Press Release - And the Winners are...

12 September 2022

The Women’s Awards 2022 – And the Winners are…

A tribute and minute’s silence were given at the start of this year’s Women’s Awards in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.  The event was held at Colwick Hall in Nottingham.

Sandra Pollock OBE, Founder of The Women’s Awards, said:

“Queen Elizabeth II demonstrated a commitment of service to others, to her role as monarch and nation.  She has been an inspiring example of excellent female leadership and diplomacy. As our Awards celebrate female achievement it seemed only right to begin with the recognition of her example.“

This year’s celebration of female achievement saw the bringing together all shortlisted nominees from the East and West Midlands regions for the very first time for an event that was truly special in view of the circumstances.

In addition to the wealth of outstanding women recognised during the evening, there was the official launch of the SHINE Community Board, Chaired by Leanne Bonner-Cooke MBE. The SHINE Board has been created to support us in the development of further opportunities to support, bring recognition to and support the women in our community, and membership them in their development in career, business, and life in general.

You can see Leanne’s speech here

Guests were invited to sign up to join us in this new and exciting aspect of our work. If you would like to sign up to join us you can still do so through this link SHINE

Thanks to our Headline Sponsor for the second year running, Creative Direction, and also to all of our sponsors and partners for their continued commitment and support. Now here is the list of this year’s winners and finalists for East and West Midlands.

East Midlands Winners and Finalist 2022

Award CategoryWinnerFinalistSponsor
Outstanding Woman with Community Impact
Charity & Voluntary Sectors
Anita RaoHilary BrownCosy Direct
Outstanding Woman in Arts, Media & MusicGabrielle MillerJane HearstDeLuXe Magazine
Outstanding B.A.M.E. Female Leader of the YearDr. Iris LightfootePatsy AndrewsDare to Diva
Outstanding Senior Female Executive Nicole MartinJoanna Fleetwood-SmithFab Clinics Loughborough
Outstanding Woman in EducationMital ThankiNicole MartinInspiring You CIC
Outstanding Female Entrepreneur of the YearHelen ClaytonJenny CrossTilton Conway
Outstanding Woman in Professional ServicesSam CattellMarie EllisParagon Sales Solutions
Outstanding Female Leader in a Market TownSarah BulmerBarbara SimsUppingham First
Outstanding Female Disability ChampionChrissa WadlowLouise BolzWomen in Management UK
Outstanding Woman in Public ServicesSiobhan GormanHilary FoxSHINE
Inspiration Male Supporting Women LeadersOli PageRon Simpson BEMOpen Mind Training & Development Ltd
Special Award: Lifetime Achievement Award    
Outstanding Services to Community Cohesion
Elvy MortonOpen Mind Training & Development Ltd
East Midlands Inspirational
Female Leader of the Year 2022
Dr. Iris LightfooteCreative Direction

West Midlands Winners and Finalist 2022

Award CategoryWinnerFinalistsSponsor
Outstanding Woman with Community Impact
Charity & Voluntary Sectors
Paulette SubanClare Roberts-MolloySHINE
Outstanding B.A.M.E. Female Leader of the YearRupinder SandhuPaulette SubanSHINE
Outstanding Woman in EducationTracey LeeseRupinder SubanSHINE
West Midlands Inspirational Female Leader of the Year 2022Rupinder SandhuCreative Direction

For more information, interviews or photos, please contact Sandra Pollock OBE on mobile 07977 227872 at or visit


Our official photos will be shared in our gallery shortly.

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