The leading women of Peterborough have been recognised in the city’s inaugural Women Leaders UK awards ceremony sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson.
Hosted by the charity, Women Leaders UK, 95 finalists were invited to attend the awards ceremony alongside Peterborough Mayor Cllr John Fox and Mayoress Cllr Judy Fox, CEO of Peterborough Football United Bob Symns and rival Chief Executive of MK Dons – John Cove.
Having already been hosted in Milton Keynes for three years running, founder Jan Flawn CBE opened the very first Peterborough awards by giving thanks to the judges from in and around Peterborough, the finalists and their guests.
Up to 400 people attended the awards ceremony at The Arena Showground, Peterborough on November 10.
Jan said: “It was a wonderful evening and delightful to see such inspirational women come together to celebrate their achievements.
“We knew Peterborough would be a great success, as the city is so vibrant in talent and community spirit.
“Women Leaders UK is very excited to return next year, hopefully the success of our inaugural event will inspire others to nominate or be nominated.”
Winners included Joanne Bass from XL Displays, Carole Hughes from Anna’s Hope, Gillian Beasley OBE from Peterborough City Council and Janette Nicholls from Caterpillar.
Winner of Emerging Leader, Alexa Hillier said: “It feels simply wonderful to have won. The awards ceremony was really inspiring to me as a woman in business, seeing the talent and passion among the women in the room.
“Winning the award has given me a greater sense of confidence and an awareness of the importance of my role in regards to leading other women within my business and the industry as a whole.”
Each winner will have the chance to be nominated for a national Forward Ladies award in 2018.
Winner of Outstanding Contribution, Eve Taylor from Eve Taylor London LTD spoke after the event saying: “It was a wonderful evening and such a surprise. Still at 85 years old, I love what I do (although not so much the travelling now!).
“My plan for the future is to keep learning, sharing and when ready to go on the long journey, I will be grateful for the chances I have experienced.
During the night, guests were asked to dig deep and donate to the charity this year, East Anglian Air Ambulance. Fundraising manager Chris Donaldson gave an informative speech about the charity and their plans.
“EAAA is honoured to have been chosen as benefiting charity for this inspirational event.
“As we strive, year on year, to provide an improved service to the people of East Anglia, our costs increase, and corporate support is therefore becoming more important as we move forward.
“Similar support has enabled us to provide a Trauma Doctor and critical care paramedic on every shift, 365 days a years, day and night.
“The donation from Women Leaders Peterborough will help us to sustain this service.”
All surplus funds will also be donated, generated by sponsors Roythornes, OCS, Peterborough City Council and PJ Care.
Speakers from the evening included Margaret Willis, CEO of Unity Trust Bank and Penny Power OBE, co-founder of The Business Café.
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