Rising Star Awards nominations | Deadline extended to 25 March 2016

Rising Stars 2016 logoWe have received an amazing array of nominations for this years awards, however a few of you have asked for a little more time to submit your nominations. With this in mind, we are extending the award deadline to Friday 25 March 2016. Please note there will be no further extension passed this revised deadline....

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WATC Top 100 Rising Star Awards | Barclays to host winners’ celebrations

We are proud to announce that Barclays will be hosting the celebration event for winners of WeAreTheCity’s Top 100 Rising Stars awards.

The celebratory event will be held on 30 June 2016 at Barclays, 1 Churchill Square Place, Canary Wharf and will be attended by our 100 winners, judges and sponsors.

During the celebrations, our guests will have the opportunity to network and hear from a number of inspirational speakers, such as Brenda Emmanus, BBC Arts and Culture presenter, and Caroline Dinenage, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice. Guests will be welcomed to Barclays by Sally Clark, Chief Internal Auditor.

Mark McLane - Barclays HeforsheMark McLane, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays said: “I am delighted that Barclays have sponsored WeAreTheCity Top 100 Rising Star Awards and are hosting the finalist event.”

“Women have long played a key role in the success of Barclays, from our female telephonists in the early 1900s to Hilda Harding, whose appointment as the UK’s first female Bank Manager in 1958 showed Barclays recognised talent rather than gender. Right up today where our workforce is 51% female and as a United Nations HeForShe Impact Champion, we have achieved gender parity. In conjunction with WeAreTheCity we are able to shine the spotlight fully on the many great women who are leading and contributing to all sectors of business and society not only in the UK but also across the globe. The finalist event is only the start for those recognised as Rising Stars. These women will truly help shape the future – not only their own careers and the lives of those around them. I encourage each Rising Star to “pay it forward” and support those following in their footsteps.”

Jacqueline-Gold-thumbJacqueline Gold CBE, Chief Executive of Gold Group International, Ann Summers and Knickerbox and supporter of the Rising Star Awards, said: “Congratulations ladies! You should be incredibly proud of this amazing achievement and the recognition it gives to the hard work and dedication you have put into your business. I wish you every success for the future and I am certain that with the passion, energy and enthusiasm you have already shown you will continue to achieve many great things!”

Inga BealeInga Beale, CEO, Lloyd’s said: “Many congratulations to everyone who has been nominated as a Rising Star. Lloyd¹s is delighted to offer its continuing support to WeAreTheCity and in particular the winners of the Rising Stars Insurance category who are such important role models for our industry.”

The Rising Star Awards were introduced to showcase the pipeline of female talent in the UK and to create role models across 20 different industries and professions. The awards focus on celebrating the achievements of women below a management level regardless of age.


Sally Clark

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Sally Clark was appointed Chief Internal Auditor in July 2014. Her role is to run the 650 strong global function as it provides assurance to key stakeholders on the effectiveness of the control environment at Barclays. She is passionate about helping the Bank become Go To through the work it does with the businesses and functions and through the continuous programme of improvement within the function itself. A qualified Executive coach Sally also mentors staff within Barclays and champions Diversity Initiatives across the Bank.

Until February 2014 Sally was the Chief of Administration for BIA. Her responsibilities revolved around Strategy for the function along with Professional Practices including QA, Training and Development, BIA Operations and Communications.

Sally joined Barclays in September 2012, from RBS where she was Head of Operational Risk, Global Banking and Markets.  In her 9 years at RBS, Sally has held various audit roles in Wealth and Corporate Markets along with heading up Audit Strategy, Operations and Development.  Prior to this Sally spent 18 years at JP MorganChase where she became Audit Partner and Co-Head of Investment Banking Audit for EMEA.  Sally graduated from the University of East Anglia with a bachelors in English and Comparative Literature and she holds an MBA from the University of Warwick.  Sally has a track record of success in developing and executing strategy, driving operational excellence and audit delivery. Sally is married to Les, lives in Hertfordshire and has a son, a daughter and two step-daughters.

