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Finalists are revealed for the English Women’s Awards 2019

The 2nd English Women’s Awards 2019 will recognise and celebrate female talent from the Midlands to the South, following the North edition held earlier this year. The event will honour women power-houses and organisations with influential and hardworking women making a change in industries. The public have nominated worthy women and finalists have now been shortlisted.

The Awards are taking place in Birmingham’s Holiday Inn Airport (NEC) Hotel on Tuesday November 5th 2019 and are set to be a brilliant night celebrating the achievements of women in different roles across many sectors of industry, including business, sport, tech, management and charity.

The Awards will provide women entrepreneurs, professionals, businesses, civil servants and sports stars with a platform to be celebrated for their success and contribution to society, and stand as inspirational role models for the next generation of girls set to smash the patriarchy.

Creative Oceanic has delivered award ceremonies for nearly a decade in cities around the world, including Belfast, Dublin, Toronto, London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester Leicester, Birmingham and is soon launching in New York. Creative Oceanic campaigns have awarded people in the hospitality, food, hair & beauty, SME business, independent retail and women’s sectors.

Irfan Younis CEO of Creative Oceanic said: “We’re delighted to bring the Women’s Awards back to England for the second year, and are sure this year will provide its fair share of brilliant talent and inspiration. Best of luck to all finalists, we look forward to celebrating with you on the night.”

The finalists for the English Women’s Awards are:

Contribution to Arts and Culture

Janice Connolly (Women & Theatre, Birmingham)

Janet Vaughan (Talking Birds, Coventry)

Bisoye Babalola (GLOBAL NIGHTS, London)

Helen Peters (Shakespeare’s England, Stratford)

Chenine Bhathena (The City of Culture Trust, Coventry)

Deborah Parker (Cinema For All, Sheffield)

Sarah Brigham (Derby Theatre, Derby)

Jennifer Smith (RicNic, Burton Upon Trent)

Anji Daniels (Aston Performinging Arts Academy, Birmingham)

Ruchita Shaikh (Artcore, Derby)


Services to Accounting and Finance

Anne Lakin (RSM, Stoke-on-Trent)

Anjulika Salhan (Salhan Accountants, Birmingham)

Kate Jones (Cutter & Co., Birmingham)

Nicola Gray (AGS, Dudley)

Wendy Davis (CK CA, Dudley)

Jayne Wooldridge (Walker Hubble, Dudley)

Catherine Desmond (Smith Cooper, Ashbourne)

Wendy O’Connor (Page Kirk, Nottingham)

Emma Murray (Nicholsons, Lincoln)

Vicki Craig (Magma, Warwickshire)


Businesswoman of the Year

Cerys Johnson (REPL Group, Birmingham)

Helen Lindo (RU Group, Nottingham)

Saira Demmer (SF Recruitment, London)

Prema Fairburn (Primary Homecare, Suffolk)

Shakila Ali (Stepping Stones, Stoke Upon Trent)

Susan Hallam (Hallam Internet, Nottingham)

Anna Ince (Resonate, Derby)

Fiona Moffat (Timms Solicitors, Derby)

Debra Charles (Novacroft, Northampton)


Business of the Year

XL Displays (Joanne Bass, Peterborough)

Grenade (Juliet Barratt, Solihull)

Columbus Global UK (Mary Hunter, Nottingham)

Addo Food Group (Deborah Bolton, Nottingham)

PJ Care Ltd (Jan Flawn, Milton Keynes)

Cambridge Satchel Company (Julie Deane, Cambridge)

Gymophobics (Donna Hubbard, Liverpool)

Porterbook (Mary Grant, Birmingham)

Forensic Pathways (Deb Leary, Birmingham)

Solmar Villas (Julie Blake, Stoke-on- Trent)


Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year

Emma Heathcote-James (The Little Soap Company, Worcestershire)

Farrah Allarakha (Neo Elegance, Alfreton)

Stacey Smith (Laex Tan, Bradford)

Sherine Walrond (Ivy Wild, Worcester)

Philippa Marsh (Dudley’s Hair and Beauty, Nottingham)

Emma Moss (Prima Makeup, Stourbridge)

Michelle Lauren (Essex Girl Beauty, Essex)

Natasha Ryan (Trimz and Tantrumz, Birmingham)

Ruby Kaur (Clinic Republic, Birmingham)

Maxine Laceby (Absolute Collagen, London)


Business Woman of the Year (less than 50 staff)

Sarah Dowzell (Natural HR, Birmingham)

Eman Al-Hillawi (Entec Si, Birmingham)

