Entrepreneurial Banker wins Young Banker of the Year Award with proposal to help people become debt free

Bringing true entrepreneurship to banking, Sarah Walker from Santander has been named the 2019 UK Young Banker of the Year held at London’s Mansion House on 10 September.

Launched in 1987 by the Chartered Banker Institute, the Young Banker of the Year Award recognises and rewards those individuals who reflect the qualities of customer-focused, ethical professionalism promoted by the Institute.

In 2019 young bankers were asked to develop ideas with a focus on green and sustainable finance and responsible banking.

After scooping this year’s title, Sarah was presented with the UK Young Banker of the Year trophy by Alderman Sir Alan Yarrow.

Sarah said: "It is a real honour and a privilege to have won the Young Banker competition 2019. I have always wanted to create something that would make people’s lives easier and help people realise that with the right support and guidance they can become debt free. Most importantly I want people to feel like they are not alone and that they have people who want to help them. The whole competition process has been fantastic and to present in front of such experienced judges has been an amazing opportunity.”

An Audience Prize for the candidate who, in the opinion of the spectators, best personified the high, professional standards expected of bankers through their presentation on the night, was awarded by Bill McCall, President of the Chartered Banker Institute. The winner of this prize was also Sarah.

Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute, said: “The Young Banker of the Year competition aims to showcase the banking leaders of tomorrow and to use their innovative and fresh approach to inspire new generations of finance professionals.

“All four finalists presented inspiring ideas that show the future of banking is in safe hands. I would like to congratulate all of them and, in particular Sarah, on becoming our 2019 Young Banker of the Year. Sarah’s winning idea ‘My Money Advisor’ is an app that helps to improve people’s lives by helping them reduce their debt quicker and minimise interest paid. It also demonstrates in a very practical way the social purpose of banking, helping to reconnect banks and society.”

Mr McCall said: “I would like to congratulate Sarah, who best personified the high professional standards expected of bankers through her presentation on the night. I would also like to pay tribute to all of the finalists for their inspirational ideas, which clearly reflect their vision for the future of banking based on sustainable/green finance and responsible banking more broadly.

"There has been much to be proud of and it leaves me with enormous confidence in the future of our sector and profession.”

Abi Bentley-Cottam
Article by Abi Bentley-Cottam
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