Some of the biggest names in technology have been included in a prestigious list of 100 women from across the UK  championing the role of females in business.

The FT & HERoes Champions of Women in Business lists were published today and are broken down into three listings: 100 Female Executives; 50 Female Future Leaders; and 50 Male Executives.

The announcement comes as BusinessCloud continues its hunt for 101 Female Entrepreneurs in Tech – deadline for nominations 28th September.

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Brenda Trenowden CBE, Head of Financial Institutions at ANZ, was ranked first in this year’s 100 Female Executives category and has been joined in the list by 13 top women in tech.

They include Emer Timmons of Brightstar at number four and Harriet Green, CEO & chairman, IBM Asia Pacific, at number eight.

Joining them in the top 20 women to be recognised is Caroline Frankum, global CEO, of Lightspeed at number 18 and Serpil Timuray, of Vodafone Group at number 20.

Other celebrated industry women included in the top 100 are Sharon McCooey, head of LinkedIn Ireland; Rachel Higham, MD of IT at BT; Mel Edwards, EMEA CEO of Wunderman; Deborah Baker of Sky; Stacey Hawes, president of data practice at Epsilon; Wendy Warham of Fujitsu Services; Helene Silverman of Lightspeed Research; Kerry Sinclair of Sage Group PLC; and Lisa Finnegan, head of HR EMEA at LinkedIn.

Brenda Trenowden said after her top ranking: I am both humbled and delighted to be included in a list of so many inspirational men and women, all of whom are doing a great deal to empower and promote women in business,” she said.

“I believe that we all have a responsibility to lead by example and to create truly inclusive workplace cultures where everyone can thrive and succeed.  

“I’m encouraged that this is becoming a mainstream issue and that we are making progress, but there is still much more to do!”

Only eight FTSE 100 companies have female CEOs.

