Meet the Judges

We our proud to announce the judges for WeAreTheCity’s Top 100 Rising Stars. All of our judges have been carefully selected based on their industry experience and their passion to inspire future role models.

On behalf of WeAreTheCity, our sponsors and nominees we would like to sincerely thank all of our judges for donating their time to judge the 2017 Rising Star Awards.

Shortlist Judges

Simone Roche
CEO & Founder, Northern Power Women
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Paul Sesay
CEO & Founder, National Diversity Awards
Mairi McHaffie
CEO, Scene Change & Coaching Squared

Finalist Judges

Lara Morgan
Serial Entrepreneur and Investor
Emma Cusdin
People Director, Aviva Investors
Robert Thesiger
Rob Thesiger
CEO, The FISER Group
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Birgit Neu
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, HSBC
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Angela Owen
Senior Advisor to PA Consulting on Women in Defence
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Kate Russell
BBC Click, Journalist, Tech Reporter & Author
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Miranda Brawn
Director, Legal & Transaction Management, Daiwa; Founder & CEO of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation
Heather Melville
Director for Strategic Partnerships & Head of Business Inclusion Initiatives, RBS
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Dr Rita Sousa-Nunes
Group Leader (Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellow)
Maggie Berry
Executive Director for Europe, WEConnect International
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Dr Sue Black OBE
Author of Saving Bletchley Park & Government Digital Services Advisor
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Justine Lutterodt
Director, Centre for Synchronous Leadership
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Kate Nash OBE
Founder, Purple Space
Sian Fisher
Sian Fisher
CEO, Chartered Insurance Institute
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James Taylor
CEO, Healthcare UK & Ireland, Sodexo
Victoria Darragh
Victoria Darragh
Founder, Executive & Personal Assistants Association
Lucy Homer
Lucy Homer
Executive General Manager, Design+Technical - Europe
Catherine Spencer
Catherine Spencer
Former England Women’s Rugby Captain & founder of Inspiring Women
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Andy Woodfield
Partner, PwC
Kate Stephens
CEO, Smart Works

Rising Star Champion Judges

Baroness Mary Goudie
Baroness Mary Goudie
Member of the British House of Lords
Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE
Chair: African Caribbean Business Network
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Funke Abimbola
General Counsel & Head of Financial Compliance, Roche UK
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Eleanor Mills
Editorial Director, The Sunday Times; Editor, Sunday Times Magazine; & Chair, Women in Journalism

Company of the Year Award Judges

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Stig Abell
Editor/Publisher, The Times Literary Supplement
Jane Hill
Presenter, BBC
Sophie Walker
Leader, Women's Equality Party
Helene Readon-Bond OBE
Helene Reardon-Bond OBE
Deputy Director, Government Equalities Office

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