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Santander: Inspirational women leaders

Category: Women in Leadership

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On Friday 13th October, Lisa Blakey (Payments Hub Product Manager) and Karen Robson (Head of Third Party Management and Procurement) were announced as inspirational women leaders in MK having been voted the winners in the Science & Technology, and Supply Chain categories respectively. Michelle Pilsworth, Head of Complaints Operations was selected as a finalist in the Emerging Leaders category.


Women Leaders MK is a prestigious awards event that recognises the talents and achievements of women living or working in the Milton Keynes postcode area. The aim of this annual event is to enable women living or working within the Milton Keynes and surrounding area to experience the same empowerment and recognition achieved by the national CBI First Women Award winners.


Speaking of her nomination and success, Lisa said, “I was really excited to be nominated by Paula Sterry for this award, and felt really proud when I made it to the finalist stage.  When I saw the achievements of the other finalists in my category I felt honoured to be part of that group and when on the night, it was my name announced as the winner I was completely blown away!”

Santander’s nominations and attendance at the event was organised by the Women in Business network. Helen Bierton, chair of Women in Business said: “It was a pleasure to help nominate Michelle, Lisa and Karen for these awards and a great privilege to have their successes recognised by the wider Milton Keynes community. I feel very proud to work with such amazing colleagues and delighted for them for this success.”


Reza Attar-Zadeh, Head of Customer Proposition and Experience attended the event to present the Customer Service award which was sponsored by Santander. Reza said of the evening “I am very proud to work for an organisation that celebrates diversity and creates a culture of inclusion. This helps us to be the best bank we can be for our staff and our customers and it was great to celebrate this through our involvement in Women Leaders MK awards”.

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