Kerrine Bryan

Kerrine Bryan | CB&I

 Principal Electrical Engineer / Director & Author | CB&I / Butterfly Books Limited


Kerrine Bryan is an electrical engineer and children’s book author.

She has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 10 years.

In 2014 she was listed by Management Today Magazine and The Sunday Times as one of the UKs top 35 women in business under the age of 35, which highlighted her work as a lead engineer for a large North Sea Offshore oil platform project. She is the 2015 PRECIOUS Award winner for outstanding woman in STEM.

Kerrine is a volunteer mentor for the IET and a STEM Ambassador, with a passion for educating youngsters on what engineering is really about. This led her to set up Butterfly Books, and work with her brother and a close friend to publish children’s educational picture books, including ‘My Mummy is an Engineer’ and My Mummy is a Plumber, which were published in 2015.


 


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Funke Abimbola | Roche UK

General Counsel & Company Secretary | Roche Products Limited | Rising Star Champion


 

A senior leader for Roche, the world’s largest biotech, Funke leads the legal & corporate compliance functions supporting Roche’s pharmaceutical operations (UK, Ireland, Malta and Gibraltar).

She is a multi award winning solicitor and diversity campaigner and has received national and European recognition for her work, speaking regularly at conferences (UK and abroad), to school students (as part of Speakers4Schools) and to University students (as a Professional Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors).  She is a Champion for Women in Law London network (supporting the pipeline of women lawyers) and the First 100 Years Project (a digital library celebrating 100 years of women lawyers). In 2015, she founded Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law, a network supporting the international pipeline of female legal talent within life sciences.

A mentor, sponsor and proud working mother, Funke advises working mothers on achieving life balance. She is passionate about the law, diversity, education and healthcare and a regular media commentator, keen fundraiser for various charities and has twice served as school governor and as a board director.

She was recently admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, recognizing the outstanding contributions she has made to society as a whole.


Stephanie Dare

Stephanie Dare | Clifford Chance

 Immigration Adviser | Clifford Chance LLP


I am an immigration lawyer at Clifford Chance LLP. I qualfied through CILEx which saw me balancing my studies whilst gaining valuable experience in immigration law as a full time paralegal. CILEx is a long route to qualification but the advantage is that your student debt is comparatively lower, and you can focus on your preferred area of specialism in your work based training. I am hugely passionate about law and believe it should be viewed as a career option for anyone, regardless of their back ground. I encourage aspiring lawyers to pursue the CILEx route to qualification on a regular basis, particularly though PRIME which is a social mobility initiative aimed at broadenting access to the legal profession.

In addition to the mental challenge my job provides on a daily basis, I also love a physical challenge and I recently completed the London Marathon and Mens Health Survival of the Fittest.  I also volunteer to cook at serve breakfast to the homeless at Whitechapel Mission in east London.


 


Rising Stars 2016 announcement

WeAreTheCity’s Top 100 Rising Star Awards now open | Nominate now!

WeAreTheCity is delighted to announce that nominations for their 2016 Top 100 Rising Star Awards are now open.  

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Now in their second year, the WATC Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Through these awards we will celebrate 100 individual female contributors that represent the leaders and role models of ‪tomorrow.  We hope that by raising the profile of our short list and winners, we will also encourage organisations to consider how they strengthen the development of their female pipeline in the future.

Recognising that careers for women may follow different timescales, the Top 100 Rising Star awards will not have any age restrictions included within the criteria. WeAreTheCity feels it has a responsibility to ensure that female talent, regardless of age and background, receives the necessary support and skills to transition into key decision-making roles within our organisations.


Nicky Morgan MP“These awards are an incredible celebration of the great achievements women are making in business. We have more women on FTSE boards than ever before, the lowest gender pay gap on record and we’ve been rated the best place in Europe for women to start a business. I am proud of how far we’ve come but we must now build on that momentum so we achieve true gender equality.” – Nicky Morgan, Minister for Equalities

Mark-McLane-Bio image“We are delighted to be the lead sponsor of the Rising Star Awards which recognises the achievements of talented women on their way to the top; the contributions they make to their organisations and society in general.” – Mark McLane, Managing Director, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays PLC


WeAreTheCity will use its extensive reach across the UK & Ireland to find 100 high-achieving women across 20 key industries and professions.