Anne Beckett-Allen (Rosedale Funeral Home, Norfolk)

Femi Latif (Femi Health & Beauty, Leicester)

Amanda Strong (Mercia Image Print, Derby)

Nicki Brockhurst & Amanda Bentley (Brockhurst Davies, Loughborough)

Michelle Carson-Williams (Holmes Noble, Birmingham)

Irene Yoong-Henery (Ian Henery Solicitors, Birmingham)

Diane Benussi (Benussi & Co Ltd., Birmingham)



Business of the Year (less than 50 staff)

Cross Productions  (Jenny Cross, Leicester)

Smart Marketing Works (Kay Porter, Stone)

Lounge Underwear (Melanie Paradise, Stourport On Severn)

Breedon Consulting (Nicki Robson, Ashby)

Simple Stuff Works (Liz Goldsmith, Tamworth)

Essential Print Services (Yvonne Morgan, Derby)

Astute Recruitment (Mary Maguire & Sarah Stevenson, Derby)

The Emma Press (Emma Wright, Birmingham)

Hall Farm Park (Tracy Knapton, South Kelsey)

The Partnership (Carolyn Smith, Wolverhampton)


Creative Industries Leader of the Year

Nicola Thompson (Pick Everard, Leicester)

Shari Sethayesh (YMD Boon, Derby)

Helen Routledge (Totem Learning, Coventry)


Services to Charity/ Third Sector

Emma Hallam (Alex’s Wish, Loughborough)

Lisa Cowley (Beacon Institute for the Blind, Sedgley)

Naseem Akhtar (Saheli Hub project, Birmingham)

Jackie Owen (Home from Hospital Care, Birmingham)

Carly Jone (SIFA Fireside, Birmingham)

Monica Shafaq (The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, West Bromwhich)

Jeanette Young (The Aurora Group, London)

Louise Mckiernan  (Disability Resource Centre, Birmingham)

Penny Venables (John Taylor Hospice Charity, Birmingham)

Jane Howson (Autism East Midlands, Nottinghamshire)


Food Entrepreneur of The Year

Meg Haggar (Raw Halo, London)

Reena Salhan (Green Sisters, Birmingham)

Rosie Ginday (Miss Macaroon, Birmingham)

Heidi White (Eat Cambridge, Cambridge)

Jackie Williamson (Noni’s Family Kitchen, Leicester)

Melissa Snover (Nourish3d, Birmingham)


CEO of the Year

Zelica Carr (Ice Cream Alliance, Derby)

Karen Armitage (Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), Stafford)

Nicola Beach (Suffolk County Council, Ipswich)

Sara Osborne (Derbyshire Community Bank, Derbyshire)

Lisa Wainwright (Sport and Recreation Alliance, London)

Mandie Stravino (Derby College, Derby)

Clare Marchant (The Universities & Colleges Admission Service, Cheltenham)

Marion Plant (North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College, Coventry)

Diane Lea (Honeycomb Group, Stoke-on-Trent)

Jeannette MacKinney (Hales Valley Trust, Dudley)


Entrepreneur of the Year

Leanne Bonner-Cooke & Colette Wyatt (e-Bate, Leicestershire)

Ange Terry (Secret Warriors, Derbyshire)

Pauline Roche (RnR Organisation, Birmingham)

Lisa Turner (The Wrinkly Elephant Company, Birmingham)

Harj Millington (Style Our Home, Birmingham)

Sue Yildiz & Gennine Cope (Kopek Security, Nuneaton)

Lauren Dorling ( Solesmith, Burton on Trent)

Christianne Lee (Broke and Beautiful, Coventry)

Jade Stanley (Sex Doll Official, Worcestershire)

Suzanne Edwards (Enlighten , Tamworth)


Services to Education

Michelle Shaw  (University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust, Wolverhampton)

Emma Bond (University of Suffolk, Suffolk)

Kathryn Mitchell (The University of Derby, Derby)

Liz Barnes (Staffordshire University, Staffordshire)

Kathryn Moore (Birmingham City University, Birmingham)

Val Braybrooks (National Centre for Food Manufacturing , Lincoln)

Maggie Andrews (University of Worcester, Worcester)

Angela O’Sullivan (De Montfort University Leicester , Leicester)

Christine Pascal (Centre for Research in Early Childhood,


Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Jemma Phibbs (School Space, London)

Cleo Morris (Mydine, Birmingham)

Katie Buckingham (Altruist Enterprises , Birmingham)

Dawn Foote (Katapult, Derby)

