We are proud to announce the top 10 shortlisted individuals for the Charity category, sponsored by Cancer Research UK

The individuals contained within the shortlist are now able to receive public votes of support. If you wish to show your support, please cast your vote below.

We look forward to welcoming all shortlisted nominees to our celebration drinks reception sponsored by Bloomberg on 8 June.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our judges for their time and to wish all nominees the very best of luck in the next round of judging.

Shortlist in Charity

Bukola Adisa | Career Masterclass

Bukola Adisa is a senior Compliance and Financial Crime expert with extensive experience in the Financial Services Industry. She is currently the Head of Europe Regulatory Compliance Monitoring and Testing at HSBC where she leads a team of 110 professionals in executing compliance reviews across all lines of business in the region. Until recently, she was the Global Head of Financial Crime Assurance at The Royal Bank of Scotland. In this role, she led a…

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Caroline Odogwu | Business Launchpad

Caroline Odogwu is committed to working with young people, inspiring them to reach their full potential. And after working nearly five years at youth entrepreneurial charity, Business Launchpad, alongside running her own award winning social enterprise – she has an inspiring story of her own! After graduating with a degree in journalism, Caroline began her career as a broadcast journalist working with OHTV (Sky Digital), ITV, Granada and Sky News. It was through this work…

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Elizabeth Renshaw | City University London

Hello, I’m Liz. I’m 30, I live at the end of the Metropolitan line, I’m really in to mini eggs and crime dramas and I’m completely thrilled to be nominated for a WATC Rising Star award! It’s been great to reflect on my story; I’ve recently landed a real dream job and this has been the perfect opportunity to think about how I got there. I’ve worked in and around the charity sector for my…

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Emma Miller-McCaffrey | Mermaids UK

A Former Teacher, I have been working with Greater Manchester Police on a project training all frontline officers (800-1000) on LGBT matters and Domestic Abuse within the LGBT Community.  This ground breaking project will see a new recording code introduced in April 2017.  I moved into the Charity Sector approximately 15 months ago, my passion is supporting and providing guidance for young people and members of the LGBT community.

Natalie Campbell | A Very Good Company

Natalie Campbell is an award-winning businesswoman and HarperCollins author. She won the ‘Community Spirit’ award at the ‘Women of the Future Awards’ in 2016 and was recognised in the Management Today 35 Women Under 35 and City AM Power 100 Women lists. Natalie is the co-founder of A Very Good Company (AVGC), a global social innovation agency and recently launched London’s newest wellbeing craze, “The Badass Principle – a workout for the mind and soul”. As a non-executive…

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Sonia Meggie | Inspirational YOU

I am the Founder of Inspirational YOU, a UK based Social Enterprise that specialises in delivering empowering masterclasses and workshops for women, students and start ups. I have engaged with thousands of attendees via Inspirational YOU and have a proven track record of successful partnerships with the corporate, statutory and third sector organisations. These include the BBC, UK Supreme Court, Lewisham Homes, PwC, Pearson, ITV News, Channel 4, Go Think Big, Impact Hub, Punch Records, London…

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Tanya Compas | The Change Foundation

After failing my A-Levels at the age of 18, I got my first taste of work within the charity sector. I spent a year volunteering in a boys orphanage in a small town called Oropesa in rural Peru, during which I fulfilled the role of big sister, mother and carer for a group of 13 indigenous boys. This proved to be one of the most transformative experiences of my life and career. Thanks to my experience in Peru, I…

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Tonia Ashikodi | Mumtrepreneur Club

Tonia is the founder of the mumtrepreneur club and the project director of The F.E.E.D Project UK . Tonia is very passionate about the community and understands the importance of giving back to society. “We cannot change the world but we can change a life”. (Tonia). Tonia’s Journey in community giving dates back to 2002 when she was part of a team that pioneered a charity program to raise money for less privilege children in…

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Trishna Bharadia | MS Society

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis aged 28, in 2008, and since then have become a leading and award-winning advocate for people with MS/chronic illness/disability, using my experiences to help others, largely through charitable work. I’m a full-time translator but in my spare time collaborate with organisations in the UK and abroad, including MS Society (Ambassador), Sue Ryder, the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (Patron), the Cambridge MS Therapy Centre (Patron), Asian MS (Newsletter Editor and…

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Yasmine Davies | Autistica

I’m a highly motivated, proactive and experienced fundraiser, always working to expand my horizons and try new things. I am proud to have worked in the charity sector since leaving university, primarily in roles covering corporate and major donor fundraising, but also collaborating with colleagues and managing junior staff across multiple forms of fundraising. I started my career at the Woodland Trust, where I gained an incredible grounding in top-quality account management and business development…

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