The prestigious inaugural East Midlands Women’s Awards took place at a glamourous celebration on Friday 10th October 2017 at the Falcon Hotel in the Host Town of Uppingham in Rutland highlighting and