Press Release - Women's Awards 2020

13 October 2020

Women’s Awards – East Midlands 2020 Winners and Finalists

On the 9th October, the Women’s Awards – East Midlands celebrated female excellence in an online Awards Night.

The prestigious Women’s Awards, formerly the East Midlands Women’s Awards (EMWA), hosted their fourth annual awards ceremony online in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This spectacular celebration was hosted by BBC Radio Leicester presenters Rupal Rajani and Dave Andrews, and the Women’s Awards founder, Sandra Pollock. This year’s Headline Sponsor was Creative Directions, who were responsible for the Award’s rebranding.

Sandra Pollock, Founder of the Women’s Awards, said: “2020 will be a year that none of us will forget for many reasons. So, let us also ensure that we recognise and celebrate the good things that are happening across the East Midlands.”

This year, the Awards received a total 105 nominations, another phenomenal number. The overall award for Inspirational Female Leader of the Year 2020 was Albey Law-Smith, who was presented her award live at her home. Sandra Pollock commented on why Albey Law-Smith had been chosen: “Excellent and inspiring leadership transcends today; it looks to create inner visions of a better tomorrow. I was impressed by the work and vision of [Albey] for all of these reasons and more.”

Winners were:

  • Outstanding Woman in Care Services Award 2020

(Sponsored by Uppingham First)

WINNER: Joanne Warren ¦ Finalist: Amy Thornton

  • Outstanding Woman in Education Award 2020

(Sponsored by Cosy Direct)

WINNER: Albey Law-Smith ¦ Finalist: Arran Roby Kaur Stirton

  • Outstanding Woman in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Award 2020

(Sponsored by Corporate Motion)

WINNER: Martha Clokie ¦ Finalist: Dr Sarah Casewell

  • Outstanding Woman of Community Impact   – Charity & Voluntary Award 2020

(Sponsored by Inspiring You CIC)

WINNER: Lorraine Lewis ¦ Finalist:  Khudeja Amer-Sharif

  • Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2020

(Sponsored by Finance Lab)

WINNER: Carla Garey ¦ Finalist: Sam Rathling

  • Outstanding Woman in Professional Services Award 2020

(Sponsored by Arbonne)

WINNER: Bhumika Parmar ¦ Finalist: Lindsey Atterbury

  • Outstanding Senior Female Executive Award 2020

(Sponsored by Sandra Pollock)

WINNER: Liz Clarke ¦ Finalist: Anne Ashman

  • Outstanding Female Leader in a Market Town Award 2020

(Sponsored by Women in Management UK)

WINNER: Lucy Stephenson ¦ Finalist: Jenny Cross

  • Outstanding BAME Female Leader of the Year Award 2020

(Sponsored by Dare to Diva)

WINNER: Pamela Campbell-Morris ¦ Finalist: Khudeja Amer-Sharif

  • Outstanding Woman in Arts, Media & Music Award 2020

(Sponsored by DluXe Magazine)

WINNER: Laura Wilkinson ¦ Finalist: Jane Hearst

  • Inspirational Male Supporting Female Leaders Award 2020

(Sponsored by Open Mind Training & Development Ltd)

WINNER: Simon Cole ¦ Finalist: Tom Bates

  • East Midlands Inspirational Female Leader 2020

(Sponsored by Creative Direction)

WINNER: Albey Law-Smith

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The Women’s Awards celebrates the regional contribution of women across the East and West Midlands.  The purpose of these Awards is to raise awareness, recognise and celebrate the hard work and valuable contribution of women from all cultures, communities, and sectors.

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