Dr Deborah Gill, Interim Director of UCL Medical School, has jointly won the national Future Leaders Award from Women in the City (WIC), a highly respected, award-winning organisation that promotes, recognises and rewards female talent.
After hours of deliberation, the WIC panel agreed that both Deborah and Naomi Bowman (Senior Manager, HSBC) should be the joint winners of the award. This is a fantastic achievement for Deborah personally but also great recognition for UCL too.
Deborah commented “It is an incredible honour to be chosen as the winner of this illustrious award; especially to be selected from such a high calibre field of really excellent and dynamic finalists. Women in universities, especially those who are working at the cutting edge of the changing role of the university, need more recognition of their achievements. This recognition provides that vital support and encouragement.”
The Future Leaders Award, sponsored by the ICAEW, Google, HSBC and Penna, shines a spotlight on exceptional women and leadership talent. This year’s winners were selected from a shortlist of ten outstanding candidates, with the results announced at the 5th Future Leaders Award Ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall, in the City of London. The Award Ceremony followed a Celebration Breakfast and Symposium on the theme of The Global Leader, featuring keynote speaker Leire Jimenez Ayesa, CEO Asia-Pacific, Mapfre Group and 2011 Women in the City Future Leaders Award Winner.
Gwen Rhys, CEO of Networking Culture Ltd and founder of Women in the City, added “Five years ago we launched this Award and each year it continues to gain momentum. Our Awards act as a springboard for many women by focusing the spotlight of success on them. Rewarding and recognising women who demonstrate leadership qualities is an important part of the process of raising the profile of women who are making a contribution beyond their functional, technical or specialist area. Congratulations to our winners and finalists, and well done to our shortlisted candidates who faced stiff competition this year.”
The Women in the City Future Leaders Award is open to women working in any sector, function or role within the UK for organisations (private, public or third sector) employing 250 or more people.