We are proud to announce the top 10 shortlisted individuals for the Sales category, sponsored by Worldpay

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 Sales

Elizabeth Drummond | Bloomberg

Elizabeth has been working in Government Affairs at Bloomberg L.P. since 2013. In this role, she is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with government and regulatory agencies throughout Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Previously she served as a Legislative Affairs Representative for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. She also worked for the United States House of Repsentatives and the House of Lords in the UK  Parliament. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Asministration from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Emma Gillies | Sedgefield Racecourse

I am an enthusiastic, highly dedicated and ambitious individual. I enjoy developing my skills within a fast paced environment and I am familiar with business development practice and the importance of maintaining a loyal customer base in order to hit KPI’s and increase annual profit across all income lines on an annual basis.

I enjoy meeting new people and have had great pleasure in building a network of clients and creating personalised and bespoke packages to meet the requirements of each individual. I am well versed in event management, proposals, negotiation, account handling, administration, hospitality, sponsorship sales and most recently marketing. I am quick to grasp new ideas and concepts and I am keen to develop problem solving strategies. Outside of work, I enjoy running, dancing and time with friends.

Jemma Moreau | Legoland

After finishing my first career in Swimming for Great Britain, I naturally moved into the fitness industry where I enjoyed a 10 year career. Working through many roles, with the Private Health Club Sector, I finally found the roles I enjoyed most all involved selling! After a year off to bring up my son I moved into a private Members Golf Club where I enjoyed 7 years in business development and changing the shape and outlook of a small club. Now I am proud to say that I work for Merlin Entertainments at LEGOLAND Windsor as VIP and Sponsorship Sales Manager. Here I am able to sell to both customers and business directly. This role allows me to draw on the different skills I have learnt over my career and being a mum of two definitely helps me understand my market and guests on a completely different level!

Kate Ranford | Bloomberg

I have ten years experience in the Financial Services industry with strengths in business development & strategy, project management, as well as team building and mentoring. I have spent ten years at Bloomberg starting as an Intern, progressing to a Global Data Analyst, Team Leader and four years ago moving across to Account Management. With a consultative approach, I identify our clients' needs and demonstrate how Bloomberg solutions will help them make the best investment/trading decisions, by making their day to day business smoother and more profitable. I am responsible for building new business and developing existing business.

I graduated with a Double Degree from UWE Business School and The Berlin School of Economics where I spent one year as part of my four year course.

I am passionate about women’s progression in business and getting more women into technology and finance careers. I spent a number of years running our in house Internship programme and through that have enjoyed mentoring and coaching Interns.

I'm extremely interested in health and wellbeing, having trained as Reflexologist a number of years ago, am a keen runner and interested in pescatarian cookery.

Leah Ross | Real Staffing (SThree)

I left school at 17 as I decided I liked the idea of earning my own money and had worked since I was 14 in various part time roles. After a successful 6 years working for a large Health Club brand I decided it was time for a career change.. it was time to get my 'grown up' job. I made the move in to recruitment and joined Real Staffing, a trading division of SThree as I needed a new challenge but ‘sales’ was all I knew! Since I started I haven’t looked back and have been very lucky to work with some amazing people within a fantastic company. Whilst my time at Real Staffing hasn’t always been easy, I wouldn’t change it for the world and anyone male or female looking to get in to a corporate environment shouldn’t hesitate!

Lisa Katharina Tucek | Bloomberg

Lisa works in customer account management support across different sales teams and products at Bloomberg LP and focuses on issues related to bridging gaps between departments, managing large client projects, and identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and the clients' experience. The role requires to act as an indispensable business partner to Sales and clients, providing advisory and support to Bloomberg's Sales force.

Prior to this, she worked in our Customer Support team, where she was responsible for all German speakers of our frontline client support. This experience also allowed her to work with our internal innovations team where Lisa managed to drive initiatives for our mobile app and internal workflows. Lisa studied Hospitality Management with Real Estate Finance and Revenue Management at the Glion Institute of Higher Education. There she had been recognised as Top10 student by the "Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society" and nominated with Best Dissertation and The Glion Spirit Award in recognition of her high level of scholarship, attitude and dedication.

