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.

Here we present the final five women who have been named in positions 1-5 – based entirely on your votes.

5. Melissa Geiger, Head of International Tax, KPMG

Geiger, who originally qualified as a chartered tax advisor with KPMG, is a boomerang who just keeps coming back.

She worked in industry, with Accenture in San Francisco in 2001, then with Standard Chartered Bank in London and Hong Kong until 2005.

She re-joined KPMG as the youngest female equity partner in 2008. She acted as lead tax partner to a number of global banks in addition to leading the banking M&A tax team. She was listed in Management Today’s 35 under 35 ones to watch in 2009.

In 2014 Geiger became global head of tax at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and in 2016 was also acting group treasurer.

She again returned to KPMG in 2017 to her current role. She is also a trustee of low-income charity Tax Aid.

4. Justine Campbell, Managing Partner for Talent in UK & Ireland, EY

Campbell is an HR professional by background. She first joined EY in the early 1990s and after a spell in industry, returned in 1998.

She is responsible for developing the firm’s talent strategy to make EY fit for the future and the ‘employer of choice’ in the professional servicesd industry.

She has held leadership positions in transaction advisory services and EMEIA financial services. In her previous role spent time shaping EY’s global talent strategy, working with the global executive to ready the organisation for the workplace of the future.

An ambassador of diversity and inclusiveness, Campbell believes that how talent is managed is critical to business success and achieving profitable growth.

3. Lynn Rattigan, Chief Operating Officer UK and Ireland, EY  

Rattigan has spent her entire career in professional services and has been a partner at EY since 2001. After just three years, she joined EY’s leadership team as deputy chief operating officer.

From January 2015, Rattigan took the top job, while working flexibly, four days a week.

She has had an extensive and diverse range of client experiences throughout her career, having worked with a number of FTSE 100 companies and private equity houses, specialising in the delivery of corporate finance services. She has worked for PwC and BDO.


2. Anna Anthony, Managing Partner for Tax and Legal, EMEIA Financial Services, EY   

Anthony acts a relationship partner for a number of EY’s major clients and has nearly 20 years’ experience advising the banking and capital markets sector on international tax issues.

She is partner sponsor for the corporate sustainability agenda within financial services at EY. And she is an active promoter of the diversity and inclusiveness agenda, personally mentoring a number of high-potential women in the finance field.

She is also a non-exec for IBDE, a London based non-profit membership organisation providing leadership in promoting international trade and investment flows, as well as championing commercial and trade diplomacy.

In addition to being a chartered accountant she has a masters degree in Law.

1. Annie Graham, ICAS (EY’s youngest partner at 29 in 2008)

Annie Graham’s rise is the stuff of legends. She started at EY in Glasgow as a summer intern in 1997, joining the firm a year later and qualifying as a chartered accountant with the Scottish ICAS in 2002.

She became the youngest EY partner in 2008 and was named ‘Accountant of the Year’ in the Scottish Accountancy Awards. A year later, Accountancy Age featured her as one of its rising stars.

As head of assurance for EY Scotland, she has worked with a range of clients, from FTSE 100 through to private and PE-backed entrepreneurial businesses across a range of industries.

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