About the Woman of Achievement Award
Launched in 2007, the award recognises senior level women who are actively promoting and encouraging the progress of women above and beyond their everyday job.
Following nomination and completion of an Application form, a maximum of 5 candidates per Category are selected by the Main Judging Panel to go forward as Category Award Finalists.
The Finalists are interviewed by specialist Judging Panels drawn together by each cateogory's Endorser. Each Endorser selects its Category Winner.
The winner of the overall Woman of Achievement Award is selected from the Women in the City Category Award Winners and will benefit from receiving the Academic Prize - a place on the reknowned Accelerated Development Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business whose Executive Development Programs have been ranked 6th in the world (Financial Times Rankings, 2012)
View a video of the Chicago Booth ADP program featuring Woman of Achievement Award Winners, Pam Jackson (Parnter, PwC) and Denise Jagger (Partner, Eversheds LLP.
Women in the City Category Awards
The following categories have been confirmed for 2013:
Accountancy, Build Environment, Facilities Management, Financial Services, Insurance, Legal, Medicine/Healthcare and Technology.
Category Award Criteria
Who is eligible to be nominated?
Candidates should be
- women who have a significant sphere of influence and be operating at partner or senior management level in one of the Award Categories
- working in the UK for organisations employing 250+
- going above and beyond their designated role/job to support women
Women working in HR/Diversity roles are not eligible.
What are the other criteria?
Woman of Achievement Category Award candidates will need to
- clearly demonstrate their leadership ability
- show evidence of commitment to and the action they have taken to support the personal and professional development of women in within their organisation and in their profession
- have the ability to build, nurture and leverage strategic networks to support personal and professional development
Judges will also be assessing candidates'
- impact and visibility in their sector
- willingness to support progress of women in the wider business world
The sectors/functions shown in each Category are for guideline only and are not exhaustive, but are given to provide an overview of sectors covered by each Category and help nominators and applicants select the most appropriate Category.
Accountants working either in accountancy practices or other organisations.
Endorsed by Institute of Chartered Accountants for England & Wales
Architects, surveyors, structural and civil engineering, construction project management, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, mechanical and electrical engineering, asset management, property development
Those responsible for a wide range of outsourced services including catering, cleaning, landscaping, pest control, reception & telephony, security, waste & environmental management, front-of-house services, event management, building management and maintenance, energy, security, fabric, fit-out and interiors, workplace solutions, M&E.
Retail and Investment Banking, Hedge funds, Wealth Management, Asset Management, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Investment advice and Financial planning.
Endorsed by British Bankers' Association
Broking, underwriting, reinsurance.
Solicitors, barristers, in-house lawyers and chartered legal executives currently in practice and members of the judiciary.
Endorsed by The Bar Council
Qualified Doctors and Senior Healthcare professionals working within Hospitals, General Practice, Healthcare, NHS/Private Practice and Allied Health Professions
Endorsed by The Medical Women's Federation
IT practitioners working in ICT organisations or other sectors - such as finance, accountancy, law, health, personnel, marketing and PR.
Endorsed by The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
Sponsored by Google
Why make a nomination
Nominating someone for an Award is a great way to recognise and reward the achievements of a colleague, client, customer or friend and for employers to acknowledge the often hidden pool of talent within their offices.
- Show her you recognise the contribution she makes in her organisation/sector.
- Celebrate her achievements.
- Support her to advance her career through enhanced media coverage.
- Raise awareness of her contribution in the workplace to a wider audience.
- Enable her to access personal development opportunities through our Prize Package.
- Give her access to networking and collaboration opportunities across the professions.
- Promote her employer's brand.
How to nominate
Main Judging Panel
Susan Vinnicombe OBE MA PhD MCIM FRSA
Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Diversity Management
Director of the Leadership and Organisation Development Community
Director of the Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders
Cranfield School of Management
Susan's particular research interests are gender diversity on corporate boards, women's leadership styles, and the issues involved in women developing their managerial careers. Her Research Centre is unique in Europe with its focus on women leaders and the annual Female FTSE Report is regarded as the premier research resource on women directors in the UK.
Susan has written ten books and over one hundred articles, reports and conference papers. "Women on Corporate Boards of Directors - International Research and Practice" (with R. Burke, D. Bilimoria, M. Husen and V. Singh published by Edward Elgar) was published in 2009. Her latest book "Handbook of Research on Promoting Women's Careers" (with R. Burke, L. Moore and S. Blake-Beard) will be published with Edward Elgar in 2012.
