JOANNA PITMAN - 'The incentive culture of banking is here to stay,' says former Times Tokyo correspondent Pitman in her feature on bonuses this month, 'but that's not such a bad thing.' The busy freelance author took time out from her coverage of politics and the arts to urge fairness and moderation on City payouts.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

JO SUGAR - Just two days after leaving hospital following the birth of her daughter, make-up artist Sugar was working on MT's '35 Women Under 35' photoshoot. Such dedication to her job is par for the course, as an impressive roll-call of big-name clients, including Ivana Trump and Charlotte Church, attests.

SARAH BUTLER - While she is most likely to be found wandering the vegetable aisles, the ex-Times retail correspondent believes more of us will turn to supermarkets for financial services. While acknowledging disillusion with the banks, Butler asks: 'Do we really want supermarkets involved in every part of our lives?'

EMMA DE VITA - This is De Vita's third year overseeing MT's '35 Women Under 35' list of high-flying women in business, and the nominations keep getting better. 'How do they fit it all in?' she wonders. 'I want some of what they've got!' Our 2009 list gives a real reason to rejoice during these gloomy times.

REBECCA KIERNAN - MT's newest recruit is trying to get back to reality, having spent much of 2008 living on a remote farm in New Zealand. 'The achievements of our 35 women have made me realise I should focus on my career at last,' says staff writer Kiernan. 'But I do miss those fluffy sheep ...'

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