MT's 35 Women under 35 2008: The List

For those who want to know what it takes to get onto MT's prestigious 35 under 35 list, here's the answer. Full biographies of all of this year's lucky winners - in no particular order - follow.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Emma Reynolds, 24
In 2007, Australian-born marketer Reynolds co-founded e3unlimited, working with the likes of Virgin,, Corus and American Express on their talent and recruitment. She also runs research business, Ask Gen Y. In 2005, Reynolds was a finalist in the Queensland Young Business Woman of the Year awards.

Melissa Bailey, 33
IBM’s youngest-ever senior certified IT architect and on its management team, Bailey is CTO for the industrial and communications sectors for the UK, Ireland and South Africa. She teaches at seven universities and is on the engineering and technical strategic panel of the British Computer Society.

Laura Bates, 28
Having worked at Deutsche Bank and Arthur Andersen, Oxford graduate Bates is now MD of home accessories range Bombay Duck, founded by her sister in 1993. Bates took over in ’05, launching it in the US, Japan and Oz and expanding the stock to 2,000-plus items, sold through 1,000 stores.

Jodi Birkett, 32
As youngest corporate finance partner at Deloitte, Birkett has advised on more than 25 high-profile M&As in two years (final value £2.5bn-plus), including the refinancing of Man U FC and the £800m public-to-private Matalan deal. Birkett has run the New York marathon and is a keen rugby player.

Lucinda Brown, 34
Head of legal at executive search firm GRS Group, Brown was part of the MBO team that bought it in an £18m deal earlier this year. The division she founded three years ago now brings £3m to annual group turnover. Brown, a wine buff, has launched a group office in Paris.

Tanya Budd, 20
The youngest person ever on our list, Budd was just 17 when she invented HypoHoist, a person-overboard recovery device for sailors (now sold via SeaSafe Systems). Awards include Young Engineer for Britain and the US Coast Guard Award for Maritime Safety. She graduates from Brunel University next year.

Claire Carr, 31
A civil engineer and construction agent with Costain since 2003, Carr was a senior project manager on the £600m revamp of St Pancras Station, where she managed 34 engineers, 37 subcontractors and 480 operatives. She now leads a £250m bid to revamp selected rail and Tube stations.

Sarah Curran, 35
Former Times journalist and sometime owner of London boutique, Powder, Curran started fashion retailer in 2006. Selling collections from labels such as See by Chloe, and D&G, she heads a team of 30, and last year launched The Design Incubator for new talent.

Christina Domecq, 31
A scion of the sherry dynasty, Domecq is co-founder and CEO of SpinVox, a voice-to-text messaging service that employs 300 globally. She has set up three businesses since the age of 20, and in 2006 was Ernst & Young’s UK Entrepreneur of the Year. She likes to sail and flies helicopters.

Paulina Bozek, 31
A graduate of the LSE, Bozek is executive producer at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, working on the highly successful PlayStation music games series, SingStar. Shortly after joining in 2003 from Ubisoft in Canada, Bozek was awarded the first ever Bafta Interactive New Talent Award, and in 2005, SingStar was awarded a
Bafta for originality.

Sara Berman, 32
MD of her own fashion label, Berman runs the business with her sister Amiee. The St Martin’s graduate was an unprecedented three-times winner of the M&S New Generation Award, and the brand has been a best-seller in both Harrods and Liberty. Berman also designs lines for Urban Outfitters and, and launched her own diffusion collection last year.

Shaheed Fatima, 32
Educated at Glasgow, Oxford and Harvard, Fatima is a barrister specialising in public law, human rights and commercial law. She has been called a future Star of the Bar by Times Online, and in 2007 she was named Liberty/Justice Human Rights Lawyer of the Year.

Olivia Gillan, 31
Anglo-French Gillan joined PwC in 2001, and in 2005, aged 28, she became the firm’s youngest director, in its strategy consulting team. She is now a partner, leading the strategy group’s specialist retail team, and has worked on M&A deals that include Kurt Geiger, Radley and Agent Provocateur.

Emilie Goodall, 26
Since being on our 2007 list, Goodall has left New Philanthropy Capital to join Venturesome, the Charities Aid Foundation‘s social investment arm, as investment manager. Her work with schools charity The Place2Be won praise from the International Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.

Rose Grimond, 28
Grimond founded Orkney Rose in 2006, selling Orcadian produce direct to chic London restaurants and to the public at London’s Borough Market. Grimond, the grand-daughter of Liberal Party grandee Jo, initially followed second cousin Helena Bonham-Carter into acting before setting up her own business.

Juliette Johnson, 30
The senior family business adviser at Coutts & Co, Johnson joined from BDO Stoy Hayward earlier this year, where she was director of its Centre for Family Business. She specialises in succession planning, corporate governance and conflict resolution, and works to raise the profile of family firms.

Kerrie Keeling, 34
An investment banker at JP Morgan and Citi, Keeling left in 2003 to set up a property maintenance company offering plumbing, carpentry and tiling. A Woman’s Touch now turns over £1.2m and employs 14 staff and 60 sub-contractors. She won the NatWest Everywoman Business Woman of the Year award in 2006.

