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Lender is first in Northern Ireland to sign pledge for more women

Published 19/07/2016

Progressive's chief executive Darina Armstrong
Progressive's chief executive Darina Armstrong

Progressive Building Society has become the first Northern Ireland firm to sign up to a government pledge to improve gender balance in financial services.

The lender has joined the Women in Finance Charter, working with HM Treasury and 70 other UK financial services firms to promote a more balanced industry.

It is the first Northern Ireland lender to join the Charter.

Progressive's chief executive Darina Armstrong said: "We firmly believe in maintaining a healthy gender balance at all levels throughout the society, which not only offers many benefits to our members, but also strengthens the society's workplace culture of diversity and inclusiveness."

Among other aims, the Charter commits firms to supporting the progression of women into senior roles in financial services. The firms who have signed up include retail banks and two of the UK's biggest insurance companies.

Harriett Baldwin, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, said: "By signing the Charter, firms are committing to driving change at the senior levels of the male-dominated financial services industry."

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