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First Women of Media: 2013 shortlist

Another extraordinary year for the First Women of Media award. Here are the women in contention:

Jodie Ginsberg, deputy director, Demos Finance…

  • Was one of the youngest ever female editorial managers when appointed, in 2007, London bureau chief for Reuters;
  •  Helped lead the merger of UK newsroom of Thomson Financial and Reuters;
  • Now seeking to break down barriers in male-dominated financial services, as deputy director of Demos Finance; and
  • ?With the necessary funding, I would like to be able to do more to support education in South Africa, where my father was born and where I had my first posting with Reuters?.

Lindsay Pattison, CEO, Maxus UK & CSO Maxus Global…

  • Joined Maxus UK as the company’s first ever female CEO;
  • Over four years, transformed a media agency of 30 people billing £40m into a top ten UK agency billing £300m-plus;
  • First female agency head to join the World Economic Forum Global Council; and
  • Ambition to be the first female global CEO of a media agency.

Sue Rowe, VFX supervisor, Method Studios…

  • One of only two female visual effects supervisors in the world;
  • The only female VFX supervisor in the UK;
  • The only woman on the longlist of Oscar nominees for Disney’s John Carter in 2013; and
  • “I am interested in this exposure to highlight the role of females in the VFX industry today. I have no woman ahead of me to look up to as a role model. It would be great to have others knowing there is a woman ahead of them who they can aspire to and excel beyond .

Nora Senior, executive chair, UK Regions and Ireland, Weber Shandwick…

  • Was the youngest MD of a UK plc when appointed MD at Saatchi and Saatchi in 1987;
  • Built her own PR business, merging it with Weber Shandwick in 1998;
  • The first female chair of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce in its 65-year history and, in 2009, became the only female director of the British Chambers of Commerce; and
  • Committed mentor whose vision is ?to have more female voices at the business table .

Julie Walters, managing director, Tudor Reilly…

  • In 1991, at the end of the first Gulf War, one of the first women reporters to enter Kuwait following its liberation;
  • Creator of online ?patient-centered communities?;
  • Tudor Reilly’s hepatitis C site, launched in Mandarin, broke new ground by reaching out to people seeking health information online in China;
  • President of the UK Entrepreneurs’ Organisation; and
  • Ambition to open offices in mainland Europe and China to develop online health communities in those countries and languages.

Why not join us at the 2013 First Women Awards ceremony, in association with Lloyds Banking Group” This special night takes place at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on Wednesday June 12, 2013, and is hosted by the incomparable broadcaster and sports presenter, Clare Balding.

First Women Awards supporters include: the CBI, Accenture, Alexander Charles, benenden health, Centrica, COINS, IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers),  ICAEW, Land Rover, Real Business, CfEL (Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School), and the Huffington Post.


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