The nominations process opens today, 01 February 2016, for all categories.  A shortlist of 10 women from each industry category will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and will be published towards the end of April. The shortlist will then be open to a public vote. Judging for the final five winners for each category will take place with independent judges during May. The Top 100 Rising Stars will be announced in June and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a prestigious evening reception at Barclays in London to celebrate and collect their awards.

Categories
  • Banking, sponsored by Societe Generale
  • Charity, sponsored by Cancer Research UK, Women of Influence
  • Consultancy, sponsored by EY
  • Defence, sponsored by PA Consulting
  • Diversity, sponsored by AON
  • EA/PA, sponsored by EPAA (Executive and Personal Assistant Association)
  • Education & Academia, sponsored by The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Entrepreneurs, sponsored by Virgin Media Business
  • Facilities Management, sponsored by ISS
  • HR & Recruitment, sponsored by Twenty Recruitment
  • Insurance, sponsored by Lloyd’s
  • Investment Management, sponsored by BNY Mellon and Newton Investment Management
  • Law, The Lynne Freeman Award, sponsored by Reed Smith
  • Media & Journalism, sponsored by Bloomberg
  • Oil & Gas, sponsored by PwC
  • Property Services, sponsored by Kier
  • Public Sector, sponsored by Socitm Advisory
  • Sales, sponsored by WorldPay
  • Sport, sponsored by Pedalsure
  • Technology, sponsored by Morgan Stanley

We are also calling for nominations for our Rising Star Champions. This category recognises the efforts of senior leaders who are actively supporting the female pipeline. This award, sponsored by Oliver Wyman in partnership with UN Women National Committee UK, is open to both male and females who currently hold senior positions within their organisations and who have demonstrated their support for gender either internally or externally. Have you had someone champion you in your career and support you and other women in their jobs? Why not nominate them for a Champion Award to celebrate and say thank you for their support?

Find out more about our sponsors here

Criteria for entries
  • Nominees must be below senior/middle management
  • Nominees must be working within the industry of the category they are nominated for
  • Nominees must be working in the UK or Northern Ireland

Please note our awards are open to women of all ages.

How we define a Rising Star
  • Someone who is making a difference in their industry
  • Someone who demonstrates passion and drive
  • Someone who gives back or inspires others
  • Someone who is recognised by others as having the potential to become a future leader in their industry
The Timeline
  • Nominations open – 01 February
  • Nominations close – 25 March
  • Additional information deadline – 25 March
  • Shortlist judging period – 28 March – 15th April
  • Shortlist announced – 25 April
  • Public voting opens – 25 April
  • Finalist judging period – 25 April – 27 May
  • Shortlist event – 17 May
  • Public voting closes – 27 May
  • Finalists announced – 06 June
  • Winners event – 30 June

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

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Rising Stars 2016 announcement

WeAreTheCity's Top 100 Rising Star Awards now open | Nominate now!

WeAreTheCity are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for their Top 100 Rising Star Awards.

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

Now in their second year, the WATC Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Through these awards we will celebrate 100 individual female contributors that represent the leaders and role models of ‪tomorrow.  We hope that by raising the profile of our short list and winners, we will also encourage organisations to consider how they strengthen the development of their female pipeline in the future.

Recognising that careers for women may follow different timescales, the Top 100 Rising Star awards will not have any age restrictions included within the criteria. WeAreTheCity feels it has a responsibility to ensure that female talent, regardless of age and background, receives the necessary support and skills to transition into key decision-making roles within our organisations.


“We are delighted to be the lead sponsor of the Rising Star Awards which recognises the achievements of talented women on their way to the top; the contributions they make to their organisations and society in general.”

Mark McLane, Managing Director, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays PLC


WeAreTheCity will use its extensive reach across the UK & Ireland to find 100 high-achieving women across 20 key industries and professions.

The nominations process opens today, 01 February 2016, for all categories.  A shortlist of 10 women from each industry category will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and will be published towards the end of April. The shortlist will then be open to a public vote. Judging for the final five winners for each category will take place with independent judges during May. The Top 100 Rising Stars will be announced in June and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a prestigious evening reception at Barclays in London to celebrate and collect their awards.

