Calling Young Bankers

  • 18 January 2022
  • Young Banker of the Year | Career Development | Green Finance

The 2022 edition of the most prestigious annual event for leading Young Bankers has been launched today.

The organisers, the Chartered Banker Institute, are inviting nominations from its 33,000 members, and also more widely from across the banking sector, including building societies, credit unions and FinTechs.

We are also delighted to have the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) as supporters of the competition again this year.

Founded in 1987, the Chartered Banker Young Banker of the Year competition aims to showcase tomorrow’s leaders in banking. The challenge set for entrants is designed to test their capacity to generate new ideas and to deliver sustainable growth.

Contestants are asked to develop a proposal in response to the following question:

"What idea would you implement in your organisation to improve outcomes for customers, colleagues, and communities? Your idea should reflect your vision for the future of the banking profession and be consistent with the ethos of the Chartered Banker Institute and the UN Principles for Responsible Banking[1]”​

Following initial judging and Semi-Finals, the Grand Final will be held in the autumn. Four finalists will present their proposals to a judging panel composed of senior industry figures and the Young Banker of the Year 2022 will be presented with a trophy, £1000 in prizemoney, plus £1000 for a charity of their choice.

Rosie Lyon from Allied Irish Bank (AIB), Winner of 2021 Young Banker of the Year, commented:

“The competition was life changing for me. Not only did it give me the platform, it made me grow my confidence and reduce my anxiety. The amount of support I received was amazing! It was great to be able to put my idea forward to help all those that are sufferers and survivors of domestic abuse, a topic that isn’t spoke about often in the banking industry. If you are thinking of applying, just go for it. I did and I’ve achieved so much since!”

Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute, added:

 “I’m delighted to launch the 2022 edition of the Chartered Banker Young Banker of the Year, supported again by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).  Our Young Banker of the Year competition identifies and showcases the best ideas, from the finest and brightest young bankers, to deliver responsible and sustainable banking for our customers and communities aligned with the ethos of the Chartered Banker Institute and the UN Principles for Responsible Banking.  The originality and inventiveness of our young bankers can help build a bright future for the banking profession, and I look forward to seeing the ideas put forward by our contestants this year.”

Puleng Ndjwili-Potele, Interim Banking Lead, UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) further added:

“The Principles for Responsible Banking, now representing over 45% of global bank assets, endeavours to secure prosperity for current and future generations by fostering a banking industry that serves people, societies and the planet. We are delighted to once again support the Chartered Banker Institute’s Young Banker of the Year competition – a meaningful annual event that showcases the creativity and motivation of budding leaders of the industry to enable change in alignment with the Principles. We at the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) are looking forward to seeing pioneering ideas from contestants that help shape the sustainable banking industry of the future.”


For further information contact:

Matthew Ball, Head of Public Affairs, Chartered Banker Institute
Tel: +44 (0) 7720 684226 E-mail: [email protected]

For further information about our Young Banker of the Year 2022 Competition please visit: Entries will close on 18th March 2022

Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball

Chartered Banker Institute | Head of Public Affairs, Policy & Communications


Matthew is responsible for leading the implementation of the Institute’s strategic and operational plans for public affairs, key stakeholder engagement and communications.

Matthew has over 25 years’ experience working as a senior Parliamentary/Political Affairs Professional with a wealth of skills across all areas of public affairs, joining the Institute in 2015 to help raise its profile, impact and influence. Matthew has worked for MPs, co-founded a public affairs agency and run think-tanks providing him with considerable knowledge of the operations of regulators and government. He is also an expert in the UK Parliamentary Process.

Matthew was Administrative Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Building Societies and Financial Mutuals between 2003 and 2013 and immediately prior to working for the Institute, was Chief Executive of the financial services think-tank, New City Agenda.

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