WeQual Awards to identify and recognise world-class women executives one level below the executive committees across the globe.

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About WeQual

The WeQual Awards have been created to identify and recognise world-class women executives, one level below the Executive Committees in UK FTSE businesses.

All entries will be treated with the strictest confidence.

It is clearer than ever that women are underrepresented in working life, with businesses reporting sobering gender pay gap figures and the government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review continuing to expose shortcomings in representation of women in the FTSE 100 and 250.

There is a huge challenge to rebalance the Executive Committee appointment rate and a need to identify and recognise these women.

The WeQual Awards have a valuable role to play in making this possible and aims to reach and honour the women that are on the cusp of leading the UK FTSE companies.

Entrance is now closed, with Award Categories mapped against Executive Committee representation.

The WeQual Awards Dinner will take place at The Savoy in September hosted by Sandi Toksvig and guest speaker, Dame Inga Beale, former CEO of Lloyd's of London.

About Katie

Having worked alongside FTSE 100 senior leaders throughout her 18-year career at the Financial Times, Katie has witnessed first hand the challenges companies are facing in developing people into senior roles. Katie was struck by the size of the shortfall between the target number of women required on the Executive Committees and the current representation figure.

Katie became the Executive Director of the Financial Times' FT 125 in 2013, a forum that provides FT-curated events for senior executives. She later founded the very popular FT 125 Women’s Forum for mid-level career women in the FTSE.

Katie was responsible for continuing to build one of the most well-regarded business networks for executives across the Square Mile and beyond. Past speakers at events organised by Katie include Bill Gates, George Osborne and Kofi Annan.

So Katie devised the WeQual Awards, calling for women leaders at the FTSE 100 and 250 to build their case as to why they are deserving to be appointed as leaders. Driven by her own experience of being one step from the top during her career, Katie’s priority is to identify and recognise women and drive a gender rebalance across the Executive Committees of companies across the Globe.

*Source: Hampton-Alexander Review 2018
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How to

All entries will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Nominees must be female and, at the date of nomination submission, be a direct report into an executive committee member of a FTSE 100 or 250 company.

All nominees will receive notification of their success and entry into the shortlist.

Nomination Process

  • 01 Registration now closed.
  • 02 Award nominations closed on 31 May 2019.
  • 03 Three finalists per award are announced on 7 June 2019
  • 04 Finalists meet two judges for 30 mins on either Monday 24 June between 9am-5.15pm or Tuesday 25 June 2pm-5.15pm at the Savoy.
    (Skype meetings available if you are out of the country)
  • 05 WeQual Awards Dinner at the Savoy on 26 September 2019

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The WeQual Awards categories are mapped against nine roles on the Executive Committee, identifying women who report into their executive committee working in the following areas.

Women are encouraged to self-nominate for the awards. To remove any bias during the initial judging process, finalists will be selected through a blind assessment procedure developed by organisational psychologist, John Amaechi OBE, removing identification details from candidates.

The 10 assessment questions are derived from a research-based meta-analysis of the factors and characteristics that mark leaders as different from non-leaders (Kirkpatrick and Locke, 1991). Importantly, these six characteristics lack much of the gendered and Anglo-American layers that make it harder for women and other minorities to appear as leaders with their own tone and style;

  • Drive
  • Leadership
  • Integrity
  • Self-Confidence
  • Cognitive Ability
  • Knowledge of Business

Asking nominees to describe how they are seen to deliver on these characteristics allows them to demonstrate how they are seen as a leader and indeed engage people who see them as fit to lead.

According to researchers, Lord & Maher, 1990, “to be a leader, one must be perceived as a leader” and these 10 questions will allow nominees to use an objective framework to describe the effectiveness of their own leadership.

All entries will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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Digital, Cyber Security and Technology




Customer and Marketing


People and HR


Diversity and Inclusion


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The Savoy
Awards Dinner

The WeQual Awards will be held at The Savoy in London on 26 September, 2019. This celebration of achievement brings together more than 250 of today’s most influential leaders. This event will be attended by a diverse range of senior executives of FTSE-listed companies and large privately owned-firms.

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Guest speaker, Dame Inga Beale, former CEO of Lloyd’s of London.

Sandi Toksvig OBE will host the Awards Dinner beginning with a Champagne Reception for 250 senior executives.

Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig OBE, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and brought up around the world in Europe, Africa and the United States. She began her comedy career at Girton College, Cambridge where she wrote and performed in the first all-woman Footlights show as well as achieving a first class degree.

When & Where

The Savoy, London

Thursday, 26 September 2019

6:30pm | Champagne Reception sponsored by Rolls Royce

7.30pm | Dinner and Awards Ceremony

10.30pm | Carriages

Dress attire: Black Tie


Guests will be exco minus one and above or equivalent.

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Social Science & Research Partner

APS is an advisory firm that specialises in organisational psychology. APS uses an evidence-based approach to create sustainable change that leads to better leadership, improved teamwork and collaboration and higher performance for their clients. APS sees workplace inclusion as an important aspect of peak performance and is pleased to be a part of creating a robust and objective criteria and selection process for the WeQual Awards.

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Reuters Breakingviews is the financial commentary brand of Reuters News. We deliver agenda-setting financial insight. Every day, we comment on the big financial stories as they break in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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As Chief Executive I’m thrilled that Crisis is the first charity partner for the WeQual Awards Dinner – championing the diversity in leadership we need to create a fairer, and more effective, society.

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. We help people directly out of homelessness, and campaign for the changes needed to solve it altogether. Our goal is simply that together we will end homelessness. It is not inevitable and shouldn’t need to happen in 21st Century Britain.


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Katie Litchfield
Founder and Chief Executive
WeQual Awards
M: 07796 147 466 E: Katie@wequalawards.com