Tara Kengla

Partner, EMEIA Financial Services, Ernst & Young

Tara has been with EY for over 22 years in serving clients in the banking and capital markets industries in the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Canada. She has led a range of audit and advisory engagements for several major financial institutions. Her areas of focus are accounting, financial and regulatory reporting, transactions and audit transition. She built and led a finance, accounting and reporting advisory practice across Europe to over 400 professionals.

As part of the leadership team of Ernst & Young’s UK Financial Services Practice she served as the Diversity & Inclusiveness Leader driving many initiatives to increase the gender balance in the business and enhance the career opportunities for women of all levels in the firm. Being a board member for LWF gives her a great opportunity to connect and support women in the wider financial services environment and focus on the challenges at the most senior level.

Tara was born in New York but for most of her professional career she has worked abroad. She enjoys precious time away from the office either at the gym or skiing.

How has the position of women in financial services changed since your first job?

They are many more of them and they have more of their own personalities. When I first started work all the women seemed to try to act like the men they were working with.