Women in the City Future Leaders Award Launches for 2013

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Nominations open on Monday 8th April 2013 http://www.citywomen.co.uk

2012 Future Leaders Award winner Amber Wilkinson, Finance Director, Health-on-Line, AXA PPP healthcare

In just three years, the Future Leaders Award has been able to identify significant female talent and raise the profile both internally and externally of its Finalists and Winners.

The Women in the City Future Leaders Award was officially launched today by Women in the City Founder, Gwen Rhys. From today nominations are invited from women working in professional practices, commercial organisations, and the public sector who can demonstrate leadership potential.

Now in its fourth successful year this award champions women who, at a relatively young age, are making a contribution beyond their functional, technical or specialist area. The Future Leaders Award also gives formal acknowledgement of their achievements to date plus highlights the leadership potential of fast-track women in the early stages of their management career.

The award scheme is sponsored by ICAEW and global HR specialists Penna, with Cranfield School of Management sponsoring the academic prize. The overall winner of the Future Leaders Award will receive a complimentary place on the renowned Cranfield Women as Leaders Programme which blends research and experience to deliver practical learning about leadership and making it to the top.

Importantly, nominations are sought from women working in London and the Home Counties who work in a range of industry sectors and undertake a variety of roles. Previous winning entrants have been exceptional and include:

  •     2012 Amber Wilkinson, Finance Director, Health-on-Line, AXA PPP healthcare
  •     2011 Leire Jimenez, MD, Mapfre Assistance China
  •     2010 Felicia Trewin, Partner, Deloitte.

Gwen Rhys, CEO of Networking Culture Ltd and founder of Women in the City commented; “In just three years, the Future Leaders Award has been able to identify significant female talent and raise the profile both internally and externally of its Finalists and Winners.

“These exceptional women will, I anticipate, be part of the cohort who will become tomorrow’s senior leaders thereby finally redressing the low numbers of women believed to be up to the demands of being executive directors in the UK’s leading businesses.”

Rhonda Martin, ICAEW Senior Talent Development Manager, said; “ICAEW is committed to supporting women in the profession through a range of leadership programmes including Women in Leadership, Women on Boards and the Financial Talent Executive Network (F-TEN). We’re therefore delighted to be able to support this award, which celebrates dynamic female leaders and builds the case to get more women into senior posts and to increase the number of women on boards”.

Bev White, Managing Director of HR Consulting, Penna Plc, added; “Developing female talent and leaders is something that Penna have always supported. We are delighted to be part of this important award”.

Nominations for the Women in the City Future Leaders Award 2013 open on Monday, 8th April 2013 and application forms will be sent to all nominated women. Application forms need to be completed and returned by 17th May 2013. A maximum of 10 candidates will be selected to be interviewed by the Judging Panel.

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