Rising Stars Awards 2015 – Top 50

WeAreTheCity are proud to announce the winners of their Top 50 Rising Star awards. These awards were introduced to showcase the pipeline of female talent below management and to create female 50 role models across 10 different industries and professions.  These Rising Stars are amazing women who have excelled in their careers, in their life and through adversity.

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WeAreTheCity are proud to announce the winners of their Top 50 Rising Star awards. The Rising Star awards were introduced to showcase the UK pipeline of female talent below management and to create female 50 role models across 10 different industries and professions.  

(Each Top 5 category is listed in alphabetical order)

Rising Stars in Banking

Emma Couper
Emma Couper is the EMEA Risk Regional Business Manager, within the Chief Risk Officers, Chief Operating Officer’s team. She is based in London. Emma joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in May 2010 as part of the Business Management team supporting the Head of EMEA Technology Infrastructure. She moved into her current role in August...
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Joy Adams
Joy works across the Compliance and Legal divisions of DB and focuses on issues related to culture, communication, and conduct. Prior to this, she worked in the Government and Regulatory Affairs Department as well as the Group Finance Communications and Engagement team, where she was responsible for the global launch of a Group Finance culture...
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Using my skills in organisation and Global Event Management gained from a 14 year career as a PA, I was promoted to a business analyst role in January 2014. In my current role, I have identified and networked together 1,200 people globally to standardise tools and methods used within their roles – and launched a...
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Lucy Brooker
Lucy has specialised in change management over her 13 year career at RBS, leading industry wide strategic programmes. With a passion for talent management, Lucy has recently turned her attention to driving Cultural Change, and is developing creative and inspiring training solutions for the Investment Banking business (Corporate and Institutional Banking) and generating an environment...
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Nicola Ruane
Nicola firmly believes that the finance sector has a responsibility to create a more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable world. From 2007 whilst working on a trading floor, Nicola began to question the negative impact of complex financial products on the wider economy. Following a career break in 2010 to work on a sustainability project...
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RISING Stars in Consultancy

I am a manager at PwC, having started on the Consulting graduate scheme in 2011 and worked my way up in the Operations consulting team. Since being at the firm, I have demonstrated passion for our people, our clients and our communities in the true ethos of PwC – “doing the right thing”. Our People:...
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Emily Thorpe
Emily, is an author, coach and inspirational speaker, who is passionate about transforming the lives of career or business mums, helping them go from tired, stressed, overwhelmed and feeling guilty to relaxed, calm, balanced and in control. Author of the book “The Working Mums 5-step Solution To Having It All”, Emily also offers talks, transformational...
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Jo Sweetland
I can’t tell you that I deserve to be shortlisted for this award and the outcome is not for me to decide, but what I can tell you is what I have learnt and how I try to pass on these lessons to the people I meet. It’s never sat comfortably with me being labelled,...
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Julia McColl
Julia McColl is a Principal Consultant at Capco London, with a proven track record of defining and delivering transformation programmes in Retail and Wealth Management, excelling in customer experience and return on investment. She has a strong track record of defining and delivering digital portfolios of over £30m of annual investment and is passionate about developing propositions...
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Sarah is a highly flexible and outcome focused Business Consultant at CGI (formally Logica), where she joined as a graduate five years ago. She is extremely dependable and organised, with the determination to deliver value as quickly as she can to her clients. The majority of Sarah’s experience is from the Banking sector where she...
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Rising Stars EA's & PA's

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My name is Debbie Grimshaw and I am Executive Assistant to Phil Jones, Managing Director of Brother UK, the Information, Communication and Technology Company. During...
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donna evans
Donna has been an assistant with Barclays for 21 years, joining the Structured Finance Team in 1994 where she worked for the departmental head. Following...
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Donna Olliver
I left Catering College not really knowing what to do, but knowing I didn’t want to be a chef, so I applied for various office...
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Sue Stoner
I am a passionate and busy PA working at PwC where I work for 3 partners and 3 directors. I have been here since 1988...
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Vicki joined Sodexo in 1994 following various PA roles within the pharmaceutical, IT and medical industries. Vicki left Sodexo in 1999 to become self-employed and...
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Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment

Angela Cooke
Angela Cooke is an experienced HR professional with specialist expertise in diversity, inclusion and employee wellbeing at PwC. She is a qualified business psychologist having...
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Becky Rogers
Growing up as one of three girls it is fair to say that I am the classic middle child! Overly Loud and regularly saying the...
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Mel Aston
I currently work as Group Talent & Development co-ordinator, the role began 3 ½ years ago with me supporting the Group Talent & Development Director...
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Mitra Janes
Last year, Mitra moved to the City from Ford Motor Company to take up a newly-established Diversity and Inclusion position at DLA Piper, one of...
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Rising Stars in Insurance

