The Young Women Shaping Our Future

Last night, Marie Claire hosted their Future Shaper Awards and After Party in association with Neutrogena at One Marylebone, London, which celebrated trailblazing women who are changing the world of work and redefining what it means to be successful.  

The Future Shapers Awards honoured 10 talented women in the worlds of media, fashion, technology, art and politics, including… 

1. Jaz O’Hara, 26, Founder of World Wide Tribes

After visiting the Jungle camp in Calais in August 2015, travel blogger Jaz wrote about her experience there, her emotional post going viral, starting The World Wide Tribe.

Jaz has since uprooted to Calais, making daily documentaries and using Instagram to tell the personal stories behind the refugee crisis, reaching a new audience of over 55,000 people and making refugee stories real, having a direct, positive impact on a ground level.

2. Amy Cole, 34, Head of Business at Instagram


After starting her career as an engineer, Amy met one of the founders of Instagram, joining the team and going on to be part of the original 6 members who helped launch the app in 2010 – now boasting over 400 million active users.

As a business mentor and innovator, Amy is also a keen supporter of getting women involved in STEM.

3. Iseult Ward, 27, Co-Founder and CEO of FoodCloud


Iseult is an entrepreneur, creating FoodCloud in 2013: an Irish social enterprise that helps businesses redistribute their surplus food to people who need it, connecting businesses that have excess food with charities in need through a technology platform.

FoodCloud is a not-for-profit social enterprise and funds its operations by charging retailers, having 150 retailers sign up in the first two years, including Aldi and Tesco.

4. Phoebe Gormley, 26, Entrepreneur and owner of Gormley & Gamble


Phoebe set up Gormley & Gamble in 2014: the first tailor exclusively for women in the history of Savile Row. Spotting a gap in the market during her interning on the Row, phoebe aimed to transform the perception of savile Row and tailoring for women, revolutionizing the ‘stuffiness’ of Savile Row and bringing it up to date.

Gormley & Gamble is supported by The Prince’s Trust and MassChallenge and has gone on to win awards at the Women of the Future and Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

5. Karen Mattison MBE, Co-Founder of Timewise


Karen is the co-founder of Timewise: a multi-award winning business that has brought flexible hiring to the UK recruitment market, running multiple services: a jobs board, as well as a content site showcasing flexible work in practice and consultancy and training services.

Karen and her co-founder Emma Stewart have both been made MBEs for their work, named as two of the UK’s most radical thinkers.

6. Samantha Payne, 24, COO and Co-Founder of Open Bionics


Samantha is the COO of Open Bionics, co-founding the robotics start-up in 2014. The company creates advanced low-cost bionic hands for amputees of all ages, enabling them to gain greater independence and encouraging them to embrace their differences.

Samantha has advocated to get women into the tech industry, encouraging women to study engineering and robotics to give the tech industry the female perspective that it needs, stating ‘It’s diversity of minds that make the most well-though-out idea.

7. Sara Khan, Director and Co-Founder of Inspire


Sara has actively campaigned for women’s rights within British Muslim communities for over 20 years, co-founding Inspire in 2009 to empower women to challenge gender inequality and extremism and to strengthen societies.

In September 2015 Inspire launched the #Makingastand campaign, which was supported by then-Home Secretary Theresa May, working with schools and teachers across the country to prevent children from being drawn into terrorism.

8. Nikki Cochrane and Kathryn Tyler, 44 & 39, Co-Founders of Digital Mums


Nikki and Kathryn started Digital Mums in 2014, aiming to solve the growing problem of maternal unemployment by training mothers with the skills to become social media managers.

By linking the thousands of SMEs and charities that are struggling to use social media effectively with fully trained and qualified social media manager mums, the businesses are given social media solutions and the mums are able to work flexibly from home.

9. Julia Salasky, 33, Founder of CrowdJustice


Julia, a non-practicing solicitor who worked as a lawyer for the United Nations, founded CrowdJustice in 2015: a crowd funding platform for legal aid.

In an attempt to make justice accessible to all, CrowdJustice is a totally independent crowd funding platform with no political or legal affiliations, enabling individuals, groups and communities to come together to fund legal action.

10. Sharmadean Reid, 31, Founder of Wah Nails


After noticing that nail salons wouldn’t cater to her bold style, Sharmadean set up her own East London nail salon in 2009, allowing women to express themselves through nail art.

With collaborations with Dior, Marc Jacobs and Diesel under her belt and a salon in Topshop’s flagship Oxford Circus store, she has received an MBE for excellent service towards the nail and beauty industry.