Dame Helena Morrissey and Financial Conduct Authority boss Andrew Bailey have been named as being in the race for the top City job as Bank of England governor.
Morrissey, pictured above - who could become Threadneedle Street's first female head - could be a popular choice among many to replace outgoing governor Mark Carney next year, given her standing in the City.
The news, as first reported by the Mail on Sunday, sees Morrissey on a shortlist of candidates being considered alongside
several other well-known City executives, including FCA boss Bailey, pictured below left, and deputy BoE governor Jon Cunliffe.
The £480,000 post at the BoE, which has been advertised by the Treasury since April, involves chairing the Monetary Policy Committee which sets interest rates.
The news of the the shortlist has emerged as it is expected that the highly-anticipated appointment of a new governor could now be delayed until after a general election.
Morrissey, a mother of nine is currently head of personal investing at Legal & General.
She launched the 30% Club in 2010, which campaigns for more representation of women on FTSE 100 boards, with a minimum target rate of 30%.