WINNER of the East Midlands Inspirational Female Leader of the Year 2018 is Professor Rachel Thomson
Professor Thomson is an international researcher and Professor of Materials Engineering at Loughborough University. Professor Thomson has recently become the first female Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. http://www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2018/september/rachel-thomson-elected-fellow-of-raeng/https://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2018/september/50-engineering-leaders-become-fellows-of-the-royal
Professor Thomson also won the Outstanding Women in STEM Award 2018.
Other Award Winners and Finalist
Outstanding Woman of Community Impact – Charity & Voluntary Award 2018 - WINNER: Karen Williams, Founder of The Buddy Bag Foundation a charity based in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.
Finalist: Jenny Hand, CEO, Reaching People (the trading name of Leicestershire Voluntary Sector Resource Agency) based in Leicester.
Outstanding Woman in Arts, Media & Music Award 2018 WINNER: Dr. Emma Parker, Associate Professor in English Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Leicester.
Finalist: Amanda Leandro, Owner/Director Cosmopolitan Arts
Outstanding BME Female Leader of the Year Award 2018 - WINNER: Pawlet Brookes, CEO & Director, Serendipity UK, based in Leicester.
Finalist: Iris Lightfoote, CEO, Race Equality Centre based in Leicester.
Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018 - WINNER: Farhana Sheikh, National Account Manager, Clifton Packaging, based in Leicester.
Finalist: Carla Garey, Managing Director, Saffron Catering based in Derbyshire.
Outstanding Woman in Public Services Award 2018 - WINNER: Jennifer Fenelon, Retired Chair, Healthwatch Rutland, Uppingham, Rutland.
Finalist: Claire-Marie Cuthbert, CEO, The Evolve Trust, based in Mansfield, Nottingham.
Outstanding Woman in Professional Services Award 2018 - WINNERS: Karen Cureton & Helen Stewart
Karen is Managing Director of Cureton Consulting based in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire. (Left in photo).
Helen is Director of Whats the Message? Ltd based in Leicester. (Centre in photo).
Outstanding Female Leader in a Market Town Award 2018 - Winner: Claire-Marie Cuthbert, CEO, The Evolve Trust, based in Mansfield, Nottingham.
Finalist: Natasha Mina, Kickboxing Coach, based in Leicester.
Inspirational Male Supporting Women Leaders Award 2018 - Winner: Vijay Mistry, Founder, 2Funky Empire, based in Leicester.
Yvette Price-Mear – Life Time Achievement Award in Voluntary Services 2018
Charity Founder, Yvette has been very active in doing voluntary work and fundraising in our community for the past 45 years - since she was a teenager! She has raised well over £500,000 for various Charities over the years.
Yvette lives in Nottingham.
Professor Emma Bunce - Special Recognition Award - Outstanding Achievements in Science, Space & Astrophysics 2018
Emma Bunce is Professor of Planetary Plasma Physics Emma is a Professor of Planetary Plasma Physics at the University of Leicester.
She is the lead Principle Investigator on the European Space Agency BepiColumbo MIXS instrument and its sister SIZS instrument on the same space mission. The Bepi Columbo Mission to Mercury launches this October http://sci.esa.int/bepicolombo/.
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Huge congratulations to all the Winners and Finalists.
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