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Temitope Roberta Lawal shares her experience of winning Top 100 Rising Star Award 2016

Temitope Roberta Lawal shares her experience of winning Top 100 Rising Star Award 2016

I’m honoured to have won the Top 100 WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award in the Public Sector category. I collected my award at a fabulous ceremony, held at Barclays HQ, in London, on 30 June 2016, together with sponsors, friends and supporters.

In February 2016, WeAreTheCity ran the Rising Star Awards programme. The aim of the awards, now in their second year, is to identify future women leaders, role models across twenty different industries, showcase the UK pipeline of female talent, as well as celebrating their hard work.

850 individuals entered the competition and were judged by a panel of 21 Independent Judges. The public vote resulted in over 28,000 votes from across 118 countries.

It started as a lovely journey, by being shortlisted out of 850 nominees, and being invited to the shortlisting celebration event at Bloomberg in May. I’m grateful to my colleagues in HR, in the Coaching Squared Programme, in the PROUD network across the Civil Service and to my friends, both in London and abroad, for voting for me.

It was such a humbling experience to be awarded and recognised for my current work, as a Recruitment Hub Manager, at the Ministry of Justice and for my position as a Magistrate, a Justice of the Peace. It was amazing to be under the same roof, to be able to share experiences and to network with so many inspirational women, not only from the public sector, but also from defence, legal, academia, banking, consultancy, technology, insurance and many more fields.

After my LLB (Hons) Law degree, Legal Practice Course, International Master in Law and throughout my 11 years as a Civil Servant, I have been fortunate to work in managerial roles across various Government Departments.

I’ve held operational, policy and HR roles, all the positions have been extremely interesting and stimulating. For example, in my current role, other than assuming responsibility and managing the delivery by my team of a service of recruitment, I have also driven forward the delivery and the reporting of new ‘time to hire’ metrics’, working with internal and external stakeholders. This is a challenging position that I enjoy, as each day brings something new. I’ve the opportunity to lead or to be involved in various areas, including bringing changes to the way we recruit or looking at options to increase diversity within our recruitment.

In addition, I’m passionate about my role as a Magistrate. I’m committed to it, as it allows me to help others and my local community. I sit in court, as part of a bench, to hear evidence during criminal cases, to decide whether a defendant is guilty and, if they are, to determine on an appropriate sentence. I’m proud of it and I take it very seriously, because I believe that by giving my time to serve as a Justice of the Peace, I contribute to the Criminal Justice system as a whole.

Well, this year has been my opportunity to accept the WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award in the Public Sector, I hope that next year there will be many more women shortlisted and winners from the Ministry of Justice.

WeAreTheCity runs a beautiful and supportive platform for women, it is great to be part of it and to contribute to it.

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