Top 100 Female Executives

1. Brenda Trenowden, Head of Financial Institutions, Europe, ANZ

2. Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money

3. Melanie Richards, Deputy Chair, KPMG

4. Emer Timmons, Chief Marketing Officer and President Enterprise and Strategic Sales, Brightstar

5. Rana Ghandour Salhab, Talent & Communications Partner, Deloitte Middle East

6. Karen Blackett, Country Manager, WPP

7. Francesca McDonagh, Group Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Ireland Group

8. Harriet Green, CEO & Chairman, IBM Asia Pacific, IBM

9. Leena Nair, Chief HR Officer, Unilever

10. Claudia Parzani, Milan Capital Markets Partner and WEELEG Managing Partner, Linklaters

11. Sue Unerman, Chief Transformation Officer, MediaCom

12. Carol Andrews, Managing Director, Global Head of Service Directors, Client Experience, BNY Mellon

13. Alison Nimmo, Chief Executive, The Crown Estate

14. Funke Abimbola, General Counsel & Head of Financial Compliance, Roche

15. Tamara Box, Managing Partner Europe & Middle East, Reed Smith LLP

16. Evelyn Bourke, Group CEO, BUPA

17. Amanda Murphy, Head of Commercial Banking UK, HSBC

18. Caroline Frankum, Global CEO, Lightspeed

19. Charlotte Hogg, CEO, Europe, Visa

20. Serpil Timuray, Group Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer, Vodafone Group

21. Laura Barrowman, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, Credit Suisse

22. Tanuja Randery, Operating Executive, Apax Partners

23. Anna Purchas, Partner, Head of People, KPMG

24. Sharon McCooey, Head of LinkedIn Ireland, LinkedIn

25. Sarah Morris, Chief People Officer, Aviva Plc, Aviva

26. Linda Friedman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Astellas Pharma US

27. Catherine Luzio, Founder and CEO, Luminary

28. Patricia Bindi, Head of Commercial Banking Argentina, HSBC

29. Rachel Higham, Managing Director of IT, BT

30. Aline Santos, EVP for Global Marketing, Unilever

31. Siobhan Moriarty, General Counsel, Diageo

32. Pips Bunce, Director / Head of Global Markets Core Engineering Strategic Programs, Credit Suisse

33. Maggie Stilwell, Managing Partner for Talent, EY

34. Lindsay Pattison, Chief Transformation Officer, WPP and GroupM, WPP

35. Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent, Deloitte

36. Denise Gibson, Partner, Allen & Overy

37. HyonJoo Park, Executive Vice President, Standard Chartered Bank Korea

38. Jacqui Chin, Director, Baby & EU Programmes, Amazon

39. Jennifer Rademaker, Executive Vice President, Global Customer Delivery, Mastercard

40. Lisa Kimmel, President and CEO, Edelman

41. Joanna Santinon, Partner, EY

42. Sigga Sigurdardottir, Chief Customer and Innovation Officer, Santander

43. Miriam Gonzalez, Partner, Co-chair of the International Trade and Government Regulation practice, Dechert LLP

44. Mel Edwards, EMEA CEO, Wunderman

45. Sarah Pinch, Managing Director, Pinch Point Communications

46. Jennifer DaSilva, President, Berlin Cameron

47. Susan Revell, Deputy Chair and General Counsel EMEA, BNY Mellon

48. Tracey Groves, Founder & Owner, Intelligent Ethics

49. Victoria Fox, CEO, LIDA

50. Souad Benkredda, Head of Financial Markets UAE & Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, Standard Chartered Bank

51. Estelle Brachlianoff, Chief Operating Officer, Veolia Group

52. Sue Fox, CEO, M&S Bank

53. Hannah Grove, Chief Marketing Officer, State Street

54. Sara Luder, Partner, Slaughter & May

55. Nicky Bullard, Chairwoman and Chief Creative Officer, MRM-Meteorite

56. Heather Melville, Head of Financial Inclusion, Corporate & Private Banking, Royal Bank of Scotland

57. Julia Muir, Chief Executive, Gaia Innovation Ltd

58. Roni Savage, Managing Director, Jomas Associates Ltd

59. Simone Roche, CEO, Events 1st Ltd

60. Dr. Bijna K. Dasani, Head of Group Architecture, Strategy and Innovation, Lloyds Banking Group

61. Deborah Baker, Group Director for People, Sky

62. Joanna Ludlam, Partner, Baker McKenzie

63. Mairead Nayager, Chief Human Resources Officer, Diageo

64. Nicole Lonsdale, Chief Planning Officer, Kinetic

65. Rachel Hussey, Partner, Head of Business Development, Arthur Cox

66. Sarah Carroll, Managing Director, Corporate Banking, MUFG

67. Raquel Florez, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

68. Lauren Kisser, Director, AW3 S3, Amazon Web Services

69. Cristina Ferreira, Head of Regulatory Solutions and Innovation, State Street

70. Leigh Lafever-Ayer, Human Resources Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK & Ireland

71. Stacey Hawes, President, Data Practice, Epsilon

72. Abi Wright, Managing Director and Co-founder, Spabreaks.com

73. Farah Foustok, CEO- Gulf, Lazard Asset Management

74. Emma McGuigan, Group Technology Officer, Communications, Media & Technology at Accenture, Accenture

75. Lea Paterson, Executive Director Human Resources, Bank of England

76. Ann Cairns, Vice Chairman, Mastercard

77. Wendy Warham, VP Hybrid Infrastructure Services and Networks & Telecoms, EMEIA, DTS, Fujitsu Services

78. Tracey Warson, Head of Citi Private Bank North America, Citi

79. Elizabeth Raffle, Head of Finance, Legal & Strategy Community, Lloyds Banking Group

80. Diane Sullivan, Partner, Litigation Department, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

81. Runa Alam, Co-founder and CEO, Development Partners International

82. Sue Douthwaite, Managing Director, Santander Business

83. Carol Liao, Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

84. Ebru Pakcan, Head of Treasury and Trade Solutions, EMEA, Citi

85. Mazuin Zin, Managing Director, Edelman

86. Helene Silverman, SVP, Client Relations, Lightspeed Research

87. Holly Villiers, Managing Director, Head of UK, Ireland & Nordics Corporate Banking, MUFG

88. Payal Vasudeva, Human Capital & Diversity Executive Sponsor, Accenture

89. Jill Gwaltney, Founder, Rauxa

90. Kerry Sinclair, VP of IT Enterprise Application Delivery (Global), Sage Group PLC

91. Laura Meyer, CIO HarperCollins Publishers

92. Kimberley Hunt, VP Commercial Excellence EMEA & Americas, GSK

93. Noiana Marigo, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

94. Merelina Monk, Partner Student Property Team, Knight Frank

95. Nicci Take, CEO, m|62 vincis

96. Katie Koch, Partner, Goldman Assessment Management - Fundamental Equity Business, Goldman Sachs

97. Rakhi Kumar, Senior Managing Director- Head of ESG Investing & Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors

98. Biola Alabi, CEO, Biola Alabi Media and Entertainment

99. Lisa Finnegan, Head of HR EMEA, LinkedIn

100. Bukola Adisa, Managing Director, Head of Risk and Controls Framework, Design & Execution, Barclays

Click here for the 50 Future Leaders list.

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