Women in Governance Risk & Compliance Forum


Championing women in GRC industries

27th April 2023


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The Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Awards honour female leaders and companies demonstrating excellence across GRC.

These Awards showcase the role models, advocates and mentors, as well as the inspirational women and companies building and leading in the world of GRC.

The Awards will unite the whole GRC ecosystem – those who make it their business to inspire females working within the sector across the globe.

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Previous winners include:


BNY Mellon




Tayo Oyinlola

Award categories

  • CEO

    CEO of the Year


    According to the Catalyst, Women CEOs of the S&P 500 list from January 2021, women currently hold 30 (6.0%) of CEO positions at those S&P 500 companies.

  • chief privacy

    Chief Compliance Officer of the Year


    2020 research from Zippia shows that in the US, the average employee age for chief compliance officers was 45 years, and the chief compliance officer workforce reached 62,404! Of these workers, the research shows that only 33.6% of them were women, while 62.0% were men…

  • Chief compliance

    Chief Privacy Officer of the Year


    The 2015 IAPP Salary Survey shows that in privacy and data governance, women occupy similarly senior positions and earn roughly as much as men

  • Chief risk

    Chief Risk Officer of the Year


    Research from Oliver Wyman shows that women make up 19% of risk and actuarial professionals on financial services companies’ executive committees, and there is still room for improvement…

  • Chief technology

    Chief Technology Officer of the Year


    At present, women make up just 17% of IT specialists in the UK, and the Chief Technology Officer of the Year Award will be given to a female technology leader who is working to change these statistics and the face of this sector…

  • esg

    ESG Officer of the Year


    Research shows that as of 2020, the value of global assets applying environmental, social and governance data to drive investment decisions has almost doubled over four years, and more than tripled over eight years, to $40.5 trillion.

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Frequently asked questions

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What is the entry criteria?

All entry criteria will be outlined within the category description on the entry system.

How much does it cost to enter?

Absolutely nothing!

The Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Awards are completely free to enter, and you're free to enter as many categories as you like!

What is the entry deadline?

Entries for 2022 are now OPEN!

The deadline is 31/08/2022

Can I save my entry?

Yes! Our entry platform allows you to save your application and come back to it before submitting.

Can I enter more than one category?

Providing you meet the criteria for each category, yes! You're free to enter as many as you like.

The easiest way to do this is to copy your first entry from the My Entries dashboard. You'll probably need to tailor your content to the new category, but it will fill most of the application for you.

What are supporting documents?

The supporting documents are not a compulsory part of the application. It won't count against you if you do not include any, but they can help to illuminate your entry.

Supporting documents could be testimonials, examples of press coverage, explainer videos, or impact reports, for example.

Can I alter my application after submitting?

Yes, you can make changes to your application after submitting right up until the entry deadline.

How are the winners chosen?

Following the shortlisting process (which is done internally by our editorial team), the successfully shortlisted applications will be handed over to our judging panel.

The Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Awards judging panel has supporters from multiple sectors, with each of our judges allocated to categories that match their areas of expertise.

Entries will be judged based on the answers provided within the application form, The judges will mark each question and give a rating out of 10, along with comments to justify their scoring.

As with any judging process, there is an element of subjectivity around judging, so applicants should aim to provide as much information as possible.

Judges will review applications independently.

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