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This week we’re joining the search for the 2017 Women in the City Future Leaders Award Winner. Who are you going to nominate?

Launched in 2010, run by Women in the City and sponsored by HSBC and ICAEW, the Future Leaders Award is open to women  in any sector, function and role, working anywhere in the UK for organisations employing over 250 people. There are no age restrictions, and the Award recognises the achievements and leadership potential of fast-track women in the early stages of their career.

You can nominate yourself or someone else with the potential to make a strategic contribution to senior leadership teams, reach C-suite positions, have a seat on the Executive Board or become a Partner in professional firms.

Nominees for the Future Leaders Award should

  • demonstrate leadership potential
  • show commitment to personal and professional development
  • be making a contribution beyond their functional, technical or specialist area
  • have strategic networking capability
  • show a heightened sense of self-awareness

The winner will be offered a complimentary place on the ICAEW’s Women in Leadership Programme.

Last year’s Award

Last year’s Award saw a record number of entries. The five finalists were drawn from the worlds of banking, travel, management consultancy and the NHS.

The 2016 winner, Kitty McCormick – Director, Lending and Capital Management at Coutts – is responsible for identifying, coordinating and delivering continuous improvement initiatives to the Coutts Lending and Capital Management business. She also represents the bank on the Wealth Management Association’s Millennial Forum, sits on the RBS Commercial & Private Banking Junior Management Team and is a member of the Coutts Women’s Network Committee.

Future Leaders Award finalists 2016
The Future Leaders Award 2016 finalists. The winner – Kitty McCormick – is at the top.

According to the Women in the City website, most Future Leaders Award finalists achieve promotions or are given more more stretching opportunities shortly after the Award. This is not only because of the increased profile the Award gives them, both also because competing for it increases their confidence and courage.

For example, the 2011 Award Winner Leire Jimenez of Mapfre moved from European Sales Director to Managing Director China to CEO Asia Pacific within two years. And, even those candidates who don’t progress through the judging process say they found the experience of completing the application form, which required them to step back and review their career, a valuable process that helped them clarify their future career aims and aspirations.

So, what are you waiting for?

Deadline for Future Leaders Award nominations

To nominate yourself, a friend or colleague, fill out the short and simple online form by 31 March. The only information you’ll need to get the ball rolling is your contact details, along with your nominee’s name, job title, organisation and email address. You’ll also need to provide a few details about their or – if you’re nominating yourself role – your role. If you’re nominating someone else, you can choose to do so anonymously.

Find out more on the Future Leaders Award website.

The Future Leaders Award trophy
The Future Leaders Award trophy

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