Our first Women in Finance ranking in 2018 spotlighted influential women across various sectors, including government, business, finance and accountancy, who are all leaders, trailblazers and transforming their respective fields.
This year, we had so much interest we decided to extend the list from 20 to 35 women.
Last month, we put forward a longlist of female leaders to an audience vote. This week and next, we’ll be announcing the results of the vote – listing five women each day ahead of the full ranking release of the Top 35 Women in Finance on 30 April.
Today we present the next five women who have been named in positions 21-25 – based entirely on your votes.
21. Jacky Wright, Chief Digital and Information Officer, HMRC
Poacher turned gamekeeper or symbol of the revolving door between government and the industries that benefit from government contracts, Wright moved, on a two-year secondment, from Microsoft to her current role in October 2017.
She had previously been CIO at BP, Momentive Performance Materials and General Electric and, despite being a Londoner, spent much of her career in the US.
Wright is changing the way HMRC operates, initially completing an insourcing of IT but culturally too, aiming to focus on outcomes and serving citizens rather than on individual projects. It’s effectively up to her if Making Tax Digital sinks or swims.
22. Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Conservative MP
Qualified management accountant Truss was appointed chief secretary to the Treasury on 11 June 2017.
She was elected MP for south west Norfolk in 2010, was a junior minister for education and childcare from 2012 and environment, food and rural affairs minister from July 2014 until July 2016.
She was Lord Chancellor and secretary of state for justice from July 2016 until June 2017.
Truss was previously deputy director at Reform. She also worked in the energy and telecommunications industry for 10 years as a commercial manager and economics director.
She is a Merton College Oxford PPE graduate.
23. Della Hudson, Author, The Numbers Business
Hudson has switched from numbers to words, using her accountancy experience to become an author and public speaker. Her book is described as ‘a Haynes manual for accountants taking the plunge to setting up their own practice’.
She qualified as a chartered accountant in practice in 1994 and spent most of her career in industry.
Following the birth of her children, she set up Hudson Business Accountants and Advisers which, with the help of cloud technology, soon grew from the kitchen table to a small team working from independent premises.
In 2017 she sold her accountancy practice to focus on business speaking, writing and consulting.
24. Rhiannon Kinghall Were, New Chair of WiT; Head of Tax Policy, Macfarlanes
Kinghall Were was a founding committee member of the Women in Tax network.
At Macfarlanes, she provides support on tax policy issues, monitoring and advising on the implications for business as they arise, from proposals through to enacted legislation.
She spent six years in practice advising on corporate tax implications for multinational enterprises before joining the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). There she was responsible for policy development on domestic tax issues affecting businesses operating in the UK.
This involved analysis of tax policy developments, drafting responses to government consultations and voicing the business community’s tax priorities.
25. Carolyn McCall, CEO, ITV
McCall was paid £3.7m by ITV in 2018, including compensation for leaving EasyJet for the broadcaster in January 2018. Her bonus was 135% of her salary, but could have been 180%. She was also paid £1.4m less than her predecessor Adam Crozier during his final full year at the broadcaster in 2016.
Ad-funded businesses across the world, including TV, are being squeezed by Facebook and Google yet ad revenues contribute the bulk of ITV’s profits. She has a tough job.
McCall was made a dame in 2016 for services to the aviation industry. Her seven years as CEO of EasyJet turned it into one of Europe’s best-performing airlines, almost quadrupling its share price.
At The Guardian, from 1986 to 2010, she helped the newspaper move online, though its financial success has yet to be proven.