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This year, Marie Claire has been supporting WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards to champion up-and-coming female talent in the UK
Across all different sectors, women in the UK are driving their industries forward and helping to shape the future. If you think about the women in your life, it’s likely someone will spring to mind who is always giving back, has unwavering passion or who is on the road to leading her field one day.
WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards want to celebrate these women and show the world the impact they are making. Since 2015, the awards have been working to showcase 1,000 outstanding women by 2025.
Highlighting women’s achievements not only promotes the amazing female talent that exists across the UK, but actively encourages organisations and business leaders to invest in and recognise women as leaders of tomorrow and individual contributors to their industries.
This year, WeAreTheCity recognised another 100 women from more than 20 different industries; from technology to EA & PA to defence. These women will join its alumni of 750 previous winners — and the results are now in.
On 14 July the results to crown the Rising Star Awards were announced in a lavish ceremony hosted by Pan Pacific London at their Pacific Ballroom in London.
Over 1,000 individuals were entered into the draw, and nominees received over 30,000 public votes, who were judged by a panel of over 40 independent judges to whittle it down to the final 100 female role models across various industries.
As well as the results being revealed, the evening saw inspirational speakers, entertainers and strong female influencers take to the stage to present awards, including our very own Editor-in-Chief, Andrea Thompson, as well as Wellbeing of Women CEO Janet Lindsay, and actress come singer-songwriter Chloe Kennedy.
Guests also took part in a charity raffle, which saw an impressive £3,300 raised for Wellbeing of Women organisation.
The full winner’s list
After month’s of anticipation the results were called and the Rising Star Awards 2022 were dished out to women and men across various industries, including PWC, Barclays, Transport for London, London Stock Exchange, and more.
The winners were split by categories; from healthcare and hospitality to law, diversity, technology, and many more.
Other categories included the Editor’s Choice award, which was received by Caroline Graham, Cat Wildman, Frances Scott, Ian Clarke and Preet Chandi, while the Global Award Achievement was honoured to Anna Radulovski, Aparna Saroagi, Jennifer Kent, Neha Malhotra and Patrizia Capogreco.
The full list of Rising Star winners:
Abbie Conneely – WTW
Abbie Hills – The Dazey Hills Company
Abigail Swerdlow – Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation trust and east London NHS Foundation Trust
Adele Bates – Behaviour and Education Specialist
Adetola Shasanya – Pepsico
Adina Pintilie – Rideway Information
Akua Opong – London Stock Exchange
Amy Baker – National Highways
Aneesa Sharif – PWC
Aneesah Sarwar – Barclays
Angel Zhou – Warwick Business School
Anna Radulovski – Womentech Network
Annika Allen – Barclays
Anya White – r10
Aparna Saroagi – Natwest
Ashwitha Bingumalla – Instinet
Aurelie Herrero – Bloomberg
Avye Couloute – Girls Into Coding
Bamidele Farinre – UKHSA
Bhairavi Sapre – Ministry of Defence/ British Army
Bola Adesina – LGIM
Caitlin McCall – The Manufacturing Technology Centre
Candida Paiva – PWC
Caroline Graham – Barclays
Cat Wildman – global Equality Collective
Catherine Kenny – EY
Chanelle Smith – NHS
Chanise Evans – BBC
Chantalle Sullivan – Industrial Construction (Sussex) LTD
Cheyenne Clark – Zone
Chloe Jones – Autism Together
Chloe Mae Austin – Babcock Land Defence
Chloe Stephens – Ministry of Defence – Submarine Delivery Agency
Claire Magudia – AON
Daniel López Rovira – OLIO
Diviya Devani – Q-CTRL
Ebinehita Iyere – Milk Honey Bees
Egbe Manton – Manton Legal Consultancy
Emily Jones – Atkins
Frances Scott – 50:50 Parliament
Gemma Timmons – Oliver Wyman
Georgia Mantzana – London Borough of Havering
Georgina Warren – IHG Hotels and Resorts
Greta McDonald – Sweet lounge
Hannah John – Black Cultural Archives
Harshitha Shivakumar – IBM
Hei Wan Mak – University College London
Hema Sood – Morgan Stanley
Hettle Vasani – Coty Inc.
