From mathematicians to Paralympic gold medallists, the Women of the Future Awards celebrate the best of upcoming female British talent…reports Asian Lite News

The winners of 2016 Women of the Future Award
The winners of 2016 Women of the Future Award

 The Women of the Future [WOF] Awards announced the winners of the 2016 Awards at an event in London in the presence of WOF founder Pinky Lilani CBE DL, WOF patron Cherie Blair CBE, QC, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE, and the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.

In a year of global disruption, highlighting successful, young women as some of our future leaders has never been more important. The UK has this year seen its second female Prime Minister come to power, however women still hold only around 7% of the world’s leading political offices, while commercial leadership is no better, with almost four in ten businesses in G7 countries having no women among their senior management teams.. Aviva was the headline sponsor,]

Commenting on the Awards, Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder and Chair, Women of the Future said, “We are delighted to celebrate the remarkable personal and professional achievements of the winners of this year’s Women of the Future Awards. The WOF network grows stronger every year as we recognise the young women who are together shaping Britain’s future through their shared passion, determination, and kindness. Congratulations to all the winners!”

Asian Network's Chayya Syal with the Media Award
Asian Network’s Chayya Syal with the Media Award

Aviva Group CEO, Mark Wilson, said: ““I want a world with no barriers. No glass ceiling. Nothing that stops women fulfilling their potential. Aviva is delighted to support Women of the Future because it’s an important step towards turning that vision into reality. But we still have a long way to go.”

The WOF Awards, now in their 11th year, therefore continue to play a hugely important role, recognising, inspiring and offering practical support to the inspirational young female stars of today and tomorrow. They are open to women aged 35 or under and celebrate talent across categories including business, culture, media, technology and sport.

The WOF Awards are one component of a wider ‘Week of Women’ running from 13-18 November, coordinated by WOF, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Wilton Park, including a WOF International Summit held in London yesterday, bringing over 300 young female leaders from over 25 countries around the world.

From a double Paralympic gold medallist to a screenwriter and producer making waves in the UK film industry, this year’s list of WOF Awards winners demonstrates the strength and diversity of rising female talent in Britain today.

In the Science category, Dr Maria Bruna was selected for her work on applied mathematics in industry and biology, which has seen her become the first mathematician to be awarded a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship. Maxine Mackintosh was awarded the Technology and Digital award for her work as Chair of HealthTech Women UK, which provides a platform to give both inspiration and practical support to help women become leaders in medical innovation.

The Sport category winner was Danielle Brown MBE, an archer who has proven that disability is no barrier to achievement. Danielle spent her entire international career as world number 1, winning gold in two consecutive Paralympic Games and three World Championships, before setting up her own training and speaking company. Meanwhile, Arts & Culture winner Sheila Nortley is a London-based screenwriter and film producer whose work has been celebrated across the UK and the US.

12 women were selected as category winners by a judging panel chaired by Sir John Peace, Chairman of Burberry Group & Standard Chartered. The full list of winners is:

  • Arts and Culture: Sheila Nortley, Screenwriter, Dreamscape Films
  • Business: Alex Newbould, Head of Pricing Strategy, Asda
  • Community Spirits: Natalie Campbell, Founder, A Very Good Company
  • Entrepreneurship: Brynne Herbert, CEO, MOVE Guides
  • MBA Star: Julia Paykin, MBA Candidate, London Business School
  • Media: Chayya Syal, Broadcast Journalist and Blogger, BBC Asian Network and Avid Scribbler
  • Professions: Fayola Yeboah, Head of Contracts & Legal, UK & Ireland, Manpower Group
  • Real Estate, Infrastructure and Construction: Bryony Day, Associate, Arcadis
  • Science: Dr Maria Bruna, Junior Research Fellow in Mathematics, University of Oxford
  • Sport: Danielle Brown MBE, Company Director, Danielle Brown
  • Technology and Digital: Maxine Mackintosh, Chair, HealthTech Women
  • Young Star (for high achievers aged 16-21): Nusrath Hassan, Alumna, Mulberry School for Girls

In addition to the above, each year the Awards also recognise a mentor and company that have gone above and beyond to support our future female leaders. This year’s winners were:

  • Mentor of the Year:Tamara Box, Managing Partner EME, Reed Smith
  • Corporate Award: London Stock Exchange Group




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