Gold Medal Award

Celebrating the outstanding achievements of our Gold Medal Winner

little gold cup , concept for winning or success

What is the Gold Medal Award?

The Gold Medal has been awarded since 1980 and is the award given by CMI for the recognition of outstanding management and leadership from an individual at the pinnacle of their career. Each year, our Gold Medal Award is given to an individual who has gone above and beyond within Management and Leadership.

The Gold Medal Award entrants are nominated by the Chartered Management Institute's Board of Companions, and represents the ultimate award for Managers and Leaders.

Gold Medal Award Winner 2021

Alison Rose CMgr CCMI

Alison is Chief Executive of NatWest Group plc having worked at the bank for more than 27 years. She joined as a graduate and was most recently Deputy CEO of NatWest Holdings and CEO of RBS’s Commercial & Private Banking business. Alison sits on the Board of Directors for the Institute of International Finance and is a member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum. She is also a Trustee of Business in the Community (BITC) and Chairs the Scottish BITC Advisory Board. Alison is a Non-Executive Director of Great Portland Estates plc and sits on the board of the Coutts Charitable Foundation.

Alison Rose
Alison Rose CMgr CCMI
Headshot of David Roberts CBE, winner of the 2020 Gold Medal Award
David Roberts CBE CMgr CCMI

Previous Winners: Our 2020 Winner

The Gold Medal Award 2020 is presented to David Roberts CBE, Chairman of Nationwide Building Society who has over 30 years experience in senior leadership roles at board and executive level in retail and banking in the UK and internationally.

David crafted his career while at Barclays and during his 23 years became known for his ability to manage large scale complex projects, his capacity to drive real and sustainable culture change and his focus on the customer. He held a wide range of senior management positions including Chief Executive, International Retail and Commercial Banking; CEO Private Clients International; CEO, Personal Financial Services, and CEO Business Banking, charged with all of Barclays' SME business across Europe and the UK.

Today David has a number of professional roles; he is the Deputy Chairman of NHS England and a Non-Executive Director at Campion Willcocks. David was awarded the CBE in the 2019 Queen's Birthday honours list for services to financial services and to the NHS.