Caroline Renouf
I began my career in Insurance in 1995 when I left school. I went to work for a small family run firm that specialized in...
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Diane Kennedy
Diane is a solicitor in the Legal & Compliance team at Lloyd’s. Diane’s work spans a number of areas, including international licence development activity, IP/IT,...
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Dominique Liberto
I derive from a multicultural background, belonging to diverse nations including Italy, Malta, South Africa, England and Greece. I received an eclectic education in the...
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Nathalie Majls
Nathalie Majlis joined Barclays’s Corporate Banking Insurance Coverage team in 2013. She is responsible for building strategic relationships at the C-Suite and Treasury level to...
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Sarah Gerken
I have been in the insurance industry for over three and a half years, joining the Willis graduate scheme after my degree in European Studies...
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Rising Stars in Investment Management

Ashley Smith
Ashley has spent more than a decade in technology, most recently co-founding and running British Gas Venture Capital (BGVC). At BGVC, Ashley focuses on investing...
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After graduating in Economics at the University of Exeter, Gemma worked for a small NGO in Cameroon ‘an incredible experience, rewarding and very character building!’...
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Sarah Brakebill is a Sales Manager in the Global Financial Institutions group at BNY Mellon Investment Management and is responsible for managing sales relationships and...
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Stephanie Niven
Stephanie joined TPI in December 2012 as an Equity Portfolio Manager on the global equity team with responsibility for stock selection in the materials, energy...
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vinita ramtri
Vinita joined Financial Services in October 2012 and is the Head of Conduct Risk at one of the UK’s largest banks working with stakeholders globally...
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Rising Stars in Law

Alicia Millar
Alicia Millar is the EME Learning and Development Manager based in the Reed Smith London office. She joined the firm in April 2014 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where she was a manager in the global L&D team. Prior to this she worked as a Training Officer for Christie’s, the international auction house. Alicia’s responsibilities in...
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Caroline Andrews
I am extremely flattered to have been nominated for this award but this also reflects the team ethic that we produce at the firm. I started working in law because I wanted to help families get through their most difficult moments, and my developing practise of fertility law was a natural result of that. Through...
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Gemma Lodge
With tremendous hard work and talent, Gemma has built a career for herself in the Real Estate team at DLA Piper and is now a highly regarded associate in the London-office. When Gemma first joined DLA Piper as an office assistant almost 19 years ago she had no inkling as to the opportunities that might...
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Rashida Abdulai
Rashida Abdulai is a Senior Associate and Solicitor-Advocate within the renowned International Arbitration practice at international law firm Hogan Lovells. She acts for multinational companies on complex, high-value international business disputes across a range of industry sectors including energy and natural resources, telecommunications, consumer goods and banking and financial services. As a strong proponent of...
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Rising Stars in Media & Journalism

Emma Al-Munshi
Moving from the Middle East to the UK at a very young age and having experienced adversity growing up, Emma channelled those experiences into her...
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Gemma Guise
Managing director of Journolink, founder of Primedia Solutions, CEO of disguisepr and part time personal trainer. I’m passionate about all the businesses I am involved...
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Jessica Gioglio
Jessica Gioglio is the Head of Content Lab at Sprinklr and co-author of, “The Power of Visual Storytelling: How to How to Use Visuals, Videos,...
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tamara leigh
Tamara Leigh is a communications and advocacy consultant, who works with international aid agencies and the media to raise awareness on issues of humanitarian concern....
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Victoria Smith
She might have been brought up in the small village of Abbots Bromley, in Staffordshire, but Victoria Smith has big ambitions. A freelance writer in...
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Rising Stars in Sport

Alice Powell
Alice started karting when she was 8 years old and has been a motorsport fan all her life. At 22 years old, she has had...
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I am a runner, adventurer, personal trainer and nutrition coach. Last year I raised over £53,000 for the Isabelle Lottie Foundation by running 53 marathons...
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Annie Zaidi
I come from a traditional Pakistani Muslim background, I studied BA Hons English Literature at Northampton University and went onto study Durham University to study...
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Emma Mason
I am a trainee solicitor at the firm of Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP but alongside this I have held a number of positions within...
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Liv Cooke
Only professional female football freestyler in the UK, at 16 years old I can happily say I’ve achieved all of this myself from the countless...
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Rising Stars in Technology

Isla Kennedy Accenture
I am a technology consultant, working within Accenture’s Digital Practice and specialising in Mobility, with expertise in corporate mobile device services and operations, as well...
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I am a Chartered Civil Engineer and “Project Manager for Tunnels and Shafts” on the prestigious £1bn Northern Line Extension project in the heart of...
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I value being an ambassador for the technology community, demonstrating female contribution and innovation to the industry. I started my career as an apprentice in...
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Polina Zabelina
Polina Zabelina is a chartered Corrosion Engineer in BP Upstream Engineering Centre Team. In her current role she supports BP Projects and Operations by providing...
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Rashada Harry
In a professional capacity Rashada is responsible for driving fixed infrastructure business opportunities at Vodafone Global Enterprise. She possesses a strong track record of new...
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