Today WeAreTheCity released the names of its top 100 female Rising Stars as part of its Annual Awards Programme, to celebrate the female talent pipeline across the UK. The prestigious Rising Star awards, now in its third year, aim to showcase the sheer volume of female talent that exists across our industries and to create role models for the future.

The awards focus on celebrating the achievements of women under a management level regardless of age. Over the past three years, WeAreTheCity has built up an alumni of 200 previous winners. 78 of the awards alumni have since been promoted by their organisations as well as going on to win additional awards, including Manisha Tailor who received an MBE during the 2016 New Year’s honours.

This year’s winners include a 16 year old Paralympian, Kare Adenegan, Katie Kelleher of Crossrail, Laing O’Rourke who is a Crane Operator at Tottenham Court Road tube, Marina Parry, Research fellow, CRUK, Rhia O Reilly, Professional Wrestler, Katie McEwan, PA to Jacqueline Gold MBE as well as a number of other inspiring women who continue to push their boundaries in order to achieve their full potential.

New for this year, the awards also celebrate outstanding organisations in the Company of the Year category. The award, sponsored by Barclays, recognises the achievements of a company who can clearly demonstrate that it is actively supporting its female talent pipeline through its initiatives, training, development programmes, internal employee relations and diversity network groups. This year after two rounds of rigourous judging, by industry leaders such as Cilla Snowball, Chair of the Women’s Business Council; Anne Francke, CEO, CMI; Jane Hill, BBC Presenter; Sophie Walker, Leader of the Women’s Equality Party and Stig Abell of the Times Literary Supplement, two companies were identified as joint winners of the award due to a tie break of judges scores.

Thanks to Oliver Wyman, the awards continue to celebrate Rising Star Champions, recognising the efforts of senior leaders who are actively supporting the female pipeline. Winners of this category include Mohammed Zafran BEM, Director of All 4 Youth and Community, Amali de Alwis, CEO of Code First Girls and Chuck Stephens, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Google.

Over 1,250 entries were judged by a panel of 33 independent judges including Baroness Goudie, Lara Morgan, serial entrepreneur and investor and Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director, Sunday Times. During the month of May, over 35,000 public votes from 110 countries were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees.

The top five winners for each category will be celebrated at a prestigous awards ceremony on 12 July at NewsUK’s headquarters in London.

Headline sponsored by The Times & The Sunday Times, the awards are supported by leading organisations including 3M, Aon, Barclays, Bloomberg, Cancer Research UK, Citi, Edit Development, EY, GDS, Kier, LinkedIn, Lloyd’s, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, Oliver Wyman, PedalSure, Reed Smith, Royal Navy, Societe Generale, Streets Consulting and Worldpay.

Chris Duncan, Managing Director, Times Newspaper Ltd

"We are delighted to support WeAreTheCity as the headline sponsor for their Rising Star Awards in 2017. Building and supporting a strong pipeline of female talent is a key area of focus at The Times and The Sunday Times. We are excited to be a part of this unique awards programme that shines the spotlight on the achievements of women across so many different industries. We are honoured to be involved and would like to congratulate all winners."

Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director of WeAreTheCity said:

“It has been a total honour to run this year’s awards and highlight the achievements of so many amazing women. We are exceptionally proud that year on year our Rising Star community continues to grow and most importantly that we continue to uncover and showcase emerging leaders and role models from across the UK. Not only do these awards shine a spotlight on the female talent pipeline, but they should also be seen as a call to action for all organistions to continue to invest in their female talent pool. Both myself, my team, our sponsors, judges and supporters are very much looking forward to celebrating with all of our winners at the NewsUK on 12 July”.

The winners of each category can be found in alphabetical order below. Full details of each of the winners can also be found by visiting

Rising Stars in Banking - Sponsored by Societe Generale:

Annie Mbako- BNY Mellon

Ashleigh Harvey - RBS

Mary Mosope Adeyemi - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Rachel Scandling - Barclays

Zainab Atta – RBS

Rising Stars in Charity - Sponsored by Cancer Research UK:

Natalie Campbell - A Very Good Company

Tanya Compas - The Change Foundation

Tonia Ashikodi - Mumtrepreneur Club

Trishna Bharadia - MS Society

Yasmine Davies – Autistica

Rising Stars in Consulting - Sponsored by EY:

Anisha Seth - EY

Bijal Majithia - EY

Gill Hemming - PwC

Hollie Haslam – Mercer Limited

Sayli Chitre - Oliver Wyman

Rising Stars in Construction:

Fiona Barry - London Underground

Katie Kelleher - Crossrail - Laing O'Rourke

Loretta Lipworth - Balfour Beatty

Sharon Slinger - Carillion PLC

Vicci Jarvis - Interserve Developments

Rising Stars in Defence- Sponsored by Royal Navy:

