We are proud to announce the top 10 shortlist for the Charity category, sponsored by Cancer Research UK, Women of Influence

These individuals will now be invited to celebrate their shortlisting alongside our sponsors, judges and guests at a celebratory reception sponsored by Bloomberg on 17 May 2016.   

Judging will now begin to identify the final five winners for each category.  Winners will be notified by 6 June 2016 and invited to celebrate at the winners party sponsored by Barclays on 30 June 2016.

Should you wish to cast a public vote of support for any of the individuals below, please vote on the right hand side of this page.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our amazing shortlisted nominees the very best of luck in the final stages of judging.

Shortlist in Charity

Emma Baldry | Broken Rainbow

After nine years as a secondary school teacher; I decided to focus on volunteering and fundraising for LGBT charities (Diversity Role Models, Stonewall, Albert Kennedy Trust). Several of these involved abseiling off high structures (a huge achievement). In 2014, I set up an LGBT Youth group in Catterick Garrison to support the needs of local young people and in 2015 took the initiative to coordinate Liverpool Pride’s first ever ‘education for all' area; its success will act as the footprint for 2016.

Last year, I co-founded Planet L Events creating unique safe spaces for inclusive cultural events across the North West, the first event being the inaugural Pride in Sport event held at Liverpool Football Club celebrating LGBT and Ally sporting role models.

Realising supporting the LGBT community is a natural vocation, I’m now the training coordinator, Broken Rainbow (National LGBT Domestic Violence Charity).

Emma Lawrence | Action for Children

I’m passionate and determined that my communications – whether article, blog, film, or our awards – is positive and inspiring for our 5000 staff, 2500 volunteers and the children and young people we support. It’s an honour to work alongside and learn from the incredibly brave young people in our services, and I feel very fortunate that I can devote my energy on equality. You’ll find me the proudest advocate of female power, and of our inclusive LGBT network, which I have dedicated hundreds of hours to right from when it was just an idea, to now – being the leading network and mouthpiece for diversity in the organisation. There’s a lot to do when it comes to creating a world where children are safe, the LGBT community is accepted and equal, and women are truly championed. I’m a survivor, and I work in the service of other survivors – this is my motivation.


Eve Mitchell | Cancer Research UK

I am a dedicated and highly driven account manager, with vast experience in business development, project management, event delivery, and relationship development. During my career I have worked across various roles within the charity sector. Starting my career at Cancer Research UK working as an event executive. Moving to Canada working for the Canadian Cancer Society, developing the Relay For Life Youth Programme, and achieving 100% growth in income. Moving back to the UK I re-joined CRUK as an Account Manager successfully managing a partnership with Ronan Keating, delivering the 10th anniversary Emeralds & Ivy Ball, developing corporate partners and high-net worth individuals driving maximum value for CRUK, raising £1 million against a target of £850,000. Most recently I have taken on a dual role managing a celebrity partnership whilst taking on a corporate partnerships role as Business Development Manager looking after multi-million pound partnerships such as TK Maxx and Tesco.

Frah Saeed | YMCA

Frah is professionally experienced Youth and Community worker who works extensively with young people and communities in the voluntary and statutory sectors as a young volunteer and qualified youth & community worker. Frah has been working for the YMCA  for over 6 years  and has also been part of a programme called (Roots for Reconciliation) which is YMCA Europe’s initiative for stronger youth activism towards peaceful transformation of conflicts in Europe, South Caucasus and the Balkans especially considered  and was awarded as The Young Leader of the year 'Youth Matters Awards 2015 England'. Whilst working with the YMCA Frah has also been engaged as a Trainer and Peace Advocate for a number of organisations and national Government working groups e.g ‘Youth Spirit’ which is a youth work unit in Jordan Working on gender equality & sustainable development), which works in partnership with European Youth Foundation throughout the ‘middle east’ to strengthen equality for all in order to respond to the needs of the most disadvantaged young people.

Julia Garden | Women and Children First UK

I am honoured to have been nominated for this award. I have worked in the charity sector for all my life with vulnerable people.

I have worked with Women and Children First for 2.5 years. Women and Children First is an international development organisation dedicated to reducing unacceptably high, but largely avoidable, levels of mortality in the world's poorest communities. Their approach is simple and effective. They support women to take control of their own and their newborn babies’ health by learning and acting together in women’s groups. They work with partners in Malawi, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Uganda to educate women about how to maintain their own health before, during and after pregnancy and how to care for their new baby.

My skills lie in relationship building. I support our supporters and encourage them to fundraise for us. I know what the competition is like out there and so if I can engage more supporters I feel that I have done a good job. We are a small charity and our supporters feel that they are really part of an organisation that makes a difference. Our supporters are very loyal, which is evident in the repeat donations we get from them. I feel that the personal touch that I offer them ensures their loyalty. I initiate events and through our events we are raising the profile of the charity which in turn encourages more supporters. I love my job!

Katie Goates | Breast Cancer Now

As a Research Communications Officer at Breast Cancer Now I help engage our supporters, the public, and everyone at the charity with the science we fund. I also work as an in-house expert and external spokesperson on developments in the wider breast cancer research community.

I make complex ideas easy to understand, accurate, consistent and exciting for all our audiences - whether that’s students shaking buckets or philanthropists pondering annual reports.

I’ve previously worked at the Institute for Cancer Research and volunteered for Crisis at Christmas and The National Literacy Trust.

Mary Dobson | LYCP

Mary founded London Young Charity Professionals (LYCP) in 2014, noting a lack of support for London-based young professionals working in the charity sector. Alongside a day job managing NSPCC Special Events, she launched the network with regular, free-to-attend networking drinks, creating an informal, friendly space for members to be able to share ideas, challenges and to support each other.

The network gained 1,500 LinkedIn members within the first six months and a stellar committee of two. Last year Mary organised 'LYCP Inspirationals', featuring seven sector-leading charity CEOs, including Barbara Frost, Ciaran Devane and Mark Goldring, each talking about their five greatest failures.

Sold out, and supported by The Guardian, Blackbaud & Harris Hill, the series provided an unrivalled opportunity for young professionals to be inspired and motivated by leading lights.

Recently named one of Eventbrite's top 100 movers & shakers in the Events Industry, she's "frequently touted as one to watch!"

Michelle Thorpe | UK Homes 4 Heroes

My name is Michelle Thorpe. I am a director of a charity called UK Homes 4 Heroes Pride & Passion. It is only a small charity which helps ex-service personnel. We go out on the streets to feed and clothe them. We also  house and get them back into work when possible along with just being there for them to have a shoulder to cry on or listen to them when needed. There is only two of us that run the head office.

I am also the pearly queen of Rotherhithe which I am very proud to be. I have done a lot of charity work in my life including abseiling, sky-diving, bungee jumping and lots more. I get great pleasure out of helping other people.

Sophie Richardson | Free The Children

Originally from Blackpool, Sophie came to London to study French and Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London. After graduating, Sophie was elected Vice President Education and Welfare 2010-11 and President 2011-12 of Queen Mary Students’ Union, representing 16,000 students. She also served on the National Union of Students’ National Executive Committee as the Higher Education representative. Since then she has worked at Disneyland Paris, at Hotcourses supporting young people going into Higher Education and worked on a Blackpool Council funded programme supporting young, homeless and NEET 16-19 year old women. She currently works for Free The Children and WE Day as Manager of Speakers and Facilitators, the WE Schools delivery team. Sophie is also an alumna of UpRising and PwC’s leadership programmes and volunteers as a governor at Thornton Heath Nursery School. Sophie is passionate about equality, young people and the transformative power of education.


By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.