Leading ladies from the 2016 First Women Awards

Leading ladies from the 2016 First Women Awards

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. 

Some winners on the awards night


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


Joining some illustrious alumni of game-changers and agenda setters, we need your help in uncovering the hidden gems Britain has to offer. Do you know any exceptional business women and senior-level professionals that fit this criteria? Get nominating now.


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