Masthaven launches ‘Emerging Leaders’ programme to support women in the business

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Masthaven has today announced the launch of its ‘Emerging Leaders’ programme which intends to provide tailored support and training for women at the Bank. This latest initiative is aimed at supporting the increasing number of women in managerial positions at the Bank by providing them with the backing and resources needed to continue their career development.
The Bank is delivering the programme in collaboration with WDI Consulting Limited, which specialises in culture change and inclusion, and will see 14 female members of its management team engage in a personalised development programme over a six-month period. The modular online programme is delivered via WDI’s online classroom, weekly coaching sessions and mentoring from women in senior roles at Masthaven.

Currently, women make up nearly half (47%) of staff at Masthaven, holding a third (33%) of all senior management positions and comprising 33% of the Bank’s board. Masthaven has worked hard to improve its gender representation at all levels and has stated its commitment to further increase the number of women in senior positions.
This latest initiative joins Masthaven’s existing ‘Women in Leadership’ programme, which the Bank launched in 2020, in partnership with WDI Consulting. The programme aims to shape leadership strategy and ensure women are represented throughout the business, by providing a support network in the form of a close community of female leaders.

Masthaven recently announced the promotions of Shelley Connelly and Sabahe Mrizag to Director level, two members of the ‘Women in Leadership’ programme.

Tricia Halpin, Chief People Officer at Masthaven, said:
“I’m pleased to be able to celebrate International Women’s Day by launching this latest initiative to support and empower more women at Masthaven. As an organisation, we understand the importance and value of prioritising diversity and inclusion which is why we’ve taken concrete action to support the career development of women across the organisation.

“The last year has of course been dominated by the pandemic, but that has only made it more crucial that we take this opportunity to invest in our people and strengthen our team. Continuing to encourage female talent is both the right thing to do and a key driving factor in our business performance. Our Women in Leadership programme has already proved a successful first step and we’re excited to continue to build on this achievement.”


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About Masthaven Bank
Masthaven launched as a retail Bank in 2016 and offers award-winning saving and lending products. Prior to that, Masthaven Finance has provided a flexible and personalised approach to bridging loans and secured lending since 2004.
Today, the Bank’s knowledgeable and experienced specialists are committed to providing customers with flexible and fixed term savings accounts, bridging loans, development finance and mortgages. 
Masthaven was recognised as 2020’s Most Innovative Digital Retail Bank UK by CFI, the third consecutive win for the category. Masthaven won Best Second Charge Mortgage Lender in the Your Mortgage Awards 2018/19 and Customer Service of the Year in the Money Age Mortgage Awards in 2019. It was also awarded Best Specialist Lender in the Moneynet Personal Finance Awards 2019. 
Masthaven Finance has featured in 2015’s The Sunday Times’ Virgin Fast Track 100 (at number 81) and the Bank ranked 240 in Financial Times’ FT1000 list published in 2017. In 2020 it featured in Forbes as one of the top 10 fastest growing companies in the UK.
The Bank is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority.