Awards Finalists 2017 2017-09-18T12:52:00+00:00

The Women in Business Awards 2017 Finalists

Rising Star

  • Sarah Eades, A-One Insurance Group
  • Joy Foster, TechPixies
  • Lisa Gallacher, Porterhouse Medical
  • Stella James, Gooseberry Planet
  • Sharon Pursey, SafeToNet
  • Natalie Reeves, South Coast Creative

This award is designed to recognise emerging talent. It is open to women who have not only already made a mark in business, 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 out in business, forming her own company, or quickly rising through the ranks.

The judges will be looking for examples as evidence, either through their activities or achievements which they have brought about for themselves or others.  This can be submitted by the nominee herself, or as testimonials from colleagues. 

Champion of Change

For women in the workplace
  • Sarah Chapman, 3M
  • Ali Powell, Fitness First
  • Alessandra Sherman, United Konsultants
  • Charlotte Smith, GCS

This award recognises both women and men who have demonstrated their ability and commitment to raising the value of diversity and inclusiveness in their work environment. The successful candidate will be able to show how their ability to influence or bring about cultural change in the workplace has given rise to more support for gender diversity and equality. 

Open to both men and women, entrants can be at any level in the business. 

Enlightened Employer 

Supporting women in the workplace
  • Boyes Turner
  • Get Ahead VA
  • HAP Architects
  • In Cloud Solutions
  • Porterhouse Medical
  • Reality HR

In addition to the general criteria, judges are seeking nominations from, or on behalf of, companies of any size 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, helping women returning to the workplace or any other ways of creating a positive and inclusive workplace culture which enables women to excel.

Woman Business Owner of the Year

  • Nicola Hartland, Xcel Sales
  • Georgina Hurcombe, LoveLove Films
  • Jo Lyon, Talking Talent
  • Liz Matraves and Caroline Atkinson, In Cloud Solutions
  • Helen Todd, Stubbings Property Marketing

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.

Board Level & Senior Executive of the Year

  • Sara Bertin, Shorefield Holidays
  • Sarah Eades, A-One Insurance Group
  • Catherine Maxfield, Eric Robinson Solicitors
  • Helen O’Kane, BDO
  • Ali Powell, Fitness First

This award is open to women at board or senior executive level who have not only achieved personally in their organisation, but have made a significant difference to the role of women in business within and/or outside their organisation over the past 12 months. The winning candidate will have demonstrated their attitude and commitment to developing, mentoring and promoting other women in their roles in business, they may have influenced cultures and championed change in their organisations to support gender diversity and gender equality. 

Career-break Returner of the Year

  • Gillian Hancey, Porterhouse Medical
  • Alice Thurlow, Osprey Consulting Services
  • Fi Warren-Smith, FWS Properties

This award recognises those who have returned to the workplace after a break, and who have achieved excellence in their role in the first 12 months of returning. They may have achieved a high level of performance, had a positive influence on others and/or made a significant contribution to the organisation and those around them. The winning candidate will be seen as an inspiration to others and someone who has or is overcoming many of the challenges of returning to work. This award is open to both women and also men who have supported their female partner in her career.  

Spotlight on Women in STEM

  • Louize Clarke, ConnectTVT
  • Ruth Mastenbroek, Ruth Mastenbroek
  • Sandra Sassow, SEaB Energy
  • Riham Satti, MeVitae
  • Renee Watson, The Curiosity Box and WATS.ON

This year’s spotlight award is for recognition of those women who have achieved significant success through either, science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) in their industry, on an individual basis, or through their leadership of others. As a result of their performance they have positively impacted their organisations and been a role model for women entering into these sectors. 

Role Model of the Year

  • Sarah Burns, Smart Works Reading
  • Alexandra Finlayson, Vail Williams
  • Julianne Ponan, Creative Nature
  • Ali Powell, Fitness First
  • Julie Sadler, O2 Telefonica
  • Leona Shepherd, 3M
  • Catherine Turness, Winchester BID
This award is open to any woman at any level of their organisation. The winner will be someone who has inspired, enabled or supported other women inside or outside their business in a significant way. 
Their influence will have had a notable impact on those women and possibly their business. The judges will be looking for evidence of where, what, when and how they have achieved this in the past 12 months.