The Awards Winners 2016

Rising Star

Winner: Catherine Turness, Winchester BID
Role Model – Catherine Turner, Rapid Search & Interim


  • Lauren Georghiou, White Label Dating
  • Cait Salanson, The Little Kitchen Company

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.

Board Level & Senior Executive of the Year

Winner – Nicola McQueen, Capita
Role Models:  Rachel Walton, Business Moves Group, Claire Rowe, Shoosmiths & Eleanor Bradley, Nominet


  • Romana Abdin, Simplyhealth
  • Cheryl Adams, Santander
  • Caroline Hughes-Miles, Simply Waste Solutions
  • Catriona Marshall, Hobbycraft
  • Suzanne Taylor, Clarenco

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.

Woman Business Owner of the Year

Winner – Barinder Hothi, The Knowledge Academy
Role Models – Nicola Hartland, Xcel Sales, Renee Watson, WATS.ON & Freya Derrick, Hopscotch Day Nurseries


  • Laura Davis, Reality HR
  • Susanne Thomson, Security Watchdog

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.

Champion of Change

Winner – Linda Christmas, Chiltern International
Role Models –Rob Pilbrow, Porterhouse Medical & Sarah Kavanagh, Southern Co-operative


  • Lorraine Collis, ELM Group
  • Natalie Weaving, The Typeface Group

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.

Enlightened Employer Award 

Winner – Menzies
Role Model –  Blandy & Blandy


  • MJP Law

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.