Susan has consulted for organisations in over twenty countries including the UAE, Sultanate of Oman, Kingdoms of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia on how best to attract, retain and develop women executives. She has advised government in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Finland and Spain on how to increase the number of women on their corporate boards. Susan is regularly interviewed in the press and on the radio and television for her expert views on women directors, and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences. Susan is the founder and Chair of the judges for Women in the City Awards. She is a Board member of the Saudi British Joint Business Council and Vice Patron of Working Families, a charity. She is also Visiting Professor of Curtin University, Graduate Business School, Perth, Australia. Susan is a member of the Davies Steering Committee.
Susan was awarded an OBE for her Services to Diversity in the Queen's New Year's Honour List in 2005.
Jacey Graham is a Director of Brook Graham Limited, a specialist global Diversity & Inclusion firm whose clients are large multi-national companies. Before co-founding the business in 2004, she was head of Diversity Strategy at Shell, and spent 20 years in financial services in the City, holding various corporate HR roles, including head of Executive Succession for Lloyds TSB.
Jacey has particular expertise in building female talent pipelines. She co-directs the UK FTSE 100 Cross Company Mentoring Programme, is co-author of 'A Woman's Place is in the Boardroom' and the successful follow-up book 'The Roadmap’. She is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield’s Centre for Women in Business, and is a judge on the Opportunity Now awards as well as the Woman of Achievement Award.
Jacey has a BA from Exeter University, is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a member of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coopers and a Freeman of the City of London.
Denise Jagger is a partner with international law firm Eversheds. After several years at Slaughter and May as a corporate finance lawyer, Denise joined the board of Asda and was part of the highly successful turnaround team which led to the eventual acquisition of Asda by Wal Mart. At Eversheds she focuses on client service, helping to bridge the worlds of technical legal expertise and the commercial demands of clients. For many years Denise has successfully promoted Diversity throughout all levels of an organisation and was recently recognised for this work being named Women in the City, Woman of Achievement 2012. Denise is a non executive director of the British Olympic Association and the house building company Bellway, Vice Chairman of the Northern Ballet and a board member at the University of York.
She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Leeds Metropolitan University in the summer of 2013 for both her contribution to law and education and in recognition of herchampioning women’s development in business.
Arnold Longboy is the Managing Director of Executive Education and External Relations at the European Campus of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Based in London he is responsible for building corporate relationships through leadership and management programmes of senior executives throughout the EMEA region.
Arnold currently serves as Co-chair of the research committee at UNICON, the global consortium of business-school-based executive education organizations.
Prior to his relocation to London in 2005 Arnold managed a portfolio of executive development programmes from Booth's campus in Chicago. There he also worked with corporate partners interested in opportunities at Booth's campus in Singapore.
Before joining Booth, Arnold was Director of Educational Programmes at Harvard Medical International and an accountant at the firm Arthur Andersen & Co.
Outside of the office and classroom Arnold plays and coaches baseball. He coaches for the little league team which won the 2010 British National championship and is also player-manager for the Herts Raptors based in Hertfordshire, England.
He received his Ed.M. from Harvard University, MSPA from the University of Hartford, and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Karina Robinson is the co-founder of Robinson Hambro Ltd. The firm focuses on Board Search and provides chairman advisory services. She co-led headhunter Saxton Bampfylde’s Board Practice, advising on non-executive appointments across all sectors, during 2010. From 2000 to 2008 she was Senior Editor of The Banker magazine with ‘Karina’s Kolumn’ being her trademark. Concurrently, she was the International Herald Tribune’s banking columnist.
Karina was formerly Political & Economic Correspondent at Bloomberg/TV and began her career at merchant bank Morgan Grenfell as the Spanish Equity Analyst. She was educated in Madrid, at the Hotchkiss School in the US and at the London School of Economics where she studied economics and international relations. She is fluent in four languages. She sits on the judging panel for Women in the City.
She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers, a City of London livery company, and a member of the Communications Committee. She chairs the editorial board of LID UK, a business publisher. Additionally, she is a member of the Kilfinan Group which mentors CEOs of charities.
Hilary Sears has both private and public sector experience at senior levels. Recently she completed a 15 month secondment in the Cabinet Office where she headed the Brokerage Unit, which offers career support to senior civil servants across Whitehall, and inputs into the succession planning and talent management programmes. After a first career in advertising and marketing, Hilary took an MBA at Cranfield before moving into executive search which has given her over 20 years of search and leadership assessment experience, leading assignments for local and global clients across general management, marketing and sales, finance and human resources. As a professional, she built a reputation for quality, tenacity and strong client relationships. She sits on the Board of the Cranfield Management Association, and is a frequent presenter at business schools. She was elected as Chairman of the Association of MBAs in 2007, and is keen to reach out to both schools and students. She has also been active in trying to promote women onto boards, speaking at conferences, chairing City Women’s Network, sitting on the boards of International Women’s Forum and UK Forum, and recently chairing their Board Initiative.
