Rising Star Awards 2018

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It has been a tumultuous year for gender politics across the world, and programs that nurture the next generation of female talent have never been more important. We at The Times and The Sunday Times are delighted to continue to support the Rising Star Awards to recognise the tremendous work being done by the next generation of leaders across British industry.

Chris Duncan, Managing Director, Times Newspaper Ltd TNL Group
Chris Duncan
Managing Director, Times Newspaper Ltd
Proudly Sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group

Rising Stars in Banking & Capital Markets


Lloyds is delighted to sponsor the Rising Stars in Banking and Capital Markets category for WeAreTheCity’s Top 100 Rising Star Awards in 2018. Our commitment to diversity and to achieving a representative workplace is genuine and sustained, not solely because we believe this strengthens us commercially but most importantly because it is equitable. Professional development and career progression of women in finance is reinforced by effective networking. Our support for WeAreTheCity and sponsorship of the Rising Star Awards is grounded in this awareness and we are thrilled to enable recognition of the great achievement of female banking professionals in the category of Banking and Capital Markets.

Allen Appen
Allen Appen
Managing Director, Head of Bond Financing, Lloyds Banking Group
Proudly Sponsored by Cancer Research UK

Rising Stars in Charity

Cancer Research UK is delighted to be supporting the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards, by sponsoring the “Rising Stars in Charity” category for the third year. We are excited to be involved with the Awards which uniquely acknowledge individuals below Senior Management or Director level. There are so many talented and inspiring women, at all different stages of their careers within the charity sector, which is why it’s so important that the female role models of today are sponsoring the next generation of female leaders. We are honoured to be a part of shaping the future for women on their way to the top in this sector.

Frances Milner, Director of Supporter Led Fundraising at Cancer Research UK
Frances Milner
Executive Director of Philanthropy & Partnerships, Cancer Research UK
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Proudly Sponsored by The Royal Navy

Rising Stars in Defence

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The Royal Navy is proud to sponsor WATC Awards 2018. The nature of our business is inherently diverse and inclusive – demanding inclusive teamwork and leadership to do our jobs on the sea, under the sea, in the air and on the land. We value every member of our team and promote the principles of diversity and inclusivity in all we do. These awards offer us a wonderful opportunity to recognise all those who are making a real difference in our sector and across sectors.

Captain Ellie Ablett RN
Captain Ellie Ablett RN
Commanding Officer, HMS Raleigh
Proudly Sponsored by Barclays

Rising Stars in Digital

Barclays is delighted to be sponsoring the Digital category for Rising Stars 2018. We are committed to supporting the development of our future female leaders and that means creating a culture where they feel they can be part of the role digital has to play in their future careers. We’re proud of the work we do to embed diversity and awareness of the gender agenda, into all areas of our business and we have adopted an approach that promotes a firm-wide culture of inclusion. We have been a champion of Rising Stars both in the UK and India since the beginning and are very much looking forward to the 2018 awards.

Mike Bagguley
Mike Bagguley
Chief Operating Officer, Barclays International
Proudly Sponsored by Aon

Rising Stars in Diversity

Aon is delighted to sponsor the Diversity category again this year, given its commitment to inclusion and raising the profile of female talent within the firm and within the insurance industry. These awards truly showcase an amazing breadth of female role models across all industries.

Katherine Conway
Katherine Conway
Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Community Affairs, Aon
Proudly Sponsored by EPAA

Rising Stars - EA & PA

On behalf of EPAA, we are absolutely delighted and honoured to be involved as a sponsor for The Rising Star Awards 2018! For a profession that historically isn’t even considered a profession by many, this signifies a step closer to our aim of being considered an integral part of a business/organisation and worthy of standing amongst the fellow female pipeline.

Victoria Darragh
Victoria Darragh
Chief Executive, Executive & Personal Assistants Association
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Proudly Sponsored by Edit Development

Rising Stars in Education & Academia

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We are delighted to be supporting the Rising Stars in Academia awards again this year, building a stronger diverse pipeline and supporting people to be the best version of themselves is what we do at EDIT Development. We work with business and Higher Education and these awards unlike any other shines an ongoing spotlight on the future of work. It is not about one celebration, or one sector it is about bringing into focus amazing capable women, across multiple sectors and that is why we are proud sponsors.

Sonia Bate
Sonia Bate
Managing Director EDIT Development
Proudly Sponsored by SAGE

Rising Stars - Entrepreneurs & Startups

The UK has a great opportunity in the palm of its hands; to be a global tech sector leader. And, while it has come a long way in recent years, it needs to go further. Enabling greater female leadership, communicating a positive narrative surrounding this and creating a foundation for success in business are all key factors.

WeAretheCity is showcasing this opportunity perfectly and celebrating the brilliant talent we have, which will help illustrate the real benefits great female leadership can bring to this country’s economy. To sponsor the Entrepreneurs and Startups category is particularly important for Sage as we work every day to champion and support the needs of our country’s entrepreneurs.

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Alan Laing
Managing Director, Sage, UK and Ireland
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Proudly Sponsored by Kier

Rising Stars in Facilities, Property & Construction

Kier is delighted to be sponsoring the Property and Construction category at this year’s Rising Star Awards. It’s a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate so many talented females in industry.