Caroline Dineage

Caroline Dineage

Caroline Dinenage MP was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Education on 12 May 2015. She was elected Conservative MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head in 2010. Caroline studied Politics and English at Swansea University. Between 1998 and 2003 Caroline served on the City of Winchester local council. She was appointed the Small Business Ambassador for the South by the Prime Minister in June 2013 and between 2012 and 2015 sat on the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee. From April 2014 to May 2015 Caroline served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP. Caroline has more than 20 years of experience as a small business-owner, having established her own manufacturing company before university.

Brenda Emmanus

Brenda onTwitterBrenda’s media career has been long-standing and consistent. Over the years she has extended her professional skills in television broadcasting, radio and print journalism. She is currently BBC London News’ Art, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent.

Brenda’s profile rose as one of the co-presenters on BBC One’s The Clothes Show, which she contributed to for five years. She has since fronted the interior design programme The Terrace, The Midweek National Lottery and features for Holiday – all on BBC One. She was also one of the main presenters on Healthy Holidays and Money Makeovers for Granada and Sky Television.

Brenda is a regular face on ITV’s This Morning, has presented The Early Show live on BBC Radio Two, and is a frequent guest on Radio Five Live and Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. Previously an Arts and Features Editor for The Voice Newspaper, Brenda has also edited a specially commissioned magazine for International Women’s Month. She as also had several short stories published.

The winners of the awards were announced via WeAreTheCity on 6 June 2016 and you can find all of our winners here.

For more detail about the Rising Stars awards, please visit here.

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Liz Freeman

In memory of Lynne Freeman - Rising Stars in Law

Lynne joined Richards Butler in 1997, was made partner in 2003 and equity partner in 2007.

Lynne started life as a construction litigator and took charge of the construction practice within the Real Estate Group growing it into a team of six. Partner, Andrew Jenkinson who had worked with Lynne for 18 years in the Real Estate Group spoke at the memorial service and shared some of his fondest memories of Lynne. He describes her as, “exuberant, witty, astute, loyal to a fault, sometimes thrill seeking, often rebellious, deeply caring and protective, generous and wonderful company and, of course, a very good lawyer.”

Lynne was famed for her personal touch. She had a unique way of personalising our profession and our business and reminding us of the human impact of everything we do. Lynne has had a huge impact on the direction of the firm and particularly our talent development efforts, displaying an accepting, caring, dedicating and nurturing approach to the development of our people which is an excellent example to us all.

After a short illness, Lynne passed away in 2015. To honour the great contribution made to the firm by Lynne, Reed Smith introduced ‘The Lynne Freeman Award for Talent Development’.  The Lynne Freeman Award is presented annually to anyone in the firm whose contribution best exemplifies the characteristics she embodied.

Lynne was also instrumental in supporting WeAreTheCity when the Rising Star awards were first launched back in 2015. To honour her memory and all she did to support women in the workplace, our award for Law is named in her honour.

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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...

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Rising Stars-Announcement

WeAreTheCity is delighted to announce the sponsors of WATC Top 50 Rising Stars Awards for 2015

The Top 50 Rising Star awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. These awards will recognise and celebrate 50 female individual contributors across 10 different industries that represent the leaders & role models of tomorrow.  

We are delighted to announce our sponsors for this years Top 50 Rising Stars are as follows:

Societe Generale, sponsors of Rising Stars in Banking

Societe Generale-logo“At Societe Generale, diversity is integral to how we do business and drive high performance. We are One Team comprised of different cultures, experiences, beliefs and walks of life, which enriches our offering for both our employees and our clients. It is vital that as an industry, we continue to raise the profiles of those who will be future banking thought leaders and pivotal to driving further diversity across our sector. It is our pleasure to support the Rising Stars in Banking Category”

- Ben Higgins, Director – Head of Career Advisory and Recruitment, Societe Generale

Reed Smith, sponsors of Rising Stars in Law

Reed Smith-logo“We are delighted to participate with ‘WeAreTheCity’ in celebrating the rising stars who are an inspiration in our industry. Female role models are essential to improving the gender balance in law firms; by showcasing the talent and success of these young leaders, we increase the opportunities for all women.”

