A life without passions is a dull one indeed…….


new city no shoeIn 2008, Vanessa co-founded WeAreTheCity with her husband, Stewart. is a website dedicated to providing female and City centric information to professional women within the UK. currently has 42,000 members, 200,000 unique visitors and 4 million page views per month. The key focus behind WeAreTheCity is to provide an open and inclusive forum for women to learn and progress in their careers.  WeAreTheCity promotes the events for over 250 Women’s networks and has approx 400 writers.  The website also provides free advertising space for charities and young female entrepreneurs and acts as a conduit for charities to promote fund raising ideas or donations.  WeAreTheCity won its first website award in 2012 and was also featured as a recommended site on the Good Web Guide and awarded a bronze website award by Mumprenuer.  In 2015, WeAreTheCity also won the coveted RBS Focused Women’s award for its services to Gender.

In March 2014, WeAreTheCity India was launched as the next phase of spreading the support and development of business women in India and moving towards a more global reach.  WeAreTheCity India currently has over 5,000 members is sponsored & supported by EY.

In August 2014, WeAreTheCity expanded its services to include 5 products and services aimed at corporate organisations who were seeking to attract and retain their female workforce.

Products and services include:-

  • WeAreTheCityJobs – A job board specifically aimed at women (men are welcome to apply)
  • Careers Club – an on line portal aimed at assisting individuals who wish to enhance their careers through enhancing their skills and networking
  • Rising Star awards – An annual awards process that recognises women under senior management
  • Events Management  – Soft talent attraction events (design & execution)
  • Corporate advertising – Returnships/Events/Digital content

WeAreTheCity’s clients include:-

RBS, Societe Generale, Barclays, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, BNY Mellon, Lloyd’s Insurance, Moody’s, Worldpay, Capco, CGI, Cisco, Aon, The Economist, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, EY, PwC, Baringa, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Amazon, Reed Smith, Freshfields, Ladbrokes, London Fashion Weekend, Endemol, ISS, Keir, BBC, Cass Business School, Chicago Booth Business School & Twenty Recruitment

The Network of Networks (Not for Profit)

TNON-Logo-2013Vanessa co-founded City wide diversity network, The Network of Networks (TNON). The TNON has grown to include 324 representatives from 125 FTSE firms.  The aim of The Network of Networks is to provide a forum for corporate Diversity and female network leaders to collaborate & leverage experiences.  The TNON’s mission statement is to facilitate interaction and pooling of resources amongst organisations with a mutual goal of advancing women’s progression in the workplace.  In 2013 former TNON co-founder, Diane Greenidge launched the TNON BAME chapter and in 2014, the LGBT chapter of the TNON was formed and is now run by Dan Ricard (PwC) and Alicia Millar (Reed Smith).



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