Gillian Edwards

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Words : Indika Madapatha Sellahewa
Photos : Nirmala Dhananjaya
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Senior Vice President Consumer Banking at DFCC Bank PLC, spanning 33 years experience in the banking sector, is working towards driving growth of personal banking and heading Consumer Banking at DFCC Bank Plc. where her responsibilities lie in formulating, facilitating and implementing strategies that would contribute to the growth in market share.

In her 33 year banking career, She’s armed with 15 Years experience in Branch Management heading some of the largest branches in Colombo. I was also instrumental in setting up New Branches and Strategic Business Units as well as turning around loss making Branches and Units. She is the current President of the Leasing Council of Bankers of Sri Lanka. Commencing her career at Duestche Bank AG as a clerk and moving onto Seylan Bank as a Clerk/Banking Assistant, she rose to the position of Assistant General Manager at the time of leaving after 24 years. She’s humbly proud of the fact that she was a pioneer member at Seylan Bank and was part of the team when setting up the Bank.
A Woman at the helm in consumer banking who always believed that she was better at the job than any man. For Gillian, being a woman has never been a barrier, “but when you accept responsibilities you should deliver without excuses. You cannot expect preferential treatment and it’s a level playing field.” is Gillian’s perspective.
Her number of skills aptly portrayed in the Gold Medal awarded by the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka for the highest aggregate marks at the Postgraduate Executive Diploma that she gained. Gillian also comes armed with a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland Australia, a Postgraduate Executive Diploma in Banking from the Institute of Bankers Sri Lanka and is also a member of the Certified Management Accountants, Australia.

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