Imelda O’Neill, Head of Commercial Banking Support, Royal Bank of Scotland, has won the 2013 Women in the City Future Leaders Award in recognition of her leadership potential and management skills.
The award for talented business women, sponsored by ICAEW and global HR specialists Penna, with Cranfield School of Management sponsoring the academic prize, acknowledges the achievements to date and the leadership potential of fast-track women in the early stages of their management career.
Strong, credible leaders
O’Neill said: “I am delighted to receive this award which recognises and promotes female talent within the City. Awards like this are hugely important as they encourage women to strive to reach their career potential and become strong and credible leaders. I'm particularly pleased to have won as the only shortlisted candidate from a bank. The sector has come long way in ensuring it is better at recognising talent but there is still much to do. RBS are leading the way in the sector with their numerous diversity programmes for their employees and their customers.
“I’m looking forward to attending the Cranfield University Women as Leaders programme, and sharing my learning with my colleagues. I would also like to thank Women in the City, Penna and ICAEW for this fantastic opportunity."
In selecting the overall winner from a shortlist of five, the judges were looking for the finalist who had reached the point at which the academic prize will have the most impact. As winner, O’Neill will receive a complimentary place on the renowned Cranfield Women as Leaders Programme. The Programme blends research and experience to deliver practical learning about leadership and making it to the top.
Gwen Rhys, CEO of Networking Culture Ltd and founder of Women in the City, said: “Our Future Leaders Award continues to go from strength to strength attracting high calibre entries and making the judging process difficult, as the women nominated and shortlisted as finalists are truly talented. This year was no exception. After much consideration the judges were delighted to bestow the Women in the City Future Leaders Award for 2013 to Imelda O’Neill.”
The other candidates shortlisted for the award were Alexandra Considine, Mobile Services Product Manager, Xchanging; Karen Hogg, Managing Director AXA Commercial and Personal Intermediary; Zarina Sabir, Group Chief Accountant, easyJet PLC; and Laura-Jane Smith, Clinical Teaching Fellow, UCL Medical School.
For information on forthcoming Women in the City events and awards visit www.citywomen.co.uk.