Mary Kay | Real Staffing (SThree)

Brand representative for diversity and inclusion for Real Staffing, a trading division of SThree. Mary joined SThree as one of the youngest employees at the age of 20 with the view to making a difference for women in business and within the Life Science industry. She threw herself into the role and she is consistently performing as a role model and as an outstanding achiever in Real Staffing. ·         Number 1 female biller worldwide in the Pharma sector ·         Top billing female in the UK & Ireland, performance over the past 3 years ·         She has given industry interviews within the market that she recruits within which have also featured within TOPRA ·         Holds 2 records for the highest value deal within Pharmaceuticals, Most deals in one year on the Pharma UK team

Outside of her normal day to day job, she has delivered one of the highest number of training sessions and has supported other teams within SThree, including flying to Frankfurt to help train the Pharma team, and also delivering a Road Show in Europe and the UK with Board directors to help implement the contract strategy, which she has consistently championed across the UK since the roll out, whilst also offering to train other offices in the UK, including Birmingham, Leeds and the City office Externally, she has done three skydives for charity, and this year used her annual leave to volunteer in Lesvos at a refugee camp for 2 weeks. This was an experience that profoundly affected her and in the first week upon her return she raised £2000 for the cause. She is due to go to Calais in a few weeks. She has just started training towards rowing the Atlantic next year. Mary is an avid believer that there is no such thing as a limitation, and that anything is possible with resilience and a positive mind set.

Nicola Entwistle | Mastercard

Instrumental in launching and driving the UK&I digital strategy in MasterCard. In 2015, I was one of the key pillars in the UK market launch of our tokenisation technology and Apple Pay, one of the biggest developments in the industry since chip and pin. Identified as high potential within the company, I was chosen as one of 12 worldwide candidates to take part in the inaugural early career talent rotation programme. I am currently consulting in Mexico City, advising on the digital strategy of our customers in the market and providing internal digital training programmes to colleagues. Passionate for equality, I coordinated a personal development programme for our Women's Leadership Network for over 40 members of our network. As part of the PRIDE group launch committee in Mexico, I work to remove barriers, stereotypes and stigmas, enabling acceptance both internally and externally. I managed MasterCard's relationship with Poplar Food Bank driving financial inclusion through volunteering and donations. Part of Girl4Tech, I am a STEM ambassador encouraging future talent to pursue STEM subjects.

Shauna Bull | Pure Storage

Shauna is an extremely ambitious recent International Business Graduate, and has a wealth of international experience from her time studying in Australia, France, Germany and China, and working in the USA, The Netherlands and The UK. She has a passion for sales, which started during her Secondary School years, setting up various small businesses both inside and outside of school. Her progression has led her to work for a Silicon Valley based technology company in Inside Sales, where she can demonstrate her drive, enthusiasm and passion to succeed in International Business. Outside of the office, Shauna enjoys attending various events, recently attending a Women In Technology event hosted by The Guardian at Skype HQ London, is part of a Graduate Lean In Circle (Sheryl Sandberg Organisation), and was a participant at a TEDx Event in 2015, where she gave a speech on 'Making Your Own Luck'.

Valentine Rabin | Mastercard

  • Passion - My determination to be the best as a successful employee, leader and team player requires dedication and commitment. Career successes include exceeding sales targets, managing key client accounts, promotion, partnering with a key client to launch a large scale marketing campaign and winning the Global ‘Exceptional Sales Award’ for input into the successful win of a key strategic deal in 2015.
  • Leadership skills – Head Girl at school. Pioneering MasterCard’s Womens’ Leadership Network Personal Development Stream and the successful ‘Happenista Initiative’ supporting coaching sessions for junior to middle level management.
  • Growth through change – Opening doors to harness new talents; using the best of myself to fulfill potential.
  • Giving something back - volunteering at a London based food bank, charity work (last year I raised over £1k in support of children born with Cerebral Palsy) and being inspirational to others and aspirational for myself.

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