Five High Flyers Named as Finalists for the Coveted Women in the City Future Leaders Award 2013

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Now in its fourth successful year the Future Leaders Award champions women who demonstrate leadership potential as well as an exceptional range of skills.

Women in the City Future Leaders Award Finalists 2013

Pictured above (from left to right) are: Imelda O'Neill, Laura-Jane Smith, Zarina Sabir, Alexandra Considine, and Karen Hogg. Photography by Karla Gowlett

Congratulations to our Future Leader Award finalists for 2013. Our judging process is robust and these five finalists have worked hard to secure their place at the top.

Women in the City is delighted to announce the five finalists for Women in the City Future Leaders Award for 2013. The 2013 finalists are:

  • Alexandra Considine, Mobile Services Product Manager, Xchanging
  • Karen Hogg, Managing Director, Personal Lines Intermediary, AXA
  • Imelda O’Neill, Head of Commercial Banking Support, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Zarina Sabir, Group Chief Accountant, easyJet PLC
  • Laura-Jane Smith, Clinical Teaching Fellow, UCL Medical School

Nominations for the Future Leaders Award were sought from women working in professional practices, commercial organisations and the public sector in London and the Home Counties. All entrants were required to demonstrate leadership potential as well as an exceptional range of skills.

The finalists will now go on to compete for the overall Future Leaders Award with the winner receiving a complimentary place on the renowned Cranfield Women as Leaders Programme. The Programme blends research and experience to deliver practical learning about leadership and making it to the top.

Now in its fourth successful year the Future Leaders Award champions women who, at a relatively young age, are making a contribution beyond their functional, technical or specialist area. The 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. Gwen Rhys, CEO of Networking Culture Ltd and founder of Women in the City commented; “This year we received the largest number of nominations for the Future Leaders Award, and it is great to see people backing their young leaders. Identifying significant female talent, raising their profiles, and acknowledging their contribution to date remains at the heart of our Award scheme.

“As with all our awards the Women in the City judging process is robust and these five finalists have worked hard to secure their place at the top. We now wish them all the best as they go head-to-head to try to secure the overall Award.”

The 4th Future Leaders Award Ceremony will take place at a Celebration Breakfast held at the historic Trinity House close to Tower Hill on Friday 12 July where the winner will be announced. To book a seat at the Breakfast visit http://www.citywomen.co.uk .

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