Tashi Lassalle, 30
After managing her first $2m budget at 27, Lassalle was made youngest-ever VP of strategic development at top headhunter Heidrick & Struggles. She reports to the CEO on a portfolio of joint ventures and alliances. Cambridge graduate Lassalle now splits her time between London and New York.

Stacey Lax, 30
Lax was made partner at Ernst & Young this summer. She heads its customs and international trade business in the UK, having launched a global export control services business. A specialist in the prevention of WMD proliferation, Lax advises governments and industries on security policy.

Melissa Lesson, 33
A partner at London law firm Mishcon de Reya, Lesson is a barrister in its family practice. Educated in Paris and London, Lesson was nominated for Spears Wealth Management’s Future Lawyer of the Year award and shortlisted for a Women of the Future award in 2007.

Eleanor Mack, 33
Joining RWE npower in June as corporate development and strategy manager, Mack has worked in the public and private sectors, including time at the OFT and the Treasury, where she helped deal with the collapse of Rover. Her current brief includes the potential purchase of a large UK nuclear energy provider.

Deborah Millett, 33
Accenture’s youngest appointed director in outsourcing, Millett also leads the human performance team. Involved in billion-pound deals, she has been voted one of the top 5% of leaders in the UK practice for two years in a row. She recently swam the Channel for spinal injury charity Aspire.

Madeline Milne, 33
A former music publishing executive and director of the classical composition competition Masterprize, Milne joined eMusic in 2006. She launched its digital music retail operation in Europe, where she has developed it into the second-biggest business after iTunes.

Jasmine Montgomery, 35
Harvard graduate Montgomery joined brand consultancy FutureBrand in 2003 as head of strategy from DBS Bank in Singapore, having worked at Interbrand and Fitch. She was made MD of London operations earlier this year, responsible for an annual turnover of £9.4m.

Sanchita Saha, 32
As founder and CEO of CitySocialising, Saha is a dot.commer to watch. She launched her social networking site for London professionals in 2007, and has since gone national, with plans to launch it into Europe. Saha’s career began at BBC Radio 1, where she helped set up digital black music station 1Xtra.

Liz Savage, 35
As MD of Monarch Airlines’ scheduled business, Savage runs an operation with a £250m turnover. She joined in 2007 from easyJet, where she had worked on the acquisition of Go Fly from BA. She joined easyJet’s board in 2003 at just 29. She is the British Travel Industry’s Young Manager of the Year.

Sophie Chandauka, 30
Born in Zimbabwe and educated in Canada, the US and UK, Chandauka is an associate in law firm Baker & McKenzie’s corporate department, where she is a key member of the public-company team. She has worked with Nike, and advised The Body Shop on its £652m acquisition by L’Oréal in 2006.

Alex Holt, 33
Tesco’s category manager for beauty, Holt is responsible for delivering an annual sales budget of £557m and sets the vision and strategic direction for the buying and marketing teams, which select and source 6,000 products. Already laden with industry accolades, she cites the launch of three new beauty brands in 2007 (now worth more than £10m) as her proudest achievement.

Sonja Schemmann, 34
German-born Schemmann ran Deutsche Bank’s second-largest equity fund before joining Schroders in 2005 as fund manager for global and European equity mandates. That year, she was named as one of six young Germans to watch by Deutschland magazine.

Philippa Snare, 34
Joining Microsoft UK in 2000, Snare is group director of the Windows Live commercial business. She had built a £5m business in classified ads at Scoot before joining Yell to manage business development. Snare, an early graduate in web technology, is an MBA – and skydives.

Shelley White, 28
A chancery/commercial barrister, White was elected to the Bar Council in 2007, and has campaigned to retain the wig and gown for barristers. An Oxford graduate, she is also on the England Ladies’ Pool team and has won world, European and national championships.

Sarah Williams, 32
After stints at PwC and European Acquisition Capital, Williams joined PE house Electra Partners in 2007 as investment manager, working on deals worth up to £250m. An Oxford graduate, she recently managed the £80m acquisitions of Nuaire and the $354m refinancing of Allflex.

Lamorna Trahair, 23
A founder of travel company League of Adventurists International, yachtswoman Trahair helps organise the Mongol Rally and Indian Rickshaw Run, raising $1m a year for charity. She and her co-founders won the Shell LiveWire Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2007.

Kresse Wesling, 31
Last year, Canadian-born Wesling launched EaKo, which transforms industrial waste into lifestyle accessories. She had already launched packaging firm Bio-Supplies and Babaloo (ethical products for parents and babies). In 2007, she was Shell’s Entrepreneurial Woman of the Future.

Alix Pryde, 34
Now chief adviser to the BBC’s COO Caroline Thompson, Pryde – who holds a PhD in theoretical physics from Cambridge – had worked as head of strategy for BBC radio and news. The former McKinseyite, who was head of strategy at the Wireless Group and its youngest board member, is also director of the BBC’s environmental sustainability strategy.

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