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 2018 Rising Star Awards.

Shortlist judges

Duncan McRae

Duncan McRae

Founder of Flying Colours
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Mairi McHaffie

CEO, Scene Change & Coaching Squared
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Paul Sesay

CEO & Founder, National Diversity Awards
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Simone Roche

CEO & Founder, Northern Power Women

Finalist judges

Adam Fidler, Principal and Founder, Adam Fidler Academy

Adam Fidler

Principal and Founder, Adam Fidler Academy
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Adam Stanley

Global CIO and Chief Digital Officer Cushman & Wakefield
Ania Rontaler, Partner (Corporate, London), Simmons & Simmons

Ania Rontaler

Partner (Corporate, London), Simmons & Simmons
Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

Managing Director & Head of Human Resources, UK and Ireland, Société Générale
Bianca Miller

Bianca Miller

Entrepreneur, Speaker & Author, The Be Group & Bianca Miller London
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Caroline Williams

Director, Open Programmes, Said Business School
Catherine Schlieben

Catherine Schlieben

HR Director Group Operations and Talent Acquisition, Worldpay
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Catherine Spencer

Founder, Inspiring Women
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Claire Cockerton

CEO and Founder of Plexal
Claire Harvey

Claire Harvey

CEO, Diversity Role Models
Sam Truelove, Staff Officer Operational Support for the Standing Joint Force Logistics Component

Commander Sam Truelove MBE

Staff Officer Operational Support for the Standing Joint Force Logistics Component, Royal Navy
Diana Kennedy

Diana Kennedy

VP, Strategy, Architecture and Planning, IT&S at BP
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Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani

Head of Data Science, The Institute of Cancer Research

Emma Cusdin

People Director, Aviva Investors
Gay Collins, Founding Partner, Montfort Communications

Gay Collins

Founding Partner, Montfort Communications
Ghela Boskovich

Ghela Boskovich

Founder, FemTechGlobal & Head of Fintech & Regtech, Rainmaking Innovation
Harriet Minter

Harriet Minter

Journalist, ex-Guardian Women in Leadership
Jane Karczewski, Managing Director, HSBC

Jane Karczewski

Managing Director, HSBC
Jonathan Prinn

Jonathan Prinn

Group Head of Broking, Ed Broking LLP
Kate Stephens - Smart works CEO

Kate Stephens

CEO, Smart Works
Katie McEwan, Executive Support Manager to Jacqueline Gold CBE, Ann Summers

Katie McEwan

Executive Support Manager to Jacqueline Gold CBE, Ann Summers
Kevin Cunnington

Kevin Cunnington

Director General, Government Digital Service

Lord Patel

Lord Patel of Bradford
Teacher and Football Coach & Company Director, Swaggarlicious Ltd

Manisha Tailor

Teacher, Football Coach & Company Director, Swaggarlicious Ltd
Melanie Eusebe

Melanie Eusebe

Entrepreneur, Chair and CoFounder, Black British Business Awards
Melanie Seymour

Melanie Seymour

Managing Director, BlackRock
Meryl Folb

Meryl Folb

Head of People and Culture, Plexal
Neil Nutley

Neil Nutley

Commercial Director, Lendlease
Pat Lofthouse

Pat Lofthouse

CEO, Laidlaw Research & Leadership Programme
Paula Clark

Paula Clark

Chief Executive of the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
Paulette Mastin, Counsel, Linklaters LLP

Paulette Mastin

Counsel, Linklaters LLP
Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke

Professor Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke

Bsc, PhD, FMedSci, Queen Mary University of London
Richard Keers, Chief Financial Officer, Schroders

Richard Keer

Chief Financial Officer, Schroders
Sam Smith, CEO, finnCap

Sam Smith

CEO, finnCap
Sarah Baxter

Sarah Baxter

Deputy Editor, The Sunday Times
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Sian Fisher

CEO, Chartered Insurance Institute
Stig Abell

Stig Abell

Editor & Publisher of the Times Literary Supplement
Sue Clayton, Executive Director, CBRE featured

Sue Clayton

Executive Director, CBRE
Tracey Groves Founder and Director Intelligent Ethics

Tracey Groves

Founder and Director Intelligent Ethics
Tracy Jordan, Credit Suisse

Tracy Jordan

Finance Change COO, Credit Suisse
Wing Commander Sarah Maskell MBE, Head of Diversity and Inclusion Royal Air Force

Wing Commander Sarah Maskell MBE

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Royal Air Force

Champion judges


Andy Woodfield

Partner, PwC
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Dame Cilla Snowball

Group CEO and Group Chairman, AMV BBDO
Dr Yvonne Thompson

Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE

Chair- African Caribbean Business Network
Helene Readon-Bond OBE

Helene Reardon-Bond OBE

Freelance Consultant, HRB Consultancy & ex-Deputy Director, Government Equalities Office
India Martin, Founder

India Martin


René Carayol

CEO, The Inspired Leaders Network

Company of the Year judges


Amanda MacKenzie OBE

Chief Executive, Business In The Community

Funke Abimbola MBE

General Counsel & Head of Financial Compliance, Roche UK
Heather Melville

Heather Melville OBE

CCMI, JP Director Strategic Partnerships - Head of Business Inclusion Initiatives, Commercial & Private Banking, RBS
Stephen Frost

Stephen Frost

Principal, Frostincluded

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