebrate success and recognise excellence in financial services.
 
Sue Dawe, Head of Financial Services at EY in Scotland, said: “The Scottish Financial Services Awards offer a moment to showcase the extensive, positive contribution our industry makes to the economy and local society. We are honoured to continue this prestigious partnership with SFE as sponsors.
 
“The 2019 line-up demonstrates that the talent, innovation and aptitude within financial services remains as strong as ever. As sponsors of the Awards, we at EY are delighted to see such a strong list of contenders.
 
“The new Pioneer category is a fantastic addition to the ceremony and very apt to represent the truly innovative ideas, technologies and collaborative approaches in action within our industry. We are keen to celebrate and support the spirit of innovation – an inherently Scottish attribute – that will ensure Scotland retains its rightful place as a leading global centre for financial services.”
 
Previous industry winners include; Barclays in 2018 for their decision to build a new state-of-the-art campus at Buchanan Wharf in Glasgow with the prospect of up to 2,500 new jobs; Edinburgh-based fintech Nucleus, which listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM after winning in 2017; Royal Bank of Scotland; Tesco Bank and Standard Life Investments.
 
Finalists for the Scottish Financial Services Awards 2019: Impact and Investment category
 
FNZ
Scotland’s first Fintech unicorn dedicated to innovation, has grown its headquarters in Edinburgh and expanded its graduate programme in Scotland to recruit the best local talent.
 
LendingCrowd
Created a unique partnership with the Scottish Investment Bank and NIBC Bank to fund the ambitions of SMEs in Scotland.
 
Lloyds Banking Group (LBG)
The Bank of Scotland Foundation is expanding its funding programmes for Scottish charities thanks to annual funding from LBG increasing from £2m to £5m for its grants’ programmes and matched giving for LBG employees.
 
 
Finalists for the Scottish Financial Services Awards 2019: Pioneer category
 
FNZ
In April 2019 FNZ launched the world’s first blockchain-powered market infrastructure for the asset management. Use of this technology has the potential to transform financial services through increased transparency, efficiency and speed, making investing accessible for more people.
 
Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley’s Glasgow-based EMEA Cybersecurity Fusion Center enables the firm to be proactive in marshalling a 24/7 cyber response. Delivering a positive impact globally for Morgan Stanley and the wider Scottish Cybersecurity Ecosystem.
 
Skills Development Scotland & the City of Glasgow College
Influenced by industry, the pioneering work-readiness college course was co-designed and co-delivered with industry partners to meet identified industry needs for new talent entering the sector. The course supports un/under-employed talent to access entry level roles in Glasgow’s financial services sector.
 
 
Finalists for the Scottish Financial Services Awards 2019: Rising Star category
 
Gillian Chivinge, Equity Research Analyst, Aberdeen Standard Investments
A diligent analyst and passionate advocate for entrepreneurship, innovation and inclusion with an extensive remit of external roles and responsibilities within industry.
 
Mikaela Thompson, Technology Apprentice, Morgan Stanley
An outstanding apprentice with a drive to improve team performance and customer satisfaction. She makes significant contributions to industry both inside and outside her firm.
 
Meenal Upadhyay, Software Developer, Market Risk, Morgan Stanley
A high-performing individual in her role at the firm and an ambassador for tech through external networks with a drive for promoting diversity and inclusion.
 
Sam Young, Proposition Manager, Phoenix Group
Identified as a talented, future leader who is driven and collaborative. She has a reputation internally for her focus on customer insight, built on forensic levels of analysis and stakeholder management.