Pip Prongué
Managing Director, Property (South), Kier Property
Proudly Sponsored by Sodexo

Rising Stars in Healthcare

At Sodexo diversity and inclusion is key to our mission to improve quality of life. We strive to create an environment where everyone can contribute and enjoy a fulfilling career. Our industry is dynamic, the only constant is change. Fresh thinking and collaboration are essential; we recognise that we must continuously embrace different views, ideas and experiences. Nurturing and empowering talent to be all that they can be is fundamental to future success. Sodexo is proud to support WeAreTheCity’s Healthcare Rising Star Award. These awards showcase best practice and create visible role models that will make a difference to a generation of future leaders. Good luck to all of the nominees.

James Taylor
James Taylor
CEO, Healthcare, UK & Ireland at Sodexo
Proudly Sponsored by Jobbio

Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment

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Equality and inclusion have long since been values of Jobbio so we’re delighted to be involved in the WATC awards, recognising the amazing work being done by women in recruitment and HR. In the age of accelerated tech, it becomes even more important to focus on the humans who are transforming the industry and we can’t wait to see more from these rising stars.

Stephen Quinn
Stephen Quinn
Proudly Sponsored by Lloyd's

Rising Stars in Insurance

Ensuring that we recognise and develop emerging female talent is critical to building and motivating a pipeline of top performers across our sector. Within Insurance, we want to encourage women to step forward and progress their careers, which is why we are delighted to be sponsoring the Insurance category of WeAreTheCity Awards for the fourth year in a row.

Pauline Miller
Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Lloyd's
Proudly Sponsored by Northern Trust

Rising Stars in Investment Management

Northern Trust is delighted to be sponsoring the Rising Stars 2017 Investment Management Award and partnering with WeAreTheCity to shine a spotlight on the pipeline of talented women working in our industry. We have a wide range of programmes at Northern Trust to help develop female talent at every level in our organization so that our clients benefit from the innovative thinking that diverse and inclusive teams bring. We wish the best of luck to all the nominees.

Sarah Boddey
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, EMEA & APAC
Proudly Sponsored by Reed Smith

Rising Stars in Law (The Lynne Freeman Award)

We are delighted to be able to again support and celebrate the Lynne Freeman Rising Stars in Law! They represent the best that law has to offer – talented and dedicated young women who are no doubt destined for leadership. Just as their role models have inspired them, they too will inspire more rising stars through their enthusiasm, capability, creativity, and commitment to being the best of the best.

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Tamara Box
Managing Partner EME, Reed Smith
Proudly Sponsored by Jessica Huie Public Relations (JHPR)

Rising Stars in PR, Comms & Marketing

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JHPR are delighted to be supporting WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards. We are acutely aware of the importance of highlighting and celebrating future leaders who are rising through the ranks across a variety of sectors, driving change and influencing culture as they do so.

As a communications agency committed to telling the stories of senior leaders and businesses for whom purpose is as important as profit, we fully support the work that WeAreTheCity are doing to cast a spotlight on talented female rising stars.

Jessica Huie
Jessica Huie
Founder of JHPR
Proudly Sponsored by 3M

Rising Stars in Science & Engineering

Supporting the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects lies at the heart of 3M’s community programme in the UK. As a science-based innovation company, we are particularly keen to encourage female students to consider STEM careers. We are therefore delighted to sponsor the Rising Stars in Science and Engineering category, helping to shine a light on role models who can inspire the next generation.

Wynne Lewis
Wynne Lewis
Technical Director, Research & Development, 3M United Kingdom PLC
Proudly Sponsored by Pedalsure

Rising Stars in Sport


It is our pleasure to support WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Sports Award. In 2018, we operated an elite women and junior girl’s track cycling team already enjoying some great success.

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Philip Lochner
Founder & CEO, PedalSure
Proudly Sponsored by Accenture

Rising Stars in Technology

The diversity of our people is part of what makes Accenture exceptional. We recognise that each person has unique strengths, and by embracing those strengths, we all deliver high performance—together. That’s why we’re committed to a gender-balanced workforce by 2025 and growing the percentage of women managing directors globally to 25% by 2020. We are incredibly proud to sponsor the WeAreTheCity Technology Rising Star award, showcasing amazing female talent in technology and continuing to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.

Zahra Bahrololoumi
Zahra Bahrololoumi
Technology Managing Director, Accenture
Proudly Sponsored by CMI Women

Rising Star Champions


“CMI Women is delighted to be supporting the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards Champions category, to showcase the role models actively advocating gender balance in the workplace to help us take a step closer to benefiting from an inclusive environment. Diversity is the foundation for good leadership and management, delivering better results, reduced risk and access to a wide talent pool. CMI Women is at the forefront of driving gender balance in the workplace, encouraging organisations to put gender diversity at the heart of their agenda and develop the pipeline of women in management.”

Heather P Melville OBE
Heather Melville
Chair of CMI Women
Rising Star Awards

Proudly supported by Bloomberg

At Bloomberg, we believe that when one woman rises we all do, so it’s an absolute pleasure for the third year running to be joining WeAreTheCity in celebrating top emerging female talent. These awards are so critical to identifying and being the catalyst for the future pipeline. We applaud WeAreTheCity in recognising these womens achievements.

Pamela Hutchinson
Pamela Hutchinson
EMEA Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Bloomberg
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