“Time to take more action” – Women in Finance call for further education on gender disparities

From the gender pay gap and issues surrounding familial leave, to workplace confidence, the panel sought to provide real, practical solutions for women operating within the sector.
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In a recent round-table hosted by The Intermediary, a group of industry professionals gathered in United Trust Bank’s offices to discuss the current barriers, and more importantly opportunities, for women working within financial services.

Panellists included Holly Morrison of Paragon, Tanya Elmaz of Together, Marylen Edwards of MT Finance, Natalie McNamara of The Loans Warehouse, Caroline Mirakian of United Trust Bank, Charlee McLaughlin of WPB, and Katy Eatenton of Lifetime Wealth Management.

Attendees shared their thoughts and personal experiences regarding gender biases in the property finance industry.

From the gender pay gap and issues surrounding familial leave, to workplace confidence, the panel sought to provide real, practical solutions for women operating within the sector.

According to Elmaz: “It’s time to take more action, rather than just talking about taking action.”

Indeed, intentional problem solving was the overarching theme of the discussion.

Panellists called for real change within the industry, rather than the often ‘tick-box’ way in which gender diversity is approached.

McNamara said: “It’s about not being embarrassed or shy to say, ‘Well actually, we want more female representation’.

“There’s a lot around education […] and not just ticking a box.”

With discussions spanning mentoring, further education and opening difficult conversations with male colleagues, the panel proved to be a lively debate – calling for more transparent dialogue when it comes to women’s issues.

To find out more, a full write up of the event will feature in the upcoming June issue of The Intermediary magazine.

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Jessica O'Connor

Jessica O'Connor is a Reporter at Workplace Journal

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