Categories
  • Banking, sponsored by Societe Generale
  • Charity, sponsored by Cancer Research UK, Women of Influence
  • Consultancy, sponsored by EY
  • Defence, sponsored by PA Consulting
  • Diversity, sponsored by AON
  • EA/PA, sponsored by EPAA (Executive and Personal Assistant Association)
  • Education & Academia, sponsored by The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Entrepreneurs, sponsored by Virgin Media Business
  • Facilities Management, sponsored by ISS
  • HR & Recruitment, sponsored by Twenty Recruitment
  • Insurance, sponsored by Lloyd’s
  • Investment Management, sponsored by BNY Mellon and Newton Investment Management
  • Law, The Lynne Freeman Award, sponsored by Reed Smith
  • Media & Journalism, sponsored by Bloomberg
  • Oil & Gas, sponsored by PwC
  • Property Services, sponsored by Kier
  • Public Sector, sponsored by Socitm Advisory
  • Sales, sponsored by WorldPay
  • Sport, sponsored by Pedalsure
  • Technology, sponsored by Morgan Stanley
Nominate Now

We are also calling for nominations for our Rising Star Champions. This category recognises the efforts of senior leaders who are actively supporting the female pipeline. This award, sponsored by Oliver Wyman in partnership with UN Women National Committee UK, is open to both male and females who currently hold senior positions within their organisations and who have demonstrated their support for gender either internally or externally. Have you had someone champion you in your career and support you and other women in their jobs? Why not nominate them for a Champion Award to celebrate and say thank you for their support?

Nominate a Rising Star Champion

Find out more about our sponsors here

Criteria for entries
  • Nominees must be below senior/middle management
  • Nominees must be working within the industry of the category they are nominated for
  • Nominees must be working in the UK or Northern Ireland

Please note our awards are open to women of all ages.

How we define a Rising Star
  • Someone who is making a difference in their industry
  • Someone who demonstrates passion and drive
  • Someone who gives back or inspires others
  • Someone who is recognised by others as having the potential to become a future leader in their industry
The Timeline
  • Nominations open – 01 February
  • Nominations close – 25 March
  • Additional information deadline - 25 March
  • Shortlist judging period – 28 March – 15th April
  • Shortlist announced – 25 April
  • Public voting opens – 25 April
  • Finalist judging period – 25 April – 27 May
  • Shortlist celebration event at Bloomberg– 17 May
  • Public voting closes – 27 May
  • Finalists announced – 06 June
  • Winners event – 30 June

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Rising Stars 2015 - So what happened next for our winners? | Part Six

In 2015, thanks to the help of a number of amazing supporters and sponsors, WeAreTheCity ran the first of its Rising Star awards programmes. The aim of the awards was to identify 50 future leaders and role models under a management level across 10 different industries. After a staggering amount of nominations and an intensive judging period, we finally arrived at our shortlist and opened the public vote. The public vote resulted in over 15,000 votes from across 112 different countries and galvanized amazing support from our nominees’ networks, their companies, the press, as well as our own sponsors and supporters. After a final judging process, we identified our amazing top 50 winners and celebrated their awards alongside our sponsors, friends and supporters at the House of Commons in September.

First, we speak with Memona Mohammad of BT, who was one of our winners of Rising Stars in Technology, sponsored by Morgan Stanley.

Memona, please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the Rising Star awards back in September?

Memona Mohammad - Rising Star 2015 winnerI was featured on BT’s internal homepage, “BT Today”, in an article that shared some coverage of the award’s celebrations and acted as a thank you to colleagues who supported me, right from the nominations through to voting. It was great to get the encouragement and recognition both internally and externally.

Since the awards, the winners from the Technology category were invited to a celebratory lunch at Morgan Stanley. This was really nice of Morgan Stanley to host us. We were able to meet with other inspirational people from the firm, including Gerard Hester, Mark Looker, Ulla Harker, Harvey Weller, Louise Zenasni, Bo Lu and Katherine Loe. They have reached senior positions and worked in areas such as Foreign Exchange and Emerging Markets Technology, Technology & Data, Operational Support, Institutional and Wealth Management and some have even featured on WeAreTheCity.

