Who was the first British woman bank manager?

HILDA HARDING 1915 – 1998

Hilda Harding went to work at Barclays Bank as a shorthand typist when she was nineteen years old.

She had a steady career at the Bank progressing from ledger clerk in 1939 to becoming the local branch Directors’ secretary in 1941.

She was one of the first women employees to attend Barclays training school in Wimbledon and soon after she was sent to Head Office as a secretary to a senior executive.

After further training in the early 1950s, Hilda became the first British female bank manager when she was appointed to run the new Hanover Square branch of the bank with a staff of six including two women deputy managers.

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