Tony McVeigh, alumnus of the Diploma in Organisational Leadership at Oxford Saïd won the 2017 Worshipful Company of International Bankers’ Prize.
The award is given annually to the student who produces the best piece of extended written work related to finance, as judged by Oxford Saïd, and McVeigh’s dissertation examined cultural change within the UK banking industry since the global financial crisis. Amongst his findings, McVeigh concluded that although meaningful culture change is occurring in the industry, transforming and sustaining it will take a generation to achieve.
The Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB) is a City of London Livery company that promotes the development of the financial services profession for the benefit of the public, while encouraging high ethical and professional standards.
McVeigh enrolled onto the Diploma after many years as a banker in the City of London. He commented: ‘I selected this programme because the banking sector is in the midst of profound change, characterised by discontinuity following the financial crisis. Leadership is central to the sector's ongoing transformation and this Diploma has equipped me with essential knowledge and skills to tackle the challenges of my new role as a banking consultant.’
‘I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious prize in recognition of my dissertation, which represents the pinnacle of my studies at Saïd Business School. Studying at Oxford was undoubtedly a life changing experience, reflecting the invaluable time spent with my cohort on the Diploma programme and the superb academic team led by my dissertation supervisor and programme director, Professor Sue Dopson.’
Omiros Sarikas, Liveryman of the WCIB, presented McVeigh with a certificate and cheque for £300 during his graduation ceremony on the 28th October at the Sheldonian Theatre. ‘The Worshipful Company of International Bankers highly values our relationship with Saïd Business School,’ he said, ‘Our education and award activities offer a gateway into the WCIB and the City for faculty and students alike. I am very pleased to award the WCIB prize to Tony McVeigh for his dissertation.’