As the longest serving CEO of a European bank, Virgin Money’s Jayne-Anne Gadhia discusses the inflection points that sparked change in her career, how Sir Richard Branson has served as a source of inspiration and why she has made it a top priority to champion equality and diversity in the finance sector.
On gender equality in business: “I hadn’t really thought about diversity and gender equality driving productivity. But that’s sort of the point. We’ve seen in very small scale that organizations that have balanced gender teams drive better return on equity than those that don’t, for example. So, there’s a very sort of hard reason for doing it, which is one of the reasons that the government asked me to do this.”