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24 September 2015, London: Sussex-based illustrator Victoria Brook has been short-listed for the Women of the Future (“WOF”) Awards, the movement recognising and nurturing young female talent in the UK.
Victoria said: “I’m a born and bred Eastbourne resident and I look to use my nomination for this prestigious award to highlight Sussex’s fantastic cultural and artistic potential. The WOF awards celebrate and support young women working in a variety of fields and gives them a fantastic platform to showcase their accomplishments.”
The Awards, now in its 10th year and supported by headline sponsor Aviva, are open to women aged 35 or under and celebrate rising talent across business, culture, media and more.
Victoria, based in Eastbourne East Sussex, graduated with a first class degree in Fine Art from the University of Reading. She now practices as a professional watercolour artist and illustrator, creating bespoke paintings for children and adults alike. Inspired by her love of children’s literature, her imaginative and magical images have secured her a reputation as a first class illustrator and artist among collectors and the general public alike.
She is represented by three prestigious galleries in the South East; Jane Newbury in North Dulwich, London, The Wey Gallery in Godalming, Surrey, and Eastbourne’s Framing and Picture Centre. Her full online portfolio and details of upcoming exhibitions can be viewed at victoria-brook.co.uk.
Victoria said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated and shortlisted for this award, particularly because the other women in my category are so accomplished and talented. I feel incredibly grateful to be so supported and recognised in a career I love so much. I look forward to celebrating everyone’s achievements at the ceremony in October”.
Spread across 11 categories, such as Real Estate, Technology and Digital, Business, Entrepreneur, and Sport, 61 women have been selected for this year’s awards, to be announced on 27th October at the London Hilton, Park Lane. In addition, this year includes three additional awards recognising Mentor of the Year, Young Star and Corporate Award.
Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder, Women of the Future: “Every year we unearth and recognise the most incredible young women. This year we had a record number of nominations, which made it incredibly hard to choose as they were all so impressive! We are delighted with the shortlist identified and wish all of our chosen ladies a big congratulations for being identified as a woman of the future.”
All women shortlisted for a WOF Award are invited to join the WOF Ambassadors Programme, connecting award-winning women with sixth-formers, and the WOF Network, which is set up for members to connect and build business relationships.
Mark Wilson, CEO of the Aviva Group, who are headline sponsors of the WOF awards, said: “”Diversity is a business imperative. It just makes business sense. So Aviva is proud to support the Women of the Future awards, which celebrate inspirational women who are role models and future business leaders. We need diversity at all corporate levels to help businesses deliver for customers, shareholders and society as a whole, and these awards contribute to this important objective.”
Previous winners of the WOF Awards include, writer & television presenter Dawn O’Porter; Women’s Editor at The Daily Telegraph, Emma Barnett; notonthehighstreet.com co-founder Holly Tucker; and Liv Garfield, Chief Executive of Severn Trent.
For the full list of shortlisted nominees, please see below.
Further Information:Women of the Future
Women of the Future (“WOF”) programme is a portfolio of events and projects that support and celebrate the successes of women through the WOF Awards, WOF Summit, WOF Ambassadors and WOF Network. WOF was founded in 2006 by Pinky Lilani CBE DL and Cherie Blair CBE is Awards patron.
WOF is a movement focused on kindness and collaboration in the workplace, galvanising a community of influential women to work together as a new generation of talent across business, media, culture and public service.
Sponsors for the 2015 Women of the Future Awards are Aviva (headline sponsors), Asda, Ceridian, Coca-Cola, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, KPMG, London Stock Exchange Group, Mishcon de Reya, RICS, Sodexo, Shell, Thomson Reuters, Unilever, and Visa Europe. Media partners are CNBC and Financial Times, and the educational partner is London Business School.