Ian Clarke – Delight Consulting
Indie Gordon – Foundervine
Iona Gallagher – Covent Garden Family Law
Jenna Rainey – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Jennifer Kent – Latham & Watkins
Jessica O’Logbon – King’s College London
Joanna Wales – Ascot Racecourse
Judith Pomfret – Cavendish Nuclear
Kallie Halai – ARUP
Kanika Selvan – University of Sheffield
Karamjot Jaswal – IBM
Karen Holden – A City Law Firm
Kate Redfern – British Army
Katja Oakley-Bell – Quilter Financial Planning
Kelly Fox-Petersen – Tate & Lyle
Kelly Knight – Reed Smith
Kinjal Dave – Bae Systems
Kirsty Moore – HSBC
Kirsty Wigley-Smith – Logicmonitor
Laura Mahoney – Browne Jacobson LLP
Lauren Neal – BP
Lee Chambers – Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing
Lisa-Jayne Cook – GEA Heating and refrigeration Technologies
Louise Farrow – British Army
Lucia Urra Viana – Scottish Power
Lucy Nowak – Ferdi Restaurant
Lynette Kebirungi – Rolls-Royce
Lynette Wieland – Browne Jacobson
Marie Hemingway – Speak Out Revolution
Marny Moruzzi – Mott Macdonald/ Women in Transport
Marzia Bolpagni – MACE
Michelle Leivars – The Soap Sponge Company
Molly Dawson – UK Youth
Molly Scanlon – The Wine Society
Nadia Kruger – PWC
Neha Malhotra – J.P. Morgan Chase
Nicole Dellipiani – Bump to Bambino
Nicole Ponsford – Global Equality Collective
Nisha Long – Citywire
Patrizia Capogreco – 3M
Philippa Allen – AON
Philippa Allen – Epic Games Animation UK Limited
Preet Chandi – British Army
Priyaneet Kainth – Glaxosmithkline
Raven Cooke-Houston – Soho House
Rhianna Dineen – Ashton Gate Limited
Ria Johal – Amazon
Richard Pickard – Inclusive Search
Rimi Bassi – National Grid
Roselyn Baah – Seilern Investment Management Ltd
Rugiyya Gahramanli – London Stock Exchange Group
Rupali Sharma-Patel – Transport for London
Sam Cooper-Gray – HSBC
Sarah Chapman – 3M
Sarah Slack – Homes England
Sarah Woodard – H.I.G. Capital
Sheekeba Nasimi – Afghanistan and Central Asian Association
Sherena Masharani – Centrica
Shruti Saujani – England and Wales Cricket Board
Siobhan Duncan – Robotical
Stephen Gill – Salamander Limited
Trudianne Bedward – BBC
Victoria Kinkaid – British Army
William Torrie – Barclays
Xanthe Blain – Natwest
Yvette Kemp – British Army
For more details on the winner’s list, check here.
How do I nominate someone?
You can nominate someone online via the WeAreTheCity website, where you’ll be asked a little about yourself and why you think your nominee deserves to win.
Note that while their current position must be below director level, there is no age limit for nominees. This is because WeAreTheCity recognise that careers for women may follow different timescales. The organisation says it has “a responsibility to ensure that female talent, regardless of age and background, receives the necessary support and skills to transition into key decision-making roles.”
The website says individual winners will do one or more of the following:
- Demonstrate a high level of competence within their role
- Demonstrate a clear passion, this may be through extra curricular activities
- Pay it forward and help others (e.g. schools, networks, internal/external activities)
- Take charge of their own career, e.g. personal development
The call for entries closes on International Women’s Day on 8 March, so snap to it!
Alongside the individual industry awards, there are four other main categories:
The Champion award goes to five senior people of any gender who are actively supporting the female pipeline. This must be outside of their day job, but can be either within their organisation or outside of it.
Men for Gender Balance
This category is for men who are championing women and gender balance either inside or outside their organisation. For this award, nominees must be at least Director level (or equivalent) or above.
Company of the Year
Some companies are going above and beyond to promote gender equality and this award looks to celebrate them. Winners must clearly demonstrate that they are actively supporting their female talent pipeline through their initiatives, training, development programmes and internal employee relations and diversity network groups.
The winner of this category was R10 Consulting, which is a managing consultancy helping the global insurance market to help grow and develop their clients across all areas.
Global Award for Achievement
Finally, WeAreTheCity also wants to recognise talent outside of the UK with its Global Award for Achievement. The winner must be female, below director level and can work in any industry.
As we said, applications close on 8 March 2022. A panel of judges will then shortlist 10 women from each industry and winners will be decided through a public vote.
What are you waiting for? Get nominating, get voting and stay tuned for the final winners announcement on 24 May. By paying it forward, we can create a better future for all women, so let’s keep raising each other up higher.