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A SENIOR manager at IBM in Portsmouth is in the running for this year’s Women of the Future Awards.

Kirsten McLay, who is senior managing consultant at IBM’s North Harbour headquarters, has been nominated for her rise through the ranks.

In the past five years with the technology giant, Kirsten has risen to a position where she leads a team of 23 people and has other key responsibilities.

The awards celebrate the next generation of British female talent, aged 35 and under, across business, the professions, the arts, media and science and technology.

The winners will be announced at the London Marriott Hotel on November 16.

Pinky Lilani OBE, who set up the awards, said: ‘Kirsten is a credit to the city of Portsmouth.

‘The strength of this year’s shortlist is testament to the exceptional wealth of female pioneers making their mark in their respective fields.’