Laura Dietz - Royal Navy

Emily Fowles - Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Claire Nixon - RAF

Patricia Patilla Sanchez - Rolls-Royce PLC

Clair Ryer - RAF

Rising Stars in Diversity - Sponsored by AON:

Leyya Sattar – The Other Box

Louisa Lombardo - Chubb

Lucile Kamar - RICS

Miisa Mink - DrivenWoman

Morenike Ajayi - Career Nuggets

Rising Stars - EA/PA’s:

Debra Jacobs - RBS

Elizabeth Mendes Da Silva - Barclaycard

Emily Walker - Liverpool John Moores University

Jane Brazzill - PWC

Katie McEwan - Ann Summers

Rising Stars in Education & Academia - Sponsored by Edit Development:

Anna Howard - London South Bank University

Benny Bonsu - Girls in Sport Foundation

Janice St John-Matthews - University of the West of England

Jaspreet Sangha - St Marylebone School

Natalie Scott - St Joan of Arc School

Rising Star Entrepreneurs - Sponsored by Citi:

Dr Ava Eagle Brown - Ava Eagle Brown

Cynthia Davis - BAME Recruitment

Jenny Garrett – Reflexion Associates

Lalita Devi Purbhoo-Junggee - Nineteen Fifty Design & Print Co Ltd

Tanya Dennis - Eventsuncut

Rising Star Fintech - Sponsored by Streets Consulting:

Carla Mazzaccherini - Morgan Stanley

Frida Jonsdottir - Deloitte

Isabel Cooke - Barclays

Katerina Domenikou - Bloomberg

Nana Yaa Mensah - Worldpay

Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment - Sponsored by LinkedIN:

Kirsten Doherty - Accenture

Laura Herbert - Thales UK

Laura Pettitt - Insignis Ltd

Maria Ursu - Vodafone

Valeriya Nefyodova - BP

Rising Stars in Insurance - Sponsored by Lloyd’s:

Charlie Lawson - Hiscox

Niamh Carty - AIG

Omo-Bisi Daniels - AIG

Salome Sandra - Marsh

Victoria Rawlings - The Replacement Service

Rising Stars in Investment Management - Sponsored by Northern Trust:

Claire Meier - Northern Trust

Emma Clarke - Beaufort Investment Management

Emma Jackson - Legg Mason Global Asset Management

Nandini Ramakrishnan - J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Siva Karthikeyan – Aon Hewitt

Rising Stars in Law, The Lynne Freeman award - Sponsored by Reed Smith:

Denise Nurse - Halebury

Janvi Patel - Halebury

Naomi Pryde - Dentons

Sally Penni – Kenworthy’s Chambers

Suzanne Szczetnikowicz - Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Rising Stars in Property and Facilities Management - Sponsored by Kier:

Sahar Rezazadeh - CBRE

Hannah Jones - Cushman and Wakefield

Rachel Morris - Derby Cathedral

Doga Tasli - G4S FM

Alison Bowen - Interserve

Rising Stars in Public Sector - Sponsored by GDS:

Annette Henley - Home Office

Fiona Galvin - Transport for London

Imogen Thompson - Transport for London

Lauren Bottomley - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Megan Key - Ministry of Justice

Rising Stars in Sales - Sponsored by Worldpay:

Analyn Pelayre – Good E-Learning

Fiene Fischer – Bloomberg

Sara Diggle – Brother UK Limited

Sonya Barlow – Dunnhumby

Selina Taylor – Hermes Investment Management

Rising Stars in Science and Engineering - Sponsored by 3M:

Athena Livesey - WSP

Claire Gott - WSP

Marina Parry – CRUK, University of Manchester

Mary Akangbe - NHS

Niri Arambepola - WSP

Rising Stars in Sport - Sponsored by PedalSure:

Charlotte Richardson - K-Sports Cobdown

Kare Adenegan - British Paralympic Association

Rhia O’Reilly - Professional Wrestler

Victoria Knowles-Lacks - The Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club

Zainab Goreja – Student, Carlton Bolling College

Rising Stars in Technology - Sponsored by Morgan Stanley:

Anneclaire van Not - DXC

Beverley Newing - Oxford Computer Consultants

Carole Logan - Equator

Lauren Murtagh - BT

Nicole Covey - IBM

Rising Stars - Champions - Sponsored by Oliver Wyman:

Amali de Alwis - Code First: Girls

Chuck Stephens - Google

Liz Dimmock - Women Ahead and Moving Ahead Group

Mohammed Zafran BEM - All 4 Youth & Community

Ruth Oshikanlu - Goal Mind Limited

Rising Stars – Company of the Year - Sponsored by Barclays:



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