WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards 2022 winners revealed

This year, Marie Claire partnered with WeAreTheCity on its Rising Star Awards to champion up-and-coming female talent in the UK 

Rising Stars Awards
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This year, Marie Claire partnered with WeAreTheCity on its Rising Star Awards to champion up-and-coming female talent in the UK 

Across different sectors, women in the UK are driving their industries forward and helping to shape the future

WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards, powered by the Royal Bank of Canada, celebrated 100 of the UK's most dynamic change makers last night and showcased the impact they are making on their industries. Since 2015, the awards have been shining a light on women's achievements and championing equality with a goal to showcase 1,000 outstanding women by 2025. 

WeAreTheCity founder Vanessa Vallely OBE celebrated the Rising Stars Awards 2022 at a glittering ceremony on 14 July in London
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Highlighting women’s achievements not only promotes the female talent that exists across the UK and inspires younger women, 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 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.

The results 

The results of 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 entered, 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.

Marie Claire's Editor-in-Chief, Andrea Thompson was one of numerous speakers at the Rising Stars Awards ceremony
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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 who spoke about the importance of male allies in the workplace, as well as Wellbeing of Women CEO Janet Lindsay, and actress come singer-songwriter Chloe Kennedy.

A charity raffle held during the evening saw an impressive £3,300 raised for Wellbeing of Women organisation which invests in groundbreaking health research that saves lives .

Rising Stars winners

All of the Rising Stars winners 2022
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The full winner's list

The Rising Star Awards 2022 were given 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 recognising the true breadth of talent in the room.

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 R10 Consulting 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 at the next awards? 

If you wish to take part in next year's awards ceremony, you don't have to wait too long as voting for the Rising Stars Award 2023 will open in January next year.

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.”

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

Kate Hollowood
Kate Hollowood is a freelance journalist and writes about a range of topics for Marie Claire UK, from reports on royal news and current affairs to features on health, careers and relationships. Based in London, Kate has also written for titles like the i paper, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan and It’s Nice That.