Best Newcomer Award

Do you have a newcomer in your team? Nominate someone who has joined your company in the last year and really hit the ground running.

Entry Criteria

Criteria for the Best Newcomer category:

-Nominee has joined their company in the last 12 months (at time of nomination)

Successful nominations should detail but not be limited to the following:

– When the nominee has gone above/beyond what is expected of them
– What makes them stand out from other newcomers you have had in the past
– How the business has benefited from the nominee being hired
– What skills the nominee has brought to the business
– Examples of work that the nominee has worked on
– Anything else notable that the judges might be interested in


Ellie Wem – Winner 2019

Ellie joined our team earlier this year as a Junior Developer. Ellie has sky rocketed since joining. She has built the respect and trust of everyone on the team, and she’s rapidly grasped and run with new technologies. We see a trajectory for Ellie as an absolutely core member of team as we grow, which is impressive given she joined without a huge experience as a developer. She continues to impress with her ability to calmly and confidently work through what ever is handed to her and to push for more. Ellie has also worked mentoring others outside of Rainbird, working for a week in the summer mentoring young people at a Neon Tribe hosted event. Her attitude of wanting to help others is matched by her ability to use this experience as an opportunity of self development and learning. It’s a rare thing to find someone like Ellie, we consider ourselves very lucky to have her as part of our team.

Finalist 2017

Sabeena Thayananthan

Finalist 2019

Natasha Evette