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.
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