Jayne-Anne Gadhia

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Jayne-Anne Gadhia
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Born (1961-10-19) 19 October 1961 (age 58)
EducationCulford School
Alma materRoyal Holloway, University of London
Known forCEO of Virgin Money UK

Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia DBE, FRSE (born 19 October 1961) is a British businesswoman. She is the CEO of Salesforce UKI and the Founder and Chair of the start-up Snoop. Jayne-Anne was the CEO of Virgin Money from 2007 to 2018 and is considered one of the financial services industry's most senior and best-known women.

Early life[edit]

Gadhia was born in Stourbridge,[1] West Midlands, and educated at Culford School, Bury St Edmunds, followed by Royal Holloway, University of London where she graduated with a BA in History.


From 1982 Gadhia trained in accountancy with Ernst & Young. After becoming a Chartered Accountant, she spent six years at Norwich Union (now Aviva) before becoming one of the founders of Virgin Direct in 1995. Three years later, she set up the Virgin One account, which was acquired by The Royal Bank of Scotland in 2001. After five years at RBS she returned to Virgin as CEO of Virgin Money in 2007 until its sale in 2018.[2]

In 2015, the Government asked Gadhia to lead a review into the representation of women in senior managerial roles in financial services. Empowering Productivity: Harnessing the talents of women in financial services was published in March 2016.[3] In response to the recommendations in that review, HM Treasury launched the Women in Finance Charter. There are now over 330 firms of all shapes and sizes across financial services signed up to the commitments of the Charter – from global banks to credit unions, the largest insurance companies to the smallest fintech start-ups – with headquarters in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia.

Gadhia is a trustee of Business in the Community and the Tate Gallery.[4]


Gadhia is an advocate for gender diversity in business.[5] In November 2016, she was appointed as the UK Government’s Women in Finance Champion, and in July 2017 she became a founder member of its Business Diversity and Inclusion Group.

She has also been open about her experiences of depression, and believes that better work-life balance can improve work performance.[6]


In 2018 Gadhia was named Leader of the Year at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. She was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh[7].

She was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours [8] and made a Dame in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list.


  1. ^ Becky Barrow, "New Northern Rock chief Jayne-Anne Gadhia is not your typical bank boss", thisismoney.co.uk, 18 November 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  2. ^ Jayne-Anne Gadhia profile, Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  3. ^ Marion Dakers,"Banks have another crack at talking about women", Daily Telegraph, 22 March 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  4. ^ Upex, Angela (2017-09-27). "Most Influential 2017: Here's the list of movers and shakers from E to G". nechronicle. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  5. ^ "The CEO of Virgin Money has demanded greater action to achieve gender equality in business". The Independent. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  6. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/business-39627130
  7. ^ "Mrs Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE FRSE - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  8. ^ "Jayne-Anne Gadhia talks gender equality, diversity & flexible working at the Women in Finance Summit". We Are The City. Retrieved 19 August 2017.