Hosted by comedian Katherine Ryan, the 2016 First Women Awards produced another stellar crop of inspirational winners.
Britain is filled to the brim with female talent, and the difficulty we had in picking our finalists only served to showcase how women across the nation are tearing down conventions and reshaping leadership on these fair shores.
The programme has honoured many exceptional women, from Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers, Thea Green, founder of Nails Inc, and corporate leaders such as BP’s Angela Strank. And now we unveil the next crop of females to have won the awards.
The 2016 First Women Award winners:
Engineering and Manufacturing: Katy Moss, managing director at Trent Refractories
The Built Environment: Valerie Owen OBE, chair at Swan Housing Association
Young Achiever of the Year: Pip Murray, founder Pip & Nut
Business Services: Joanne Smith, CEO of The Consulting Consortium
Entrepreneur of the Year: Clare Johnston, CEO and founder the Up Group
Science and Technology: Claire Guest, CEO of Medical Detection Dogs
Finance: Hazel Moore, chairman and co-founder of FirstCapital
Public Service: Hilary Chipping, deputy chief executive at SEMLEP
Media: Shamim Sarif, novelist, screenwriter, film director at Enlightenment Productions
Mentor of the Year: Sarah Matthew, president of global health practice, Golin
Tourism and Leisure: Jude Kelly CBE, artistic director at Southbank Centre
Retail and Consumer: Sally Preston, managing director and founder of Kiddylicious
Disruptor of the Year: Kate Newhouse, CEO of Doctor Care Anywhere
Business of the Year: Ingrid Devon, EMEA diversity and inclusion lead at Dell
Lifetime Achievement Award: Baroness Ruby McGregor Smith