Once a month, I am now also mentoring four female students, aged between 15-16 from a school in East Croydon. My aim is to help the students build on their strengths and confidence, stretch their capabilities and pursue their interests whilst learning about the opportunities and options they have when leaving school. As part of the Ethnic Minority Network Mentoring Scheme, I have also started mentoring an apprentice, who is in her second year at BT. It is truly rewarding to give back to others, helping them to think about their achievements, their future and how they can find opportunities that are right for them.

I have also been given the opportunity to take on more responsibility in my current role as an Account Manager, working with additional customers, taking on work from a new contract and being one of the main interfaces from BT. By doing so, I have been helping to build on their IT services, global WAN, ensuring customer satisfaction and innovation. I have also been able to learn more about the portfolio and how BT can help other service providers. I believe that there is no glass ceiling, there is only a mirror and the only thing stopping you from progressing is yourself, so don’t let that be a barrier.

What top tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

• Help others. Whether it’s in the workplace or at events volunteering, when you are helping others you are sharing your experience, advice and knowledge and inspiring others to want to do well. At the same time you are also putting into practice your own skills and building on them. It’s a chance to do some networking, practicing how to present yourself and learning a lot from others around you too.

• Understand how your role fits into the company you work for, where the work comes from and the teams involved in the end-to-end processes. You also get to meet more people this way, building your relationships in the team and your knowledge too. Knowledge is power and I believe it helps to know the detail. You have to be willing to learn and encourage others to do the same.

• Really listen to other people and anyone you meet. Be open-minded and learn about their journey; listen to their stories, advice and decisions in life.

Next, we talk to Sarah Gerken of Willis, one of our winners of our Insurance Rising Stars category, which was sponsored by Lloyds.

Sarah, what has happened since winning your Rising Star award in September?

Sarah Gerken - Rising Star 2015 winnerSince winning the Rising Stars in Insurance Award, I have been promoted to the role of Account Director, something that usually takes a number of years to achieve. In this new role, I am responsible for the insurance and risk management of a rapidly expanding pharmaceutical company. My work to date has received special praise from the company’s CFO, Risk Manager and Company Secretary. I have also been invited to talk to graduates who joined the company in 2015 and mentor younger insurance professionals. Finally, an article dedicated to my success was published on the company’s intranet site.

So what top tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

• Set yourself short (6 month) and longer term (2-3 year) goals. Write down how you plan to achieve those goals to avoid career stagnation. These have to be flexible enough so that any opportunities can be seized. The longer-term goals should include your next promotion/role.

• Seek out mentors. I have a mix of mentors whose careers I aspire to and/or who have been successful in their chosen field. Regular mentor meetings help ensure that you are on track with your goals and help to facilitate your progression through networking suggestions, introductions and advice.

• Continual learning. Always challenge yourself to learn new skills. Companies are often willing to invest in their staff. Therefore do not be afraid to push to be sent on training and development courses.

Finally, we talk to Debbie Grimshaw of Brother UK, one of our EA/PA category winners of 2015 Rising Stars, which was sponsored by Barclays.

Debbie, what has happened since winning your Rising Star award in September?

debbie grimshaw - Rising Star 2015 winnerWinning the award has raised my profile greatly in the EA/PA world and my network has extended beyond Manchester and the UK - I am now connected with EAs/PAs all over the world.

I have been featured on our company Twitter feed, our internal social media platform Yammer, through Manchester PA Network and I have written some PA magazine articles.

Following the award I was asked to contribute to Exceptional EA showcases, Real Careers, in which administrators from around the globe generously share the benefit of their experience by means of an interview. This has reached administrators in all corners of the world and in various industries.

I was extended an invitation to do my very first speaking event with EUMA at their regional training day in Manchester. It was an honour to be interviewed by Sheila Anderson, Founder of EUMA North West about my career and in particular my recent Rising Star award.

Then came the amazing offer from Victoria Darragh to sit on the board of the new EPAA, launching in January 2016 as a Non-Executive Director. I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to join the line-up of inspiring assistants that make up the board for this new and much needed professional association.

