It was a truly competitive category with equally amazing ladies having made the regional finals. Congratulations to all the finalists in this category: Leanne Goodwin, MD, Jobwise, Sally Penni, Barrister and executive director, Codethink, Rachel Ray, founder of Bright and Beautiful, Deborah Smith, MD Fennel UK.
“It’s fantastic to have won this award among such stiff competition and in a category I feel very passionate about. Encouraging and instilling confidence in women so they can be the best they can be is something I do inside and outside of my business and I’m delighted to have been recognised for it,” said Brigit, who also chairs the Common Purpose Advisory Board.
The regional final was held at a celebration lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Manchester on Friday 21st October and was judged by an impressive panel of business leaders: Karen Boswell, MD of Hitachi Rail, Sahar Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic, Helen Samuels, director of engineering at United Utilities, Helen Roberts, financial director at WGN, Dr Christine Bailey, marketing director, EMEA & Russia at Cisco Systems, Suzanne Robinson, EY partner, business assurance & diversity champion, Jacqui Miller-Charlton MBE, Miller International, Margaret Casely-Hayford, non-executive director and portfolio woman, Rachel Hannan, Angel Investor, Ajaz Ahmed, best known for Freeserve, disrupting the legal business and public speaker, Abu Bundu, director of diversity and inclusion at Pearson, EMEA & APAC, Debra White, regional director of small businesses at HSBC, Deidre Bounds, inspirational founder of Travel Firms Gocambio.com and i-to-i.com.
Forward Ladies was founded in 1999 with one single vision in mind – to unlock potential in professional women. 17 years on and they are still going strong. They wanted to create an environment and community where women could be heard, seen and able to upskill and develop themselves.
However, after a few years, their membership exploded and it became clear that they needed to spend some time creating different offers for the diverse women in our membership. They have start-ups, heads of large companies, successful small businesses and women on boards – all within its membership.
The women in business awards continue its tradition of being the premier forum for recognising and rewarding talented women across the regions.