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WeAreTheCity Top 50 Female Rising Stars 2015 - Award Winners Announced

01 September 2015 13:30


Today WeAreTheCity released the names of their top 50 female rising stars as part of their annual awards programme. The rising star awards were introduced to showcase the pipeline of female talent in the UK and to create role models across 10 different industries and professions. The awards focused on celebrating the achievements of women under a management level regardless of age.
Over 340 entries were judged by a panel of 14 independent judges. Over 15,000 public votes were received for the shortlisted nominees from across 112 countries. The shortlist of 100 were celebrated at an event in August, hosted by Bloomberg which was also attended by 190 city women including representation from the awards sponsors, Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale, BNY Mellon, Newton Investments, Twenty Recruitment, Reed Smith, Ladbrokes, Guardian Women in Leadership, EY, Barclays, RBS and the Government Equalities Office.
Vanessa Vallely, MD of WeAreTheCity said “It has been a total honour to run this years awards and highlight the achievements of so many amazing women, the calibre of entries was truly phenomenal. WeAreTheCity is very much about supporting the female pipeline and introducing these awards was a perfect opportunity to showcase the amazing talent of women across the UK. We are exceptionally proud of our winners and look forward to following their future success. We wouldn't have been able to run these awards without the support of so many organisations who took no convincing to support these women and recognise their achievements. Both myself, my team, our sponsors, judges and supporters are very much looking forward to celebrating with all of our winners at the House of Lords in September”.

The winners of each category can be found in alphabetical order below. Full details of each winners via

Rising Stars - EA/PA’s – Sponsored by Barclays
Debbie Grimshaw, Brother UK Donna Evans, Barclays Donna Olliver, KPMG
Sue Stoner, PWC
Vicki Ghiotte – Sodexo

Rising Stars – Media & Journalism – Sponsored by Guardian Women in Leadership
Emma Al-Munshi, Kruger Crowne
Gemma Guise, Journolink
Jessica Gioglio, Sprinklr
Tamara Leigh, IRIN
Victoria Smith, My Little Black Book

Rising Stars in Law, The Lynne Freeman award – Sponsored by Reed Smith
Alicia Millar, Reed Smith
Caroline Andrews, Giles Wilson
Gemma Lodge, DLA Piper Rashida Abdulai, Hogan Lovells Sascha Grimm, Cooley

Rising Stars in Insurance - Sponsored by Lloyd’s
Caroline Renouf, Rossborough Guernsey Diane Kennedy, Lloyd’s
Dominique Liberto, Aon UK Ltd
Nathalie Majlis, Barclays
Sarah Gerken, Willis

Rising Stars in Banking - Sponsored by Societe Generale
Emma Couper, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Joy Adams, Deutsche Bank
Layla Mullins, HSBC
Lucy Brooker, RBS
Nicola Ruane, EY

Rising Stars in Consulting - Sponsored by EY
Dara Kirton, PwC UK
Emily Thorpe, Happy Working Mum
Jo Sweetland, Green Park Interim & Executive Resourcing Julia McColl, Capco
Sarah Smith, CGI

Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment - Sponsored by Twenty Recruitment
Angela Cooke, PwC UK
Becky Rogers, C&C Search
Mel Aston, Merlin Entertainments PLC
Mitra Janes, DLA Piper
Rosa Goncalves, Kidbrooke Community Enterprises

Rising Stars in Technology - Sponsored by Morgan Stanley
Isla Kennedy, Accenture
Melanie Ogden, Transport for London Memona Mohammad, BT
Polina Zabelina, BP
Rashada Harry, Vodafone

Rising Stars in Sport - Sponsored by Ladbrokes
Alice Powell, Alice Powell Racing
Amy Hughes, The 53 Foundation,
Annie Zaidi, Leicester City Football Club, Centre of Excellence
Emma Mason, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP Liv Cooke, Liv Cook Freestyle

Rising Stars in Investment Management - Sponsored by BNY Mellon & Newton
Ashley Smith, British Gas Venture Capital
Gemma Stanbridge, Westminster Wealth Management
Sarah Brakebill, BNY Mellon
Stephanie Niven, Tesco Pension Investment Vinita Ramtri, Barclays

Notes to the Editor
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About WeAreTheCity

The aim of WeAreTheCity is to provide an information careers and lifestyle portal for women working in London and across the UK. It was founded in 2008 by husband and wife team, Stewart & Vanessa Vallely with the intention of providing career orientated content to working women and entrepreneurs across London.

Other key facts

• It has been funded by both founders and was run as a not for profit from 2008 to 2013.
• WeAreTheCity has a database of over 30,000 professional and entrepreneurial women.
• The company has a projected reach (via network relationships) of approx. 400,000 women across the UK.
• WeAreTheCity experiences over 4million hits per month, 210,000 unique visitors
• is the top 1% of visited websites in the UK (as per, ranking at 7,275 out of 10 million websites
registered in the UK, 181,977 out of 1 billion websites worldwide.
• WeAreTheCity has a job board offering specifically aimed at our female members, which was
launched in October 2012.
• has a sister site based in India which was just launched in March 2013, This is
currently sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP
• We have a combined social media reach of 9,000 via Twitter, 1,500 on Facebook and 5,000 members on LinkedIN.
• WeAreTheCity has over 25 resident bloggers and over 250 volunteer writers.
• We generate around 25-30 unique pieces of content per week.
• We supports over 25 charities with free advertising through our Giving Back section.

WeAreTheCity provides the following services.

• Provides career and lifestyle orientated information to professional and entrepreneurial women working in London and
across the UK.
• Provides corporates with a platform (through to advertise their open vacancies directly to a female
• Project manages events for corporates who wish to engage with particular demographic of women (eg Technology).
• Provides a platform for corporate companies to enhance their brand within the female community by publishing gender
related content.
• Provides a platform for female entrepreneurs to advertise and promote their quality products or services to a large female
• Offers training opportunities to our members via free webinars.
• Profiles inspirational women across the UK in order to raise their profile and inspire our members.
• Promotes restaurants, bars, business schools, wellness activities in London plus other female centric services.
• Provides competitions and unique discounts for our members.
• Provides our own events, eg networking drinks 4 times per year.
• Engages with our members via a bi-weekly newsletter and various social media feeds.
• Promotes female leadership programmes and opportunities for women to up-skill outside their corporate environments.
• Provides a calendar of events from female networks and other learning providers.
• Provides a directory of recommended coaches.
• Promotes giving back activities (Charities and social enterprises) to our membership to encourage them to give back to their
• Provides a platform for female writers to share their stories and experiences with other women.

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