2017 Rising Star finalist: Connor Mahon

2017 Rising Star finalist: Connor Mahon

Connor Mahon, Account Executive, FleishmanHillard Fishburn was nominated for the Suzy Spirit Rising Star award, because as his nominator, Charlotte Nicholds explains “when we heard about the award, we couldn’t not”.

Connor’s enthusiasm for the job is contagious, he champions and mentors others outside of work and has grown the agency’s LGBT inclusion programme, despite being young and at the beginning of his PR journey.

The two winners of the 2017 Suzy Spirit awards will be announced on Friday March 17.

2017 Rising Star finalist: India Smyth

2017 Rising Star finalist: India Smyth

India Smyth, Media Relations Manager, Barclays was nominated by her manager Catherine Cuthbert for the Suzy Spirit Rising Star award for being the “stand-out star” in her team.

Catherine describes India as “proactive, accountable and modest” for all her professional achievements and India’s passion for mentoring and helping others caught the judges eye.

The two winners for the Suzy Spirit award will be announced on Friday  March 17.

2017 Inspiration finalist: Polly Kennedy

2017 Inspiration finalist: Polly Kennedy

Polly Kennedy, director, APCO Worldwide was nominated for the Suzy Spirit Inspiration award by her colleague Andrei Goldis.

Andrei praised Polly for her ability to install confidence in everyone she works with and to motivate them to be better, both inside and outside of work.

The two winners of the Suzy Spirit awards will be announced on Friday March 17.

2017 Rising Star finalist: Euan Steedman

2017 Rising Star finalist: Euan Steedman

Euan Steedman, Press Officer, BBC was nominated for the 2017 Suzy Spirit Rising Star award by two of his colleagues, Emma Carey and Natalie Clark.

Euan is described by Emma as a “secret weapon” and that she would be lost without him.

The two winners of the 2017 Suzy Spirit awards will be announced on Friday March 17.

2017 Inspiration finalist: Claire Foster

2017 Inspiration finalist: Claire Foster

Claire Foster, Deputy Head of News, Direct Line was nominated for the 2017 Suzy Spirit Inspiration award, because as Chloe French puts it: “She leads by example and encourages our team to do the very best.”

Claire’s mantra is that you get out of life what you put in and that if you’re spending hours with colleagues, you should make the working environment the best place it can be.

The winner will be announced on Friday March 17.

2017 Inspiration finalist: Emma Tweedie

2017 Inspiration finalist: Emma Tweedie

Emma Tweedie, Director, Teacake Tuesday was nominated for the 2017 Inspiration award by a host of friends, colleagues and clients, who all nominated her individually and unbeknown to each other.

Grace Garland says simply; “I owe Emma my career, she taught me everything she knows and invested her time in me.”

The two winners of the 2017 Suzy Spirit awards will be announced on Friday March 17.