- Tamara Box, Partner, Head of Structured Finance, Reed Smith

Morgan Stanley, sponsors of Rising Stars in Technology

Morgan Stanley-logo“We believe a diverse workforce is a more productive one – it provides a real competitive advantage when individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives, approaches and capabilities come together to achieve a shared goal. Our priority is to attract and develop the most diverse and inclusive workforce as possible and enable an environment that fosters creative and innovative thinking. Now in our third year of partnership with WeAreTheCity, we proudly sponsor this award and hope that the winning individuals continue to inspire a new generation of female technologists”

- Gez Hester, MD, Global Technology, Morgan Stanley 

Lloyd's, sponsors of Rising Stars in Insurance

Lloyds-of-London-logo“Lloyd’s is delighted to sponsor the Insurance category for the WeAreTheCity Awards. Recognising emerging female talent is critical to building a pipeline of top performers for our sector. Insurance needs a more diverse talent pool.  Encouraging women to step forward and progress their careers is essential and Lloyd’s is delighted to be part of such a great initiative”

- Liz Grant OBE Head of Diversity & Inclusion (interim), Lloyd's

Guardian Women in Leadership sponsors of Rising Stars in Media & Journalism

The Guardian-women-in-leadership-logo"Even newspapers with the best gender representation still struggle to achieve better than a 70/30 male to female ratio when it comes to bylines. These stats go across digital and broadcast. The Guardian's Women in Leadership section is dedicated to highlighting the brilliant work of women at all levels and in all sectors but we also want to make sure we lead the way in our own industry. That's why we're pleased to be working with WeAreTheCity on their Rising Star in Media and Journalism Awards. We're looking forward to seeing all the talent they uncover."

- Harriet Minter, editor, Guardian Women in Leadership

Barclays, sponsors of Rising Stars Personal & Exec Assistants

Barclays-logo“We are pleased to sponsor the award for personal and executive assistants which recognises the key role these women play in an organisation. In many ways, the attributes of a good executive assistant mirrors that of a good senior manager. It is important that these roles are viewed as a stepping stone to other senior roles. At Barclays we want to encourage executive assistants who want the opportunity to develop”

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

Twenty Recruitment, sponsors Rising Stars in Recruitment & HR

Twenty-Recruitment-logo“At Twenty Recruitment we have a real passion in ensuring the recruitment sector is one where women can truly thrive. We are doing things differently and are constantly challenging the structural and cultural barriers that have prevented recruitment from being a diverse workforce for so long. This is why we are thrilled to be supporting WeAreTheCity in their award to recognise outstanding woman who are rising to the top of recruitment. It is initiatives like this that are going to leave a real mark and change the sector for the better and for good.”

- Ak Kaur, Director, Twenty Recruitment Group 

Ladbrokes, sponsors of Rising Stars in Sport

Ladbrokes-logo“At Ladbrokes, we recognise the importance of diversity of thought to the success of our business. Passion for sport is at the heart of everything we do, so we need to take the lead in championing female role models and empowering women in an industry that’s typically male-dominated. We’re delighted to support WeAreTheCity in recognising and profiling our industry’s exceptional emerging female talent by sponsoring this award.”

- Sarah Mills-Woods, Head of Learning, Development & Talent

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BNY Mellon & Newton Investment Management, sponsors of Rising Stars in Investment Management

"Newton Investment Management are excited to sponsor the Rising Star Investment Management Award and support WeAreTheCity. We know why gender equality and broader diversity should be an integral part of business strategy.


We also recognize that ‘today’ is important but understand that the ‘tomorrows’ are key to sustaining equality. Focusing on the talent pipeline, developing future female leaders and celebrating their successes are ways in which we can achieve this goal."

  - Helena Morrissey, CEO, Newton Investment Management  

EY, sponsors of Rising Stars in Consulting

E&Y logo"EY are proud to be supporting the Women in Consulting Category for WeAreTheCity’s Top 50 Rising Star Awards. We feel it's time to press the fast forward button and accelerate women’s progression in the workplace. We all have a responsibility to help stoke the flames of change by creating the right environment, where difference is celebrated and employees can be themselves. At EY we invest time and energy in initiatives that are proven accelerants for change, for example, the introduction of family focused flexible working (available to all), giving our people greater choice about where, when and how they work. However, we recognise that women’s advancement is not just a fairness argument; it’s also an economic imperative that creates higher growth, increased prosperity and stronger communities, which is why we established Women Fast Forward, to achieve gender parity sooner.”

  - Tracey Bowen-Lowe, CEO, Financial Services Partner, EY  

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