Forward Ladies Celebrates the Success of Business Women in Yorkshire, North East and Scotland
Young Entrepreneur Category
Winner: Tamma Carel
Director and Senior Environmental Consultant at Imvelo limited; Her passion is STEM engagement and working with businesses in all sectors to ensure environmental legal compliance, reduce environmental risk, prevent pollution and increase resource efficiency.
Forward Ladies has announced the winners of the National Awards and Summit for 2018, sponsored by HSBC UK. The Awards took place on Friday 14th September at a celebration lunch at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle before an inspirational audience of senior and influential business leaders.
The esteemed National Awards were introduced nine years ago to acknowledge and promote the fact that women are an integral and invaluable part of every business. This year, Forward Ladies continues to recognise and honour the most respected businesswomen, across a wide range of business categories.
Forward Ladies Managing Director Griselda Togobo said: “It is 100 years since women first got the right to vote in the UK, but gender equality remains elusive. Whilst we have clearly made progress over the years, our mission to achieve equality and bring diversity to leadership roles is not yet complete.
“That said, this has been another fantastic year for women and that should be celebrated, and through our National Awards we are once again delighted to be working in partnership with HSBC UK UK to showcase the very best women in business here in the UK.
“The calibre of entries has been increasing year on year, and our regional shortlists are the everyday heroines, trailblazers and role models who have succeeded despite enormous challenges. They deserve recognition.”
Jennifer Crawley, Head of Performance for Small Business Banking at HSBC UK and chief judge for Forward Ladies, said: “We’re proud to be working with Forward Ladies as part of our ongoing commitment to support women in business across the UK.
“Each year we are inspired by the number of high-calibre entries, and this year has highlighted the exceptionally talented businesswomen we have in the UK. These entrants are the future entrepreneurs of our country and play a critical role in our economy.”
The eleven category winners will now take part in a judging day in Manchester in November, before a distinguished panel of business leaders, where they will join finalists from regional events in the Midlands, London and the South East, and the North West, Wales and Ireland. The overall national winner will be announced at a grand finale to be held in Leeds on the 7th December.
The keynote speaker was Professor Turner OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Teesside University. Jane has a Doctorate in Business Leadership and is an experienced and qualified Executive Coach having coached over 220 leaders from all sectors over the last 16 years. She is a specialist in authentic leader development and spoke passionately about her career journey.
The Awards were delighted to welcome back HSBC UK as key sponsor, and are supported by many sector leading businesses including tastecard, Leeds Beckett University, LCF Law, Winburn Glass Norfolk, GKN Aerospace, Carrwood Park, Grant Thornton UK, London North Eastern Railway, Institute of Directors, Yorkshire Post and Miles Smith the Insurer.
See my reaction on video, just after receiving the award