Now in their fifth year, The WeAreTheCity (WATC) Rising Stars Awards 2019 are now open for nominations. The Awards focus on the achievements of women below senior management or director level, from across a range of industries. They are representing the female talent pipeline and the next generation of future leaders.

I am honoured and humbled to be asked to be a Judge again for this year’s WATC Rising Stars Awards’. Founder of WATC, Vanessa Vallely, has been a huge supporter of our SceneChange training programmes. I’m delighted to help shine the light on inspirational women and I know they will be trailblazing in the future.

Mairi McHaffie, Founder and Managing Director, SceneChange

Mairi McHaffie believes it takes confidence and determination to aim higher than we are often expected to do. She is passionate about people being recognised and rewarded for their efforts and show the best of themselves.

The Rising Stars awards, powered by The Times and The Sunday Times, recognise the efforts of senior leaders who are championing gender equality. Above all, they are putting the spotlight on a ‘company of the year’ and are actively supporting the female talent pipeline above and beyond industry norms.

A shortlist of ten women from each industry category and ten from the Champion category, alongside three shortlisted companies for the Company of the Year award, will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges. Therefore, WATC are enabling individuals to show their support for a specific shortlisted individual in a public vote. After that, winners will be announced at the prestigious evening reception at The Sheraton Hotel, Park Lane, London. Tickets will be available to purchase via the Rising Star website. Nominate an amazing women today!