MARGARET Cole and Verena Ross lead a quartet of women from the financial regulation sector making their first appearances on the Financial News’ list of 100 most influential women in finance, released today. <br /><br />The pair, both from the Financial Services Authority, are joined by Jane de Lozey from the Serious Fraud Office and Barbara Ridpath from the International Centre for Financial Regulation.<br /><br />The greater presence of regulatory chiefs in this year’s FN 100 Women is part of a changing emphasis for the list. <br /><br />Amanda Staveley appears on the list for her role in persuading Sheik Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to invest £3.5bn into Barclays bank at the time of its recent capital raising and to buy Manchester City football club. <br /><br />Angela Knight, former economic secretary under John Major and now chief executive of the British Bankers’ Association, is also given a place on the list for the first time, after her work championing financial services. <br /><br />Joanne Segars is one of a privileged few to have been on the list for each of the past three years. The chief executive of the National Association of Pension Funds has clashed with the government on several issues over the last year, arguing that the state should be doing more to help the private sector provide pension provision.<br /><br />All of the women on the list work in investment banking, asset management, hedge funds, private equity, wealth management, exchanges, trading, or support services to those sectors. More than a third have been promoted since last year’s list, with 22 now working as chief executives, 25 are heads of department and 33 are either partners or managing directors.