The Awards Finalists

Rising Star

This Award is open to women who have not only already made a mark as women in business to some extent, but are also ‘women to watch’ in terms of future contribution. The winning entrant might be a future leader, or already head of a team; she could be just starting in business, forming her own company, or quickly rising through the ranks.


Lauren Georghiou, White Label Dating
Cait Salanson, The Little Kitchen Company
Catherine Turner, Rapid Search & Interim
Catherine Turness, Winchester BID

Board Level & Senior Executive of the Year

As the name implies, this category is open to women at board or senior executive level who have made a significant difference to the role of women in business within and/or outside their organisation.


Cheryl Adams, Santander
Romana Abdin, Simplyhealth
Eleanor Bradley, Nominet
Caroline Hughes-Miles, Simply Waste Solutions
Catriona Marshall, Hobbycraft
Nicola McQueen, Capita
Claire Rowe, Shoosmiths
Suzanne Taylor, Clarenco
Rachel Walton, Business Moves Group

Woman Business Owner of the Year

Judges are seeking nominations from entrepreneurial women who have founded and run their own company; women who have shown exceptional abilities in mentoring other women; and/or women who have helped their business achieve significant results in the past year.


Laura Davis, Reality HR
Freya Derrick, Hopscotch Day Nurseries
Nicola Hartland, Xcel Sales
Barinder Hothi, The Knowledge Academy
Susanne Thomson, Security Watchdog
Renee Watson, WATS.ON

Champion of Change

Open to both women and men, and in addition to the general criteria, this category recognises and rewards those who have implemented cultural change in their working environments. Entrants can be at any level in the business.


Linda Christmas, Chiltern International
Lorraine Collis, ELM Group
Sarah Kavanagh, The Southern Co-operative
Rob Pilbrow, Porterhouse Medical
Natalie Weaving, The Typeface Group

Enlightened Employer Award 

In addition to the general criteria, judges are seeking nominations from or on behalf of companies with a turnover between £5m and £25m, that have shown exceptional commitment to gender equality in the workplace. They will be able to demonstrate a forward-thinking, proactive and creative approach to enabling women to realise their full potential. This could include taking action in areas such as recruitment, employee recognition and development, flexible working, or any other ways of creating a positive and inclusive workplace culture which enables women to excel.


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