Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment 2016

WeAreTheCity are proud to announce the winners of their Top 100 Rising Star awards. The Rising Star awards were introduced to showcase the UK pipeline of female talent below management and to create female 100 role models across 20 different industries and professions. The awards also included a new category in 2016 which celebrates the efforts of senior individuals who champion gender equality both within and outside of their organisations.

The awards were entered by 850 individuals were judged by a panel of 21 independent judges. Over 28,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees from across 110 countries. The awards were kindly sponsored by Barclays and supported by 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.

Vanessa Vallely, MD of WeAreTheCity said “It has been a total honour to run this years awards and highlight the achievements of so many amazing women, the calibre of entries was truly phenomenal.  WeAreTheCity is very much about supporting the female pipeline and introducing these awards was a perfect opportunity to showcase the amazing talent of women across the UK. We are exceptionally proud of our winners and look forward to following their future success.  We wouldn’t have been able to launch these awards without the support of so many organisations who took no convincing to support these women and recognise their achievements. Both myself, my team, our sponsors, judges and supporters are very much looking forward to celebrating with all of our winners at Barclays on 30 June”.

Once again, we would like to congratulate all our winners and extend a sincere thanks to everyone who supported Rising Stars during 2016.

Winnie Oudemans


Winnie Oudemans is a HR Business Partner within the Operations and Technology HR Team. She joined Barclays in 2011 after graduating from the University of Manchester, initially within the Wealth and Investment Management Learning team and following that within the Organisational Insight team as a Portfolio Manager. Winnie is also a co-founder and UK Global Co-Chair of Emerge, an internal network for colleagues early in their career at Barclays. With a passion for Social Impact and Entrepreneurship, she is privileged to have represented Barclays at the One Young World Summit in Johannesburg in 2013 and Dublin in 2014.

Julia Vanoli

House of Commons

I am an experienced Learning and Development professional and I have worked in Parliament for many years, in a range of different departments and roles. I have substantial experience of the varying requirements of different business areas, their preferred learning approaches and how to manage specific development needs.

I am also chair of Parliagender (Parliament’s Workplace Equality Network  for Gender Equality)   and this has enabled me to develop excellent working relationships with House of Lords and external organisations in the delivery of the Parliagender strategy.

I have deputised for the current Head of Learning, attending leadership meetings and representing the work and achievements of the team. I recently gained a Postgraduate qualification in Career and Talent Management and I have led the Career Coaching team in Parliament and developed this service from a small group to a team of over 20 qualified career coaches. This team actively support staff development and coaching at all levels in the organisation.

I have also led the development of an new external mentoring programme for women colleagues to develop leadership skills and their careers  in Parliament, a new initiative which I developed in partnership to enable this to be a key feature of our annual development offer. I am passionate about people developing their skills to meet their full potential, whatever their background or aspirations may be.

Ellen Hartley


When Ellen was young, someone told  her the world wouldn’t go round without hundreds of people working together to push it, and whilst she now knows that’s not quite how it happens, she’s still a firm believer in the importance of people working together to learn, develop and achieve. It’s for this reason she joined HR, and continues to love every day of her role.

Ellen studied Management at Manchester University, before spending a year in Massachusetts studying and working part time as a teacher for students with learning difficulties.

Passionate about equality, Ellen is on the Diversity and Inclusion Council, being part of the winning team for the 2015 Women in Banking and Finance Diversity Team Award, for her role supporting females entering senior leadership.

Ellen believes we have a responsibility to give back to communities we operate in, and volunteers weekly, spending time with the elderly.

Kayleigh Bottomley

Progressive Recruitment (SThree)

I’m the eldest of eight siblings, four sisters and three brothers. I started a degree in Actuarial Science but after year 1 a change in circumstances meant one of my sisters who was 14 needed to move in with me, so I secured a full time job with Santander to allow this to happen. After three years, once she had secured a position in a foundation course for a mental health nursing degree we moved to London and I started a brand new career with Progressive Recruitment, a trading division of SThree. In the last six years, I’ve been through the high and lows that recruitment offers, however have been given an amazing platform to champion come of the key beliefs I hold in life. Everyone deserves to be given an opportunity to reach their full potential, always give excellent customer service, create a diverse and inclusive work environment and this will lead to a creative, happy and retained work force. I have had some really good success which I am always thankful for, but truly believe it is my unwavering desire to assist my customers in making the right choices for their organisations or careers that has led me to this success.

Tarryn Severn


Having started her career as a PA, Tarryn is now the Colleague Engagement Lead for Investment Banking Operations UK. Tarryn’s primary focus is ensuring that her colleagues feel engaged, enabled and empowered to deliver high performance, encouraging retention and fostering a positive working environment for the business. Tarryn leads the business strategy for Colleague Engagement in the UK, working with senior stakeholders to prioritize and implement execution by organizing engagement and recognition events.

Tarryn also supports the Business Management team for Risk and Control, having ownership of Headcount and financials data, ensuring variances are monitored and accounted for.

Tarryn has a passion for giving back to the community and works with different organizations to provide employability, financial and life skills to underprivileged individuals, both in and outside of prison.

Originally from Australia, Tarryn has lived in the UK for seven years and enjoys travelling around the world experiencing new cultures!


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