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SUCCESSFUL WOMEN IN BUSINESS

WHO ARE THE AWARDS FOR?
  • Forward Ladies National Awards is the largest celebration of successful women throughout the UK. The event recognises and celebrates extraordinary and outstanding female business leaders across the UK. 
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  • AWARDS KEY DATES 
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  • 3rd September  Closed for nominations & applications 

    30th September Shortlisting finalised 1st Stage finalists announced 

  • 15th October – 2nd Stage – LIVE Finalists Judging interview – ONLINE
  • 26th November – The Grand Final Event, Overall Winners AnnouncedVIRTUAL EVENT 

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Applications ARE NOW OPEN!

“The impact of the awards has been huge. This achievement has shone a spotlight on my career and inspired others. More importantly, the awards have enabled me to promote women’s causes and to encourage women to consider all possibilities.”

Lara Oyesanya
Klarna Bank

“I absolutely love the FL awards. I remember the first time I attended a few years ago and entering the room as the speaker – I couldn’t believe the buzz and the energy. But then again it’s no surprise that so many high achieving women in one room could create an unbelievably high octane, inspiring atmosphere. Every year it gets better and better.”

Sahar Hashemi
Founder Coffee Republic

ARTI HALAI

Arti Halai is a broadcaster, entrepreneur, public speaker, and author. She has more than fifteen years experience working in the media industry as a Television presenter, producer and reporter. She is Co-founder of the Fleet Street Group.

As a consultant she specialises in media training and presentation skills working with clients both in the UK and abroad. A public speaker, Arti’s first book ‘Positivity’ was published by the HotHive in 2009.

LARA OYESANYA – KLARNA BANK UK

Lara is the 2018 Overall Winner of the FL National Awards. Law graduate (LL.B Hons) with an LL.M, Comparative Company Law. Senior legal counsel at Barclays, BAE Systems, divisional counsel at RAC plc, legal director at HBOS and Group Head of Legal at LexAutolease. LexisNexis contributing and consulting editorial board member. Non-executive director of Plan International UK and Aspiring Solicitors ambassador.

RICHARD JOHN CARTER – MANAGING DIRECTOR, BASF UK & IRELAND

Richard John Carter was born in Wakefield, United Kingdom, in 1962. He studied Economics and Business Administration at the Manchester Business School, United Kingdom, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, Fachhochschule Reutlingen, Germany and Middlesex University, United Kingdom.

GRISELDA TOGOBO – CEO OF FL

Griselda began her career as an electrical engineer, she then veered into business having been influenced by the challenges and successes that her parents experienced as entrepreneurs. She trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with one of the BIG 4 professional services firms but now runs her own businesses, Forward Ladies included. Griselda is a mother of two beautiful children. She is extremely passionate about positively impacting the future of women and girls in the workforce. Griselda joined Forward Ladies as a member and was hooked.

ANNA KEELING – MD, BOEING DEFENCE UK

Anna joined Boeing as Managing Director of Boeing Defence UK in 2019 from GKN Aerospace. She is responsible for Boeing UK’s significant defence programmes, people and sites and the organisation’s growth, alignment and business development. Boeing, across all businesses, operates at 65 sites and employs 2,500 people directly and many more through a significant domestic supply chain. Anna has two decades of global leadership experience in the aerospace and automotive sectors. Before joining Boeing, she was Senior Vice President Business Transformation, leading GKN’s business improvement plan to drive profit, margin and cash and Senior Vice President Commercial, where she assumed responsibility for all GKN Aerospace’s global commercial governance and ensured an aligned customer strategy across the business.

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