Last but certainly not least I was nominated for a Manchester PA Network Ambassador award in the inaugural Manchester PA of the Year Awards held in November 2015. I did not win in my nominated category, but I was stunned and absolutely speechless to receive the overall Manchester PA of the Year Award 2015.

Before winning the Rising Star award nobody really knew Debbie Grimshaw. Since then though, I’ve built my personal brand, had a platform in which to share experience and knowledge, pushed outside of my comfort zone speaking in public, won an award which will go down in history as the first ever Manchester PA of the Year and am now very excited to give back to the EA/PA community by joining the EPAA Board in 2016.

What top tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

On the train down to the shortlist event at Bloomberg headquarters, I was questioning myself as to why I had ended up on a shortlist alongside other PAs who I felt already had huge profiles and were so well established in the EA/PA community. Having met those other PAs, listened to Vanessa Vallely speaking and after chatting with others about their nominations, I came away with a completely different mind-set. Yes I have worked hard, I have come a long way from the days of starting out as a receptionist/secretary, I am inspiring others and I did deserve to be there on that shortlist. So thank you WATC you have taught me to believe in myself.

My 3 top tips are:
• Find yourself a mentor. Having the right people to advise and support you should be part of your development strategy and never stay in a role where you can’t be heard, contribute or learn. Continue to invest in your personal development to open doors to broader responsibilities.

• Network online and in person. There is a huge amount of low cost or free training on offer, delivered by some really inspirational people. My career has grown, doors have opened and opportunities have come about, just by being connected with those people I have met at networking events. I now have the Google of Manchester at my fingertips…there's not a question you can put to the network that someone won't come back on with help, suggestions or even a solution for you.

• Give back and support others. Not only does it help them, but it’s great for your own personal development too. Whilst awards are wonderful to receive, my greatest reward will be to see someone else reach this achievement and know that sharing my knowledge and experience has helped them on their journey to success. At Brother UK, one of our values is to ‘grow ourselves by growing others’ and I truly get so much out of doing just that!

WeAreTheCity would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of our Rising Stars for sharing their successes with us. We are sure you will agree that they are all achieving amazing things and offering sound advice to future Rising Stars.

We look forward to featuring more of our Rising Stars next week. Please note our Rising Star programme for 2016 opens on 1st February 2016. More details will be posted to the site during January – click here for more information and to register your interest in our awards


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One week to go - who will you nominate? | WeAreTheCity's Top 100 Rising Star Awards

Last year, through our Rising Star awards WeAreTheCity highlighted the achievements of 50 future leaders and role models across 10 different industries and professions. We are proud to announce that our 2015 winners have gone on to achieve phenomenal success over the past six months. You can read about some of our previous winners achievements here.

Due to the success of the 2015 awards, WeAreTheCity is seeking to recognise the achievements of a further 100 role models and future female leaders in 2016, however we cannot do this without your nominations!

"I am pleased to announce that since receiving my award I have been given a double promotion! I will shortly be moving from my existing role in Learning and Development to a new role where I will now be coaching senior leaders of the bank and leading a team of 3-4 people.” - Lucy Booker, RBS – WATC 2015 Rising Star in Banking

If you know an amazing woman who is operating below a senior/middle management level who deserves recognition, then please consider nominating her for WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star awards. You can nominate between 01 February and 25 March.

In order to prepare your nomination, we suggest you read the following guidance.

Rising Stars - Multi diverse women smilingOur criteria for entry is:
  • Nominees must be below senior/middle management
  • Nominees must be working within the industry of the category they are nominated for
  • Nominees must be working in the UK or Northern Ireland

Please note our awards are open to women of all ages.

