Rising Star 2016 Awards Sponsors

Rising Star Awards 2016

Powered by Barclays

We are delighted to be the lead sponsor of the Rising Star Awards which recognises the achievements of talented women on their way to the top; the contributions they make to their organisations and society in general. At Barclays we have a range of programmes which develop and support female talent as they progress through the Bank. Our management training encourages the building of diverse teams and maximising the skills of all our talent, enabling colleagues to truly be themselves and unleash all their potential.

Mark McLane, Managing Director, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays PLC

Rising Stars in Banking

Proudly Sponsored by Societe Generale

Developing a diverse and creative work force in an ever changing business landscape is essential. We are delighted to be supporting the banking category with the aim of promoting the industry to female talent, whilst also raising awareness of the wider diversity programme in financial services and beyond.

Celia Larkin, Senior Relationship Manager and Chair of Societe Generale's UK Women's Network
Celia Larkin-Societe Generale

Rising Stars in Charity

Proudly sponsored by Cancer Research UK, Women of Influence

There are so many talented women in the charity sector, at every stage in their career, but it¹s not often that we get the chance to particularly acknowledge and reward those below management level. That is why Cancer Research UK¹s Women of Influence campaign is delighted to be supporting the ³Rising Stars in Charity² category ­ our female role models of today are sponsoring the female role models of the future.

Frances Milner, Executive Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships, Cancer Research UK
Frances Milner, Director of Supporter Led Fundraising at Cancer Research UK

Rising Stars in Consultancy

Proudly sponsored by EY

EY is delighted to sponsor the Rising Stars in Consulting category for WeAreTheCity’s Top 100 Rising Star Awards again in 2016. Building and supporting a strong pipeline of female talent is a key focus for us and we believe showcasing best practice and highlighting role models across our industry is a critical element. These efforts align to our goal of creating a better working world, where the best and brightest talent from all backgrounds are provided with the right opportunities to help them reach their full potential.

Tracey Bowen-Lowe, Partner, EY
Tracey Bowen-Lowe- EY

Rising stars in defence

proudly sponsored by PA Consulting

PA Consulting Group has a long and proud connection with women in defence; our very first assignment over 70 years ago was to help women factory workers increase productivity in support of the war effort. We are delighted to sponsor the Defence category for the WeAreTheCity Top 50 Rising Star Awards. The UK’s defence community is determined to improve its diversity, so recognising and celebrating women’s talent makes a great contribution to achieving that goal.

Nick Newman, member of PA’s Management Group, PA Consulting Group.
Nick Newman PA Consulting Group

Rising Stars in Diversity

proudly sponsored by Aon

Aon is very proud to be sponsoring the Diversity category in the WeAreTheCity’s Top 50 Rising Stars Awards. We work diligently to create an inclusive culture to attract, develop and retain diverse talent and it is essential to our role as a global organisation that we respect the diversity of human expression. Aon prides itself on fostering a work environment where opportunity and success are defined by one’s character and ambition not race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disab​ility, age, or citizenship.

Katherine Conway, Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Community Affairs, Aon Services Group
Katherine Conway


Proudly sponsored by EPAA (Executive and Personal Assistant Association)

On behalf of EPAA, we are absolutely delighted and honoured to be involved as a sponsor for the The Rising Star Awards 2016! For a profession that historically isn¹t 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, Chief Executive, Executive & Personal Assistants Association
Victoria Darragh

Rising Stars in Education & Academia

Proudly sponsored by University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Since its founding, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has always believed in empowering rising talent through knowledge and education. Here at our London campus we are excited to sponsor the 2016 Rising Stars in Education and Academia category. We look forward to recognizing the accomplishments of the nominees and how they will shape the future for women in this sector.

Arnold Longboy, Managing Director Executive Education, EMEA & APAC, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Arnie Longboy-Chicago Booth Business School

Rising Stars - Entrepreneurs

Proudly sponsored by Virgin Media Business

Supporting the growth of female entrepreneurs not only drives diversity within UK businesses but it also creates an environment for future entrepreneurial heroines to flourish and succeed, empowering future generations to succeed in business. I’m extremely proud that Virgin Media Business are sponsoring a fantastic category which will inspire our future leaders.

Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder

rising stars in facilities management

proudly sponsored by ISS Facility Services

ISS is at the forefront of promoting both diversity and young people in the workplace, particularly within the Facility Services sector. As a business, we are focussed on achieving a positive balance of diversity throughout ISS. We are passionate about the value that a diverse workforce creates for our customers, the opportunities it creates for our teams and the balance it brings to society. The service industry is very much a people business where success is achieved through collaboration; the creation of a diverse set of innovative ideas at all levels will allow ISS to continue to lead in the competitive facility services sector. We are proud to be sponsoring WearetheCity Rising Stars Awards.

Gary Kidd, Chief Operating Officer, ISS Facility Services
Gary Kidd ISS

Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment

Proudly sponsored by Twenty Recruitment

Appreciation, respect and celebration of diversity and eclecticism is at the very core of our business and one of the values which our company was founded. This is why we believe so strongly in being able to work with candidates and clients to ensure recruitment processes see truly talented individuals be respected and have equal opportunity to prosper and excel in their careers. Organisations like WeAreTheCity raising the profile of the female talent pipeline, and the subject of diversity in general, are making significant strides forward in breaking down some of the pre-historic barriers that unfortunately in places still exist; and in doing so are mirroring a message that we believe to be incredibly important about the celebration of talent and ability regardless of its form. We therefore are hugely proud to continue to partner with WATC again for the Rising Star Awards in 2016.

