Meet the WeAreTheCity team in the UK and India.

The team has been growing since 2008.  If you would like to connect with any of us, please do so!

Vanessa Vallely
MD & Founder

Vanessa Vallely is our founder. Having started up WeAreTheCity in 2008 on the basis to try and provide the right information and guidance to all. Vanessa has won the Champion for Women Award 2011 with WIBF.

She is on the Financial News Top 100 Rising Stars list for 2010 and recently published her first book Heels of Steel. To find out more about Vanessa and where you can see her you can visit her website here

Contact Vanessa directly here

Stewart Vallely
Director & Co-Founder

Stewart Vallely is the co-founder of WeAreTheCity and owner of Fiddy Designs. Stewart leads the ongoing development of all of our websites. Stewart was highly commended as Dadpreneur of the Year in 2012 at the Mumpreneur Awards. Stewart comes from a design and media background originally. After studying at Manchester Business School, Stewart went into consultancy and is a chartered IT professional.

Contact Stewart directly here

Caroline Graham, WeAreTheCity India Editor
Caroline Graham
Head of WeAreTheCity India

Caroline Graham is the head of WeAreTheCity India, our sister platform which supports the career development of women in India.

Having spent three years in India, Caroline has now returned to London where she works as a Director for Barclays. She is currently co-chair of Barclays gender network, WIN, is founder of Barclays WIN India and the WIN Assistants Forum, and is a member of a number of external women’s networks in London.

Contact Caroline directly here

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Layla Mullins
Head of Business Development

Layla Mullins is the Head of Business Development at WeAreTheCity. With a 14 year career in the city at both UBS and HSBC, she brings with her a wealth of industry knowledge and a huge passion for gender diversity having been the Chair of HSBC’s successful Balance Network for two years. Layla grew the UK Network from three to 25 branches during her tenure and won an Excellence in Diversity award for Outstanding Networks in 2015. Layla will be working with new and existing clients to help them strengthen their brand as a diverse employer and advising them on how they can support their female talent pipeline.
Contact Layla directly here

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Chantelle Akerman
Head of Operations

Chantelle is Head of Operations and to be perfectly honest is the oracle of all things WATC. Chantelle has been working with WeAreTheCity on and off since the day it started in 2008. Chantelle now leads the admin team based in our offices.

Contact Chantelle directly here

Leona Dean
Operations & Personal Assistant

Leona previously worked for consulting firm, JMJ Associates. Leona joined WeAreTheCity in July and is responsible for supporting Gender Networks, WeAreTech and day to day operations. Leona is also the Personal Assistant to Vanessa Vallely where she provides executive support.

Contact Leona directly here

Kayleigh Bateman - Head of Digital Content, Journalist & Women in Technnology Features Editor
Kayleigh Bateman
Head of Digital Content & Business Development

Kayleigh Bateman is the head of digital content and business development at WeAreTheCity. As a journalist there she covers stories about women in IT and looks after its women in technology community. She was previously the special projects editor for Computer Weekly and editor of CW Europe.
Kayleigh attended the University of Hertfordshire, where she studied for her BA in English literature, journalism and media cultures.
Contact Kayleigh directly here

Alison Fearn
Digital Content Editor

Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a 2:1 BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. As a journalist, Alison covers a wide range of topics including covering news stories as they break. She has previously worked within the marketing and media sector. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, photography and travelling.

Contact Alison directly here

Harry Clark
Web Journalist

Harry has a BA Honours in Acting and Creative Writing from Queen Mary, University of London. He has written articles for Essex Chronicle Newspaper, Gay Times Magazine and has worked in the television industry for the past year. Harry’s other passions include travelling, reviewing movies and french bulldogs!

Contact Harry directly here

Charlotte Smith
Social Media & Marketing Apprentice

Charlotte is our Social Media & Marketing Apprentice, who alongside work is studying for a Level 3 Social Media & Marketing course. She recently finished studying at The Sweyne Park School, Essex.

Contact Charlotte directly here

Boo the french bull dog
Head of Security

Boo! joins us as the Head of Security for both our offices and websites. Offering a wealth of defence and prevention experience plus paper shredding services. Boo! previously studied at Barking College.