Here is what the judges are looking for in a Rising Star:
  • Someone who is a champion of women in their business or sector
  • Someone who strives to achieve success and results
  • Someone who gives back or inspires others
  • Someone who is recognised by others as having the potential to become a future leader in their industry
Rising Star categories:
Banking, sponsored by Societe Generale Charity, sponsored by Cancer Research UK, Women of Influence
Consultancy, sponsored by EY Defence, sponsored by PA Consulting
Diversity, sponsored by AON EA/PA, sponsored by EPAA (Executive and Personal Assistant Association)
Education & Academia, sponsored by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Entrepreneurs, sponsored by Virgin Media Business
Facilities Management, sponsored by ISS HR & Recruitment, sponsored by Twenty Recruitment
Insurance, sponsored by Lloyd’s Investment Management, sponsored by Newton Investment Management
Law, The Lynne Freeman Award, sponsored by Reed Smith Media & Journalism, sponsored by Bloomberg
Oil & Gas, sponsored by PwC Property Services, sponsored by Kier
Public Sector, sponsored by Socitm Advisory Sales, sponsored by WorldPay
Sport, sponsored by PedalSure Technology, sponsored by Morgan Stanley
Rising Star Champions, sponsored by Oliver Wyman in partnership with UN Women National Committee UK
Our Rising Star nomination questions:
  • Please provide specific examples of this individual's achievements in her day job (100 words or less)
  • Please tell us why you believe this individual is a role model in her industry and should be named as a WeAreTheCity Top 50 Rising Star. (200 words or less)
  • Please detail how this individual is helping others (eg mentoring/charity work/internal or external networks/school activities (100 words or less)
  • Please provide three words that sum up this individual. (eg inspirational, motivational, infectious etc)
  • Please detail any other awards this individual has received or notable educational achievements (If known) (100 words or less)
  • If your nominee was named as a Rising Star 2016, how do you think she would leverage this award to encourage others? (100 words or less)
 Our advice for those nominating
  • Ensure you have the relevant contact details for your nominee (email address/full name/job title/company etc)
  • Prior to nominating, ensure you are aware of their achievements both in relation to their work and external activities
  • Ensure you include key details and try to quantify/qualify your statements with outcomes/how the individual went above and beyond/their impact or contribution to a wider project
  • Be clear and concise - you only have a limited amount of words to answer each question
  • Ensure that you have enough time to complete the nomination to the best of your ability. There is not an option to save the nomination as you populate the fields and WeAreTheCity is unable to process incomplete entries

We are also calling for nominations for our Rising Star Champions. This category recognises the efforts of senior leaders who are actively supporting the female pipeline. This award, sponsored by Oliver Wyman, is open to both male and females who currently hold senior positions within their organisations and who have demonstrated their support for gender either internally or externally. Do you know a senior individual who is going above and beyond to champion women? If so, please consider nominating them for our Rising Star Champion awards via the Rising Star website on 01 February 2016.

"Since the awards I have won the Sky Sports Inspirational Helen Rollanson Sportswoman Award 2015, which was broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky 1 I also received a personal message from David Beckham!” - Annie Zaidi, Leicester City Football Club – WATC 2015 Rising Star in Sport

 

NOMINATE NOW

 

Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions or email the team at [email protected].

To check the terms and conditions of the awards, please visit here.

For more information on the timeline for the awards, please visit here .

 


Rising Stars 2016 announcement

WeAreTheCity – Proud to introduce our Rising Star Judges for 2016

Judging the Rising star awards is no easy task. Several of the judges from last years awards stated it was one of the hardest judging activities they have ever undertaken due to the amazing achievements of the women who were nominated. We expect this year will be no different!.

For our 2016 Rising Star awards, we are leveraging the extensive experience and industry knowledge of 21 amazing judges. Each judge has been carefully selected for their expertise in a particular field or their breadth of knowledge across the business landscape.

We are also proud to welcome back six of our 2015 judges, Heather Melville, RBS, Simone Roche, Northern Power Women, Sarah Boddey, AIG, Paul Sesay, The National Diversity Awards, Duncan McRae, Flying Colours Marketing and Jo Gaglani who leads WeAreTheCity in India.

We are also honoured to introduce 17 new judges for this years awards from African Caribbean Business Network, Baringa, BlackRock, CBRE, Coaching Squared, Cisco, Diawa Capital Markets, Executive Secretary, The Equalities Office, Guardian Women in Leadership, Money & Co, The Royal Navy, Rosa Fund for Women, Shell, Sodexo, Women in Technology & The Be Group.