Anisa Haghdadi (Beatfreeks, Birmingham)


Family Run Business of the Year

Heart Security (Marie Tracey, Mansfield)

Emerald Group (Sarah Windrum, Leamington Spa)

Shredall SDS Group (Lucy Shipley, Nottingham)

Tay Fire and Security (Ellie Sanders, Nottingham)

Jayley (Zhong & Jean Li, Stoke-On-Trent)

Veincentre (Deborah West, Stoke-On-Trent)

Best of British Beer (Gill Sherwin, Newcastle)

The Tollgate Hotel (Lynn Oldfield, Stoke-on-Trent)

Phoenix Gas Services (Kirsty Brazier, Stoke-on-Trent)

Clifton Packaging (Farhana Sheikh, Leicester)


Services to Law

Julia Lowe (Higgs & Sons, Brierley Hill)

Arpinder Dhillon (HCR LAW, Worcester)

Beverley Smith (George Green Solicitors, Birmingham)

Lucie Byron (Wright Hassall, Warwick)

Sarah Astbury (MFG Solicitors, Worcestershire)

Jane Rudge (Thursfields, Halesowen)

Melanie Bridgen (Nelsons, Derby)

Tina Circus (Thomas Horton, Bromsgrove)

Alison Neate (Smith Partnership,  Derby)

Amanda Gordon (Actons, Nottinghamshire)


Services to Business

Lisa Biesty (Derby County Football Club, Derby)

Andrea Pinchen (Leicester Tigers, Leicester)

Zoisa Walton (Octopus Energy, London)

Dalia Ahmed (Santander, Birmingham)

Laurie Hannant (BDO, Nottingham)


Services to Medicine

Melanie Davies (The Midlands Health Alliance (MHA), Leicester)

Amanda Daley (Loughborough University, Loughborough)

Melanie Davies (Leicester Diabetes Centre, Leicester)

Deirdre Anne Kelly (Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham)

Siobhan Quenby (University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry)

Rachel Munton (Mid Nottinghamshire ICP, Nottingham)

Belinda Winder (British Psychological Society, Nottingham)

Elaine Boyle (Leicester City Football Club Professor in Child Health, Leicester)

Michelle Crosbie (University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton)

Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham, Birmingham)


Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Claire Dunn & Sarah King ( Design, Nottingham)

Rachel Hayward (Ask the Chameleon, Derby)

Amna Akhtar & Kiran Kaur (GirlDreamer, Birmingham)

Mabel Duncombe (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids, Devon)

Anisa Haghdadi (Beatfreeks Arts, Birmingham)

Tara Askham & Natalie Sharpe (Infused Learning,  Nottingham)

Carry Somers (Pachacuti, Derbyshire)

Sarah Gatford (Sarah Gatford ltd, Derby)

Sarah Forbes (Gro Organic, Birmingham)


Best Professional in Business

Jane Theaker (Kinomica, Cheshire)

Asha Devi (Arup, Birmingham)

Karen Silk (Silks, Birmingham)

Alison McCormack (Bretherton, Oxford)

Emma Rigler (Laing O’Rourke, Kent)

Linda Smith (BetaDen, Malvern)


Rising Star of the Year

Monica Huang (Morningside Pharaceuticals, Loughborough)

Sarah Cooper-Jones (NatWest, Birmingham)

Susan White (Hillarys, Lincoln)

Lorraine Sutcliffe (Baxter Freight, Nottingham)

Sharon Singh (Marstons, Wolverhampton)

Charlotte Cooper (Jaguar Land Rover, Kenilworth)

Emily Burridge (Hanson, Walsall)

Jessica Poulson (Birmingham City FC, Birmingham)


Independent Retail Business of the Year

The Pud Store (Frances Bishop,

K+G Curated Space (Helen Kenny,

Roseanna Croft Jewellery (Roseanna Croft, Bakewell)

People First Mobility (Karen Sheppard, Skegness)

Anne Furbank Fashions (Anne Furbank, Buckden)

City Laser and Skin Clinic (Dimple Verma, Leicester)

Sally Montague Hair Group (Sally Montague, Derby)

Young Ideas (Anne Wright, Ashbourne)

Stuart Mobility (Justina Nurse, Burton upon Trent)


Services to Science & Technology

Kamini Edgley (Network Rail, London)

Elizabeth Moore (University of Cambridge, Cambridge)

Zoe Cadwell (Anglia Ruskin University, Suffolk)

Emma Bunce (University of Leicester, Leicester)

Rachel Clare Thomson (Loughborough University, Loughborough)

