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The Queen's Women's Network: Women in Finance

Student, Old Member event


The Old Members' Office


Free of Charge

Join the Queen's Women's Network this October to hear a panel discussion focused on women in the finance sector.

Queen’s Women’s Network events are open to all. This hybrid event will be live-streamed for Old Members to join us virtually while current undergraduate and graduate students will be able to participate live from the Shulman in College.

This is a new type of event for the Network, focussed on careers advice and networking. It is aimed at students and Old Members who are interested in finding out more about different careers in all aspects of finance and hearing how our panellists have navigated their careers in this sector. 

The panel discussion will be co-chaired by Elizabeth Pilkington (Mathematics, 2000) and Jane Welsh (PPE, 1979). They will be joined by:

Paola Binns (Modern History and Modern Languages, 1980), Fund Manager, Royal London Asset Management
Rebecca Emerson (Economics, 1992), Partner, Oliver Wyman

There will be an opportunity for students to ask questions following the panel discussion. Old Members are welcome to submit their questions in advance of the event, and can do so on the booking form below.

This event is open to all Old Members online, and to our students, Fellows and staff who can attend in-person in the Shulman Auditorium. It will start at 6.00pm BST* (GMT+1) and is expected to finished around 6:45pm. 




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Biographies: Co-chairs

Elizabeth Pilkington (Mathematics, 2000) Chief Administrative Officer, Global Technology Services, State Street

Elizabeth is a professional in the Financial Services industry, with breadth of experience across Corporate Banking and Market Infrastructures, based in London.

Currently, Elizabeth is Chief Administrative Officer for the EMEA Technology division at State Street, with additional responsibilities for IT Strategy, Planning and Workforce Transformation for the International franchise.  Prior to this role, Elizabeth led the Innovation agenda for State Street Technology in EMEA, centred in Luxembourg.  She has formerly worked in the Public Sector and has serviced clients in that arena from a Banking perspective.

Elizabeth represents Technology on State Street’s Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Council for EMEA.  She maintains active interests in the Third Sector outside her primary career, having served on the Board and as an Advisor to small Charities and a Social Housing organisation.  She is a trained and certified Mental Health First Aider (England).

Elizabeth is a founding member of the Queen’s Women’s Network (QWN).  She was proud to contribute to arranging QWN’s celebrations of 40 Years of Co-Education at Queen’s, and to continue building a legacy programme that will help female students access Oxford and thrive in their future careers.

Jane Welsh (PPE, 1979) Founder and director, The Diversity Project
Jane began her investment career in 1982 at London Business School before moving to Russell in 1984 as their first full-time manager researcher.  She moved to Watsons (now Willis Towers Watson) in 1992 to advise institutional investors on strategy, portfolio construction, manager selection and monitoring.  She later specialised in researching global equity managers, private equity and infrastructure investments and led the indexation research team.  She was on the executive committee for the investment consulting business until leaving in February 2017.  Recent roles included oversight of the firm’s inclusion and diversity initiatives and its leadership development programme.  

She is now an independent consultant and is a founder member of, project manager and board member for, the Diversity Project, an industry-wide initiative to help create a more inclusive culture in the investment industry.   She is also an associate of Leading Figures, a firm specialising in leadership development.

Jane has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the Queen’s College Oxford, an MSc in Economics (with distinction) from the London Business School (now known as an MBA) and an MSc in People and Organisational Development from the University of Sussex (Roffey Park Institute).

Biographies: Panellists

Paola Binns (Modern History and Modern Languages, 1980), Fund Manager, Royal London Asset Management 
Paola is Head of Sterling Credit and responsible for the management of corporate bond portfolios at Royal London Asset Management. The firm have over £150billion of AUM, with around £40billion invested in sterling corporate bonds. She brings some 20 years’ experience in bond markets to RLAM, having joined in August 2007 from Credit Suisse Asset Management where she was responsible for managing sterling credit assets.

Paola has developed a wide range of bond asset classes having held a number of roles specialising in European corporate bonds, government bonds and emerging market debt. 

Rebecca Emerson (Economics, 1992), Partner, Oliver Wyman
Rebecca is a partner at Oliver Wyman in Financial Services.  She advises banks, regulators and large corporates on treasury and wholesale risk management topics in Europe, Asia, Africa and America.  Previously, she was the Head of the UK and Ireland for Oliver Wyman Group from January 2016 until March 2019.  

Before joining Oliver Wyman, she worked in financial services including as Head of Strategy at Invesco Perpetual, as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, as a risk manager at Barclays Capital and as a research economist at the Bank of England.  In addition, she held a post-doctoral position in economics at the London Business School.

Rebecca has been recognised for her outspoken support of LGBT+ colleagues as a Corporate Ally on the 2020 Pride Power List, on the OUTstanding Executive Ally lists for 2018 and 2019 and as a top British Executive Ally 2019.

Rebecca writes on a variety of topics including “Managing Complexity The State of the Financial Services Industry” (Oliver Wyman, 2015), “Fashioning a New Dress Code” (HuffPost, 2017), “Bank Credit Infrastructure is the Weakest Link here are five ways to transform it” (Oliver Wyman, 2020) and   “Covid-19 a stress test of bank regulatory reform:  A proposal for the review of bank capital and liquidity buffers” (Chatham House, 2021) 

Rebecca received an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989, an M.A. from the University of California in 1991 and a D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1994.