James Warren, Managing Director, Twenty Recruitment Group
James Warren - MD of Twenty Recruitment

Rising Stars in Insurance

Proudly sponsored by Lloyd's

Lloyd’s is delighted to sponsor the Insurance category for the WeAreTheCity Awards. Recognising emerging female talent is critical to building a pipeline of top performers for our sector. Insurance needs a more diverse talent pool. Encouraging women to step forward and progress their careers is essential and Lloyd’s is delighted to be part of such a great initiative

Pauline Miller, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Lloyd’s

rising stars in Investment Management

Proudly sponsored by Newton Investment Management Ltd

Newton Investment Management is excited to again sponsor the Rising Star Investment Management Award and support WeAreTheCity. We know why gender equality and broader diversity should be an integral part of business strategy. We need to sustain our diversity commitment at all job levels within companies, developing both future and current talented leaders and celebrating their successes.

Helena Morrissey, CEO, Newton Investment Management Ltd.
Helena Morrissey - CEO Newton

Rising Stars in Law (The Lynne Freeman Award)

Proudly sponsored by Reed Smith

We are delighted to once again celebrate the Lynne Freeman Rising Stars in Law, those talented and dedicated young women who are destined for leadership positions in our industry. Just as their role models have inspired them, they too will inspire more rising stars through their enthusiasm, creativity, and commitment to being the best of the best.

Tamara Box, Global Clair - Financial Industry Group, Reed Smith.
Tamara Box- Reed Smith

Rising Stars in Media & Journalism

Proudly sponsored by Bloomberg

We are delighted to join WeAreTheCity in celebrating top emerging female talent for a second year. At Bloomberg, we know that fostering a diverse and inclusive culture isn’t just “the right thing to do², it¹s critical to attracting and retaining top talent ­ and the wide range of ideas and perspectives – that we need to grow as a company. This year, we are proud to support the Media & Journalism award category, recognising the achievements and contributions of female media professionals
on the rise.

Erika Irish Brown, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Bloomberg
Erika Irish Brown

Rising Stars in Oil & Gas

Proudly sponsored by PwC

Attitudes continue to evolve and, for this generation of ambitious young women, they not only expect to work but to build successful, senior level careers in whatever sector they choose. Within the oil and gas sector, and the energy industry more broadly, tackling gender diversity and building and retaining a strong pipeline of talent can deliver a multitude of benefits. Fresh perspectives and improved decision making to enhanced stakeholder trust, these all serve to strengthen an organisation¹s competitive edge. Initiatives such as our Igniting Change campaign with POWERful Women and WeAreTheCity’s Rising Stars awards recognise the fantastic achievements made by women at differing stages of their careers and provide inspiration to those who aspire to climb the career ladder in their chosen field.

Alison Baker, Head of UK Oil & Gas, PwC
Alison Baker PwC

Rising Stars in Public Sector

Proudly sponsored by SOCITM

Socitm Advisory are delighted to be undertaking sponsorship of WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Award for the Public Sector! We are passionate about celebrating talent at all levels, and the ability to publicly recognise and celebrate our female colleagues within the public sector – who often do not receive this sort of opportunity compared to staff of large private sector corporations – is hugely exciting!
Socitm Advisory prides itself on identifying and nurturing the best talent and incorporating this into our advisory services for local authorities. To have the opportunity to highlight deserving individuals is one of the best ways for our colleagues to praise and retain valuable staff members below management level.Why not find out more about our recently relaunched Advisory service and brand new website?

David Bryant, Socitm Commercial Director

Rising Stars in Sales

Proudly sponsored by Worldpay

Worldpay is delighted to sponsor the Sales award for WeAreTheCity. We are competing in a fast moving and rapidly developing industry, where to be able to successfully differentiate we need to continually invest in our technology and our people. Our success has been founded on a team with a diverse mix of backgrounds, talents and expertise. We are committed to developing and investing in the accomplished female talent we have in our global sales organisation and across the business – and are pleased to be working WeAreThe City to support this across the industry.

Steve Newton, SVP Relationship Management, Worldpay
Steve Newton - Worldpay

Rising Stars in Sport

Proudly sponsored by PedalSure

We are extremely pleased to support WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Sports Award. Billy Jean King once said, “When they take surveys of Women in business, of the fortune 500, the successful women, 80% of them, say they were in sports as a young woman”. Today sport and exercise is at the heart of all of our personal goals of self-improvement as we strive to become our very best performing selves. In the cycling world this quest for excellence is best epitomised in our high expectations of Team GB’s Laura Trott and Emily Nelson

Philip Lochner, CEO. PedalSure
Philip Lochner- CEO PedalSure, smiling to camera

Rising Stars in Technology

Proudly sponsored by Morgan Stanley

We believe a diverse workforce is a more productive one ­ it provides a real competitive advantage when individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives, approaches and capabilities come together to achieve a shared goal. We strive for a creative and innovative working environment, to achieve this we must have a diverse and inclusive workforce. Now in our fourth year of partnership with WeAreTheCity, we proudly sponsor this award and hope that the winning individuals continue to inspire a new generation of female technologists.

Gerard Hester, MD, Global Technology, Morgan Stanley
Gerard Hester, Morgan Stanley

Rising Star Champions

Proudly sponsored by Oliver Wyman in partnership with UN Women National Committee UK

Inclusion and diversity are at the heart of our firm¹s core values, making us stronger and better able to help our clients, the industries in which we work, and the communities we live in. Our own ³Inspiring Leaders² programme matches our most senior leaders with high potential minority groups to sponsor, develop, and champion them. We are delighted to be sponsoring the Rising Star Champions category.

Catherine Brien, Partner, Oliver Wyman

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