Chris Seow is Principal Lecturer in Operations and Sustainability at Royal Docks Business School, University of East London. He also holds a number of external academic appointments, including Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, London, Visiting Professor at Hainan University, China and Editorial Review Board member of the Journal of Operations Management. He acts as expert advisor to the JISC Relationship Management Programme.
Chris has over 25 years’ experience of publishing, teaching and communicating business ideas and practices in dynamic and culturally diverse areas across Europe and the Far East. In addition to his academic role, he is consultant to leading organisations, and specialises in Lean Six Sigma to deliver major process improvements.
A committed advocate for management and leadership excellence and sustainable working practices, Chris is also passionate about strengthening links between academia and business. A former Chairman of the City of London Branch of the Chartered Management Institute, he is now its Vice-President. He is Freeman of the City of London and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders.
Category Judging Panels
Each Category has its own judging panel made up of influential players in the sector. We shall publish names as we are notified. With the exception of the Panels in brackets ALL Judging Panels will be held on 9 October 2013. (11 October for Accountancy & 14 October 2013 for Legal)
Sharron Gunn, Executive Director ICAEW
Rhonda Martin, Senior Talent Development Manager ICAEW
Carla Stent, Executive and Non-Executive Director
Andy Ford BEng, Past CIBSE President, Professor of Systems Engineering in Built Environment at London South Bank University
Caroline Stassen MEng MCIBSE, Environmental Engineer, Building Design Partnership
Susan Hone-Brookes MSc, CEng, FCIBSE, Environmental Leader - Crown House Technologies
Harriet Minter, The Guardian 'Women in Leadership' section head
Angela Brady, Immediate Past President RIBA, Architect and TV broadcaster. Director at Brady Mallalieu Architects
Christine Murray, Editor at The Architects Journal
David Emanuel, MD, I-fm.net
Claudia Halabi, FMA Young Managers Forum, Recruitment officer, Jones Lang La Salle
Fiona Perrin, Marketing Director, HSS Hire
Rebecca Stevenson, WOA Category Winner 2013 & Head of Inclusion, Business Services, Royal Bank of Scotland
Heidi Stone, Sales & Marketing Director, Gather & Gather
Mary Taffler, Secretary, FMA Ltd
Sonia Brown MBE, Founder & Director, National Black Women's Network
Patricia Easterbrooke, Director, British Bankers' Association
Helen Loveless, Enterprise Editor, Mail on Sunday
Sally Scutt, Deputy Chief Executive, British Bankers’ Association
Stuart Reid, Executive Chairman, Bluefin
Jennifer Jarrett, IMC 2000 Ltd
Elinor Zuke, News Editor, Insurance Times
Nicholas Lavendar QC, Vice-Chairman, The Bar Council
Lucinda Orr, Chairman, The Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry
Catherine Baksi, Law Society Gazette
Dr Fiona Cornish, MWF President
Dr Judith Mirksy, Junior Doctor
Dr Sally Davies, MWF President-Elect
Flavia Munn, Senior Writer BMA News
Jonathan Soar - Deputy Master, Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
Kerri Mansfield – Court Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
Kirstin Duffield - Freeman, Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
The Woman of Achievement Award has a rigorous judging process:
- 20 September: Closing date for Application forms to be returned to Women in the City
- 27 September : Application forms reviewed by members of the the Judging Panel and short-list a maximum of 5 Candidates per Category
- 9 October: Category Award Candidates interviewed by members of the Category Judging Panel
- 11 October: Accountancy Category Candidates interviewed by members of the Category Judging Panel
- 14 October: Legal Category Award Candidates interviewed by members of the Category Judging Panel
- 24 October: Category Award Winners announced at the Celebration Evening sponsored by Bryan Cave LLP
- mid-November: Category Award Winners undergo individual interview
- 29 November: Woman of Achievement Winner announced at the Annual Celebration Lunch
The Women in the City Awards programme stands out from the crowd not only because of its rigorous judging process but also because of the unique award package.
Each Category Award Winner receives a:
- framed certificate
- lasting memento presented by the Award Sponsor
The Woman of Achievement Award Winner also benefits from
- a place on the renowned University of Chicago Booth School of Business Accelerated Development Program (value £16K)
In addition, there are personal and professional benefits of winning an award which include:
- enhanced internal and external visibility through media coverage
- personal recognition from clients and customers
- improved career prospects and
- invitations to exclusive Women in the City events
Category Award Winners Celebration Evening. Open to candidates for the Category Awards together with those who nominated them; representatives from our Partners, Category Award Sponsors and Endorsers, specially invited guests and others who want to be part of the celebrations.
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