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South: Women in Business Awards focuses on leadership and inclusion

By Dan Teuton
5 October 2018
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A little less conversation, a little more action was the takeaway message on gender equality from guest speaker Chris Stylianou, chief operating officer for Sky UK and Ireland, at last night’s Women in Business Awards.

Stylianou is one of the Women’s Business Council’s male agents of change, he gave a personal and compelling talk to 280 guests about his efforts to achieve gender parity in Sky’s senior leadership team by 2020.

Initiatives he has introduced at Sky include leadership programmes for women, changes in recruitment processes, and measuring employees on output rather than presenteeism.

“We know women are equally as capable as men, that gender balance leads to better culture and better innovation,” said Stylianou. “It is simply the right thing to do to ensure women have equal opportunities. Now is the time to accept we each own that responsibility instead of passing the blame on to others or placing it on factors outside our control.”

The Awards were held at Oakley Hall, Basingstoke. Finalists were chosen from a record number of entries judged by the sponsors.

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Barclays was the Awards’ headline sponsor. The other sponsors were Blake Morgan, KPMG, Hitachi Capital (UK), Thomas International and Westcoast.

A new award category – Start-up of the Year – recognised female entrepreneurial business owners.

Generous donations from guests raised £2,671.50 for Smart Works, the award-winning charity that provides high-quality interview clothing, styling, advice and interview training to women in need.

In the last five years, Smart Works has arranged 15,000 appointments at its centres around the UK. In the Past year, over 60% of the women it saw went on to get a job within a month of their visit.

 

And the winners are…

 

Rising Star

Winner

Amy Golding, Opus Talent Solutions

 

Highly commended:

Aduke Onafowokan, Thrive Consulting

 

Finalists:

Sarah Hitchcox, Anesco

Gemma Hood, Volume

Alexandra Rijnoveanu, Microsoft

Nina Smith, Shoosmiths

 


 

Enlightened Employer

Winner: Sky

 

Highly commended:

Get Ahead VA

 

Finalists:

KPMG

Moorcrofts

Shoosmiths

 


 

Champion of Change

 

Joint winners:

Sadie Groom, Bubble Agency

Emma Illingworth, SSE Retail

 

Finalists:

Nicki Aitken, HPE Pointnext

Kaz Mortimer, Shorfield Holidays

Kate Vandenberg, Sky

Paul Barry-Walsh, Fredericks Foundation

 


 

Woman Business Owners of the Year

 

Winner:

Lauren Atkins, The Malins Group

 

Finalists:

Stephanie Hall, Uptake Strategies

Rebecca Newenham, Get Ahead VA

Jo Randall, St Magnus Hospital

Leena Sankla, Solutions 4 Health

 


 

Board Level and Senior Executive of the Year

 

Winner:

Dr Sarah Cooper, CLEAN

 

Finalists:

Teri Hunter, Moorcrofts

Jaki Mitchell, Crowe

 


 

Start-up of the Year

 

Winner:

Joy Foster, TechPixies

 

Finalists:

Jane Arthern, FMCGenie

Sarah Jordan, Y.O.U underwear

Suzy Olivier, Mothers of Enterprise

 


 

Spotlight on Women in STEM

 

Winner:

Dr Claire Donoghue, 3M

 

Finalists:

Jackie Doherty, Monodraught

Emma Friendship-Kilburn, Emm-Power

Gemma Hood, Volume

Karin Meurk-Harvey, Vodafone Group Enterprise

Roni Savage, Jomas Associates

Katherine Spice, CV-Library

 


 

Role Model of the Year

 

Winner:

Pauline Murray, SSE Retail

 

Highly commended:

Rebecca McAllister, Savills

 

Finalists:

Luana Clapis, Mintec

Gemma Hood, Volume

Kate Lester, Diamond logistics

Michelle McLeish, SSE Retail

Laura-Jane (LJ) Turner, Centerprise International


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