Hope Capital has signed the Women in Finance Charter which aims to make financial services a more balanced and fair industry to work in.
The bridging lender recently made extra female appointments to its senior management team. Half its board members are now women, and 75 per cent of its staff are female.
The Women in Finance Charter commits companies to ensure the pay of the senior executive team is linked to deliver against gender diversity targets. Hope Capital says it’s going one step further by committing to equal pay for similar roles across the organisation.
More than 200 firms have signed the Women in Finance Charter. These include Sesame Bankhall Group, Investec Wealth and Investment, Metro Bank, Sainsbury’s Bank, Bank of Ireland and Ipswich Building Society.
Hope Capital chief executive officer Jonathan Sealey says, “We set the expectation of signing up to the Women in Finance Charter some time ago within Hope Capital. Where we have differed from other financial companies is that we wanted to have already hit our targets before we signed up, as actions speak louder than words.
“We have spent the last few months working towards this and, as a result, we are proud of the fact that we already have an equal split of men and women on our senior management team and 75 per cent of our staff are female, including underwriters, case writers and BDMs. Our target now is to maintain the level that we have achieved already.”
Hope Capital head of underwriting and part of the senior management team Laura Carr says: “Hope Capital has been committed to gender diversity since well before the Women in Finance Charter came into being. The fact that we have 50 per cent women in senior management and over 75 per cent women overall is testament to that. This latest commitment to the charter is the next logical step to what is a long-term commitment.”