The Fold Woman Competition 2017 Shortlist

The Fold Woman Competition 2017 Shortlist
April 28, 2017 The Fold
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We’ve been overwhelmed by the response we’ve had to the competition with nearly one thousand entries and would like to thank all entrants, nominators and nominees.

It has been incredibly difficult to choose just five women from so many inspiring entries and now Fold Founder and CEO, Polly McMaster, would like your help in making the final decision.

Place your vote below and don’t forget to share! Multiple votes are welcomed and voting closes midnight (BST) Sunday 7th May. The winner and runners-up will be announced mid-May.





From the Olympics
to the City

Lizzie Goodburn

Chief of Staff, AFME


 Lizzie’s career has been far from linear. After 5 years in a magic circle law firm, Lizzie used an MBA from INSEAD to transition into very different non-legal roles, including supporting the CEO of the London 2012 Olympics and as Chief of Staff at the Guardian Media Group.

Her current role of Chief of Staff at the Association for Financial Markets in Europe includes overseeing strategy, finance and digital transformation. Now a mother of three (including twins), like many Lizzie is finding her way through full-time City work-life balance. A keen sportswoman, Lizzie was part of Team GB at the Athens Olympic Games and continues her support of elite sport as an independent director of British Parasnowsport.



Sarah Ronald

Founder & Managing Director, Nile


Sarah is the Founder and Managing Director of Nile, an award-winning innovative insight and proposition design company based in Edinburgh (recent work includes designing the new bank notes for RBS and re-designing the Royal Trinity hospice experience with Harvard University).

Not only is Sarah a hugely successful business leader, philanthropist, political strategy influencer and mother, she has also been a Digital Advisor to Number 10’s GB campaign and co-founded the UK Service Design Network. Sarah feels keenly the need to make a positive social contribution; in addition to a range of UK fundraising and corporate social responsibility activity through Nile, she has also led the building and running of an orphanage in Burundi Africa.


The No.1 Woman
in Tech

Jo Bertram

Regional General Manager,
Uber Northern Europe


Jo Bertram leads Uber’s operations across Northern Europe. She joined over three years ago, making the jump to the then little known car app after almost a decade of management consultancy.

Today, Jo is one of the most senior women in the company, leading strategy across some of Uber’s biggest cities in the UK, Nordics and Benelux regions and is deemed No. 1 Woman in Tech by many. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge. An avid traveller, Jo has lived in South Africa and Australia where she became a qualified private pilot – arguably the only licence she’ll need given Uber’s continued growth under her leadership.


The Diversity

Fiona Cannon

Inclusion & Diversity Director,
Lloyds Banking Group


Fiona Cannon is the Diversity & Inclusion Director for Lloyds Banking Group. For 25 years, Fiona has been a pioneer in promoting the diversity and inclusion agenda and was awarded an OBE in 2011 for her services to equality.

Fiona has spent her entire career helping women achieve their potential. Under Fiona’s leadership, Lloyds became the first company to set a public goal for women in senior management. She was Deputy Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission and has led employer campaigns to promote equality, including Employers for Childcare and the Agile Future Forum. Fiona’s first book, The Agility Mindset, launched in January. 


The Educator

June Angelides

Founder, Mums in Technology


June is the Founder of Mums in Technology, the first child-friendly coding school in the UK. She recently made the leap from the corporate world after her second maternity leave, where she was a Tech Banker at Silicon Valley Bank working with some of the leading technology companies in the world.

She is also a mother of two, a passionate advocate for the rights of working mothers, an active mentor and Tech London Advocate. Often described as full of energy and ever the optimist, June hopes to disrupt the perceptions of what mothers can do by providing them with the same opportunities to up-skill and engage in the tech community.

The Winner’s Prize

Spring Capsule Wardrobe plus VIP Styling Session
Blow Dry at Easton Regal Salon
Fold Woman Photoshoot and Feature
Knomo handbag of choice


All runners-up will receive Fold Woman feature, photoshoot and optional blow dry at Easton Regal salon.

For competition Terms & Conditions, click here.

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