Alice Roberts (University of Birmingham, Birmingham)

Nicola Wilkin (The University of Birmingham, Birmingham)

Suzie Imber (University of Leicester, Leicester)

Annie Maddison Warren (Cranfield University, Cranfield)

Julie Mills (Milton Keynes College, Milton Keynes)


Small Business of the Year

Rectory Farm (Kim Dowse, Grantham)

Novo cosmetics (Natalie Brookfield,  Sutton)

Victoria Rose (Victoria Rose, Nottinghamshire)

Glynis Wright & Co. (Glynis Wright, Leicester)

Wilde About Tan (Andrea Wilde, Nottingham)

My HR Hub (Rebecca Bull, Nottingham)

Essential Print Services (Yvonne Gorman, Derby)

The Birmingham Whisky Club (Amy Seton, Nottingham)

Darcey and Bate Accountants (Kayleigh Fox, Ashby-de-la-Zouch)

Sandstone Yoga & Pilates (Lis Sheridan and Kayley Hall, West Midlands)

Innovate Awarding (Charlotte Bosworth, Bristol)


Social Leader of the Year

Katie Buckingham (Altruist Enterprises)

Suzie Branch-Haddow (Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy, Birmingham)

Meera Sonecha (Mayor and Faith Conference, Birmingham)

Mashkura Begum (Saathi House, Birmingham)

Angie Mason (Hotel Booking Agents Association, Leicestershire)

Dawnie Deaville (Ruby Girl, Staffordshire)

Trudi Beswick (Caudwell Children, Stoke-on-Trent)

Maria Hanson (Me&Dee, Derby)

Siobhan Fennell (Accessible Belper, Derbyshire)

Aysha and Kiran Iqbal (Odara, Birmingham)


Managing Director of the Year

Emma Brealey (Petwood Hotel, Lincolnshire)

Nerys Chell (Eden Hall Day Spa, Newark)

Carol Burke (Unipart Manufacturing Group, Coventry)

Karen Smart (East Midlands Airport, Reading)

Flo Wood (Datalink Electronics, Leicester)

Fleur Sexton (Pet-XI, Coventry)

Sonya Wiley (Phoenix Engineering Services, Newark)


Woman of Influence

Dawn Childs (The Women’s Engineering Society, Stevenage)

Immy Kaur (Impact Hub Birmingham, Birmingham)

Pushpa Alexander (Headz Up Business, Walsall)

Kiran Trehan (Centre for Women’s Enterprise, Birmingham)

Beverley Nielsen (IDEA Institute, Worcester)

Julie Cunningham (Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Wolverhampton)

Henrietta Brealey (Greater Birmingham Chamber, Birmingham)

Samantha Miller (Birmingham Future, Birmingham)

Anjum Khan (Asian Business Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham)

Kam Saini (Women in Property, Birmingham)


Women Support Group of The Year

Safenet  (Burnley)

Saheli  (Birmingham)

The Haven Wolverhampton (Wolverhampton)

Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid (Birmingham)

Changing Lives (Gateshead)

Anawim (Birmingham)

NWG Network (Derby)

Black Country Women’s Aid (West Bromwich)

Women Acting In Today’s Society (Birmingham)

Halow (Guildford)


Initiative of the Year

Nyasha Pitt (iDNetwork, Coventry)

Jane Fallon (PSDM, Birmingham)

Nicole Gauntlett (Grow Mama, Birmingham)

Talisha ‘Tee Cee’ Johnson (Skool Girl Online, Birmingham)

Shani Dhanda (The Asian Woman Festival, Birmingham)

Shona Hudson and Clair Parfrey (Breeze Rides, Warwickshire)

Khadijah Safari (Safari Kickboxing, Milton Keynes)

Katy Thorne (Women in Criminal Law (WICL), London)

Sophia Cooper (OneFitMama, Birmingham)

Bridget Green (The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) Group, London)


Woman of the Year

Harvi Khatkar (West Midlands Police, Birmingham)

Lauren Gregory (Run Like A Girl, Royal Leamington Spa)

Karen Williams (Buddy Bag Foundation, Derbyshire)

Julia Buckingham (Brunel University, London)

Rosemary Cox (NHS Organ Donor Register, Birmingham)

Jacci Woodcock (Dying to Work, Birmingham)

Dani Saveker (GLAS, Sutton Coldfield)

Raj Holness  (Breaking the Silence, Birmingham)

Myra Ali (Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Trust. Solihull)

Nikki Barrett (Affordable Foods, Stoke-on-Trent)



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