November 28, 2009 2:00 am
Angela Burdett-Coutts , who inherited her grandfather Thomas Coutts' fortune to become one of the wealthiest women in England in 1837 (with the requirement that she didn't interfere with the business) provided the example at the Coutts-sponsored Women in the City awards at Plaisterers Hall.
Lady Coutts spent much of her wealth on a wide range of causes. With Charles Dickens, she helped young women to escape prostitution.
Sacha Romanovitch of Grant Thornton was the winner - living up to Lady Coutts's legacy of making a difference. The only female partner on the Grant Thornton national board, she joined the auditor in 1994 and is a qualified yoga teacher, having spent her sabbatical training. She inherits the mantle from Towergate retail chief Amanda Blanc, who famously held a pregnancy test in one hand and a job offer in the other from boss Andy Homer .
Lloyd's Register director Estelle Clark earned the lifetime achievement award. In financial services Citigroup head of FX prime brokerage Janet Thomas was a winner, along with Barbara-Ann King , Barclays Wealth head of investments. Ms King's mentee, Sardinian Giuliana Bruce, was in the crowd.
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