On behalf of WeAreTheCity, our sponsors and future nominees we would like to sincerely thank all of our judges for their dedication to female pipeline and for donating their valuable time to judge the Rising Star awards in 2016.

Our Rising Star awards are the only awards of their kind to focus solely on the pipeline of female talent below a management level. The aim of the 2016 awards is to recognise and celebrate 100 female role models and individual contributors across 20 different industries who represent the future leaders of tomorrow.

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Rising Stars 2016 announcement

Announcing WeAreTheCity's Top 100 Rising Star Awards 2016

"Shining a spotlight on the female talent pipeline"

Now in their second year, the WATC Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Through these awards we will celebrate 100 individual female contributors that represent the leaders and role models of ‪tomorrow.  We hope that by raising the profile of our short list and winners, we will also encourage organisations to consider how they strengthen the development of their female pipeline in the future.

This year we are also pleased to announce a new category to our awards, Rising Star Champions, which recognises the efforts of senior leaders, male and female, who are actively supporting the female pipeline outside of their corporate responsibilities.


Vanessa Vallely, founder and CEO of WeAreTheCity, said: "The focus on increasing the number of women on boards in the UK over the past few years has been incredibly successful. We now need to focus on helping to highlight women who will be future managers and directors within our organisations.

"The UK has an abundance of female talent of all ages but we need to give these women the chance to shine. Given the success of the Rising Star awards in 2015 and the ongoing achievements of our winners, we decided to double the amount of awards winners from 50 to 100 and extend our reach across 20 industries. Expanding the awards in the UK and subsequently into India later in 2016 is all part of WeAreTheCity’s strategic objective of highlighting the achievements of 500 pipeline women over the next five years."


Recognising that careers for women may follow different timescales, the Top 100 Rising Star awards will not have any age restrictions included within the criteria. WeAreTheCity feels it has a responsibility to ensure that female talent, regardless of age and background, receives the necessary support and skills to transition into key decision-making roles within our organisations.

WeAreTheCity will use its extensive reach across the UK and Ireland to find 100 high-achieving women across 20 key industries and professions.


“The need for more women in senior leadership roles is widely recognised. At Barclays, we want to go further – we believe in cultivating a pipeline of female talent across all levels of the organisation, from the executive assistant right through to the boardroom. These awards recognise the considerable achievements of talented women and our sponsorship reflects our commitment to support the women that come through our ranks to stay until leadership.” – Mark McLane, Managing Director, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays PLC.


The WATC awards will be officially launched ‪on 01 February 2016 and are sponsored by Barclays and supported by leading organisations including AON, Bloomberg, Cancer Research UK (Women of Influence), The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Executive and Personal Assistants Association, EY, Keir, Lloyd’s, ISS, Morgan Stanley, Newton Investment Management, Oliver Wyman in partnership with UN Women National Committee UK, PA Consulting, PedalSure, PwC, Reed Smith, Societe Generale, Twenty Recruitment, Virgin Media Business and Worldpay.

The nominations process opens ‪on 01 February 2016 for all categories and will take place online at risingstars.wearethecity.com. A shortlist of 10 women from each industry category chosen by an esteemed panel of judges will be published towards the end of April. The shortlist will then be open to a public vote.

Final judging will take place throughout May when our judges will choose the final 10 winners from each of the 10 categories. The results of the public vote will also be factored into the final scores. The top 10 rising stars will be announced in June and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a prestigious evening reception at Barclays in London to celebrate and collect their awards.

