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2021 Winners

Business Woman of the Year Award

Louise Hardy

Louise Hardy is a civil engineer who delivered some nationally significant infrastructure projects. She now has a portfolio of non- executive director positions on FTSE and public sector boards, encompassing housebuilding, mining and manufacturing sectors; including Polypipe Group Ltd - one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of products for the construction industry.

Mentor of the Year Award

Louise Hardy

Louise Hardy is a civil engineer who delivered some nationally significant infrastructure projects. She now has a portfolio of non- executive director positions on FTSE and public sector boards, encompassing housebuilding, mining and manufacturing sectors; including Polypipe Group Ltd - one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of products for the construction industry.

Public Sector and Third Sector Award

Chinwe Osuchukwu

Dr Chinwe Osuchukwu is a Paediatrics Neurodisability Consultant, Deputy Director of Medical Education, Mentor at Central North West London (CNWL-MK) NHS Trust. Chinwe is a Trustee of CBM UK. Her contribution to women nationally and internationally, earned the Outstanding Contribution to Women in 2018 from the Women Leaders UK Awards.

Charity and Social Enterprise Award

Alessandra Alonso

Alessandra is a senior professional with 20 years of experience in and around the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry. In 2017 Women in Travel was registered as a social enterprise, with the aim to provide women with the opportunity to fulfil their economic and individual potential through employability and entrepreneurship.

STEM Leader Award

Sarah-Jane Mintey

Sarah founded Developing Experts four years ago with the goal of creating a fit for purpose curriculum for schools. Her company recently won a government contract and last year was voted 'best edtech' product in Europe. In 2020 its been selected as one of ten companies for Google's growth program.

Corporate Emerging Leader Award

Farrah Ekeroth

As Head of Employer Brand at EY, Farrah leads a team of employer brand strategists to attract, engage and retain exceptional talent across the UK firm. She is also Co-Chair of the EY Women’s Network which serves 3,200+ members across the UK to accelerate gender parity at EY and beyond.

Corporate Leader Award

Sharon Bayfield

Sharon joined the HR team 17 years ago, covering all elements of HR and now heads up the Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP)
Early Careers agenda for Great Britain.
Sharon’s dedication and commitment to CCEP’s Early Careers' programme has been recognised by CCEP’s leadership team, her peers and early talent alike.

Female Entrepreneur Award

Leanne Silverwood

MD, Leanne pioneered Local Care Force to be the first and only company published as the 'Gold Standard for Agency Nursing' by the Royal College of Nursing.
Growth has been organic through consistent innovation to improve the industry, hard work, engaging with and empowering those who work with me.

Young Entrepreneur Award

Greta McDonald

I am the founder of Sweet Lounge, a confectionery brand and I currently run the entire company and wear many hats!
I organise everything from Marketing, PR, Sales, Supply Chain Management, Account manager, Product photographer and product content, you name it, I do it!

Entrepreneur Start-Up Award

Catherine Gazzoli

I am the founder of Piccolo, the UK’s fastest growing premium baby and toddler food company. I previously worked in the charitable sector of the food world, working with the United Nations, before becoming the CEO of Slow Food UK, the global campaigning organisation for fair food.

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