Categories – Rising Stars in:
Banking, sponsored by Societe Generale Charity, sponsored by Cancer Research UK, Women of Influence
Consultancy, sponsored by EY Defence, sponsored by PA Consulting
Diversity, sponsored by AON EA/PA, sponsored by EPAA (Executive and Personal Assistant Association)
Education & Academia, sponsored by University of Chicago Booth School of Business Entrepreneurs, sponsored by Virgin Media Business
Facilities Management, sponsored by ISS HR & Recruitment, sponsored by Twenty Recruitment
Insurance, sponsored by Lloyd’s Investment Management, sponsored by Newton Investment Management
Law, The Lynne Freeman Award, sponsored by Reed Smith Media & Journalism, sponsored by Bloomberg
Oil & Gas, sponsored by PwC Property Services, sponsored by Kier
Public Sector, sponsored by Socitm Advisory  Sales, sponsored by WorldPay
Sport, sponsored by PedalSure Technology, sponsored by Morgan Stanley
Rising Star Champions, sponsored by Oliver Wyman in partnership with UN Women National Committee UK
Criteria for entries
  • Open to all women regardless of age
  • Nominees must be below senior/middle management
  • Nominees must be working within the industry of the category they are nominated for
  • Nominees must be working in the UK or Northern Ireland
  • Individuals can nominate themselves
How we define a rising star
  • Someone who is a champion of women in their business or sector
  • Someone who strives to achieve success and results
  • Someone who gives back or inspires others
  • Someone who is recognised by others as having the potential to become a future leader in their industry
The Process
  • ‪01 February: Nominations open for all categories
  • ‪25 March: Nominations close for all categories
  • 25 March: Additional information deadline
  • ‪25 April: Top 10 shortlist from each category announced/public voting opens for all shortlisted nominees
  • 17 May: Shortlist celebration event at Bloomberg
  • ‪27 May: Public voting closes for all shortlisted nominees
  • ‪06 June: Top 5 Rising Stars for each category announced
  • ‪30 June: Top 100 Rising Stars drinks reception and awards for winners, guests and sponsors at Barclays
Nominations are now open

For all enquires please visit, risingstars.wearethecity.com

Or email [email protected]


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Rising Stars 2015 - So what happened next for our winners? | Part Five

In 2015, thanks to the help of a number of amazing supporters and sponsors, WeAreTheCity ran the first of its Rising Star awards programmes. The aim of the awards was to identify 50 future leaders and role models under a management level across 10 different industries. After a staggering amount of nominations and an intensive judging period, we finally arrived at our shortlist and opened the public vote. The public vote resulted in over 15,000 votes from across 112 different countries and galvanized amazing support from our nominees’ networks, their companies, the press, as well as our own sponsors and supporters. After a final judging process, we identified our amazing top 50 winners and celebrated their awards alongside our sponsors, friends and supporters at the House of Commons in September.

Angela CookeFirst, we speak with Angela Cooke of PwC , who was one of our winners of Rising Stars in HR, sponsored by Twenty Recuruitment.

Angela, please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the Rising Star awards back in September?  

A lot has happened for me since winning the Rising Stars awards. First of all, it was announced within PwC’s HR department and across the organisation.

I have also been up to lots of great stuff - I have led the launch of Back to Business, PwC’s return to work programme for women who have been out of the workplace for more than two years. This has resulted in significant press coverage externally and has resulted in raising my profile; internally within the firm at a board level and externally through other organisations, particularly as PwC is only one of nine other organisations to launch such a programme.

What top tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?
  • Network, network, network!!
  • Get a sponsor. I was put forward for this award because I had fantastic sponsorship from Andy Woodfield. His support, along with WeAreTheCity, has been incredible. Thank you so much.

Donna OlliverNext, we talk to Donna Olliver of KPMG, one of our winners of our EA/PA Rising Stars category, which was sponsored by Barclays.

Donna, what has happened since winning your Rising Star award in September?

Since the awards, both Caroline Renouf and I were covered within the Guernsey Press. I was asked to write an article for Real Careers: Exceptional EA. I’m still mentoring in the office and Caroline and I are thinking on how we can give back next year. I think winning the award has given me more confidence.

So what top tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?
  •  Don’t be afraid to ask for training. The world is changing so fast that if you don’t keep up, you will be left behind.
  • Have a mentor, it doesn’t matter if you are new to the role or if you have been in it for years. There are still things that you can learn from others.
  • Join a PA network. It gives you a chance to meet fellow PA’s in your area and you can learn, network and support each other. It’s a great thing to be part of.

WeAreTheCity would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of our Rising Stars for sharing their successes with us. We are sure you will agree that they are all achieving amazing things and offering sound advice to future Rising Stars.

We look forward to featuring more of our rising stars next week. Please note our Rising Star programme for 2016 opens on 1st February 2016. More details will be posted to the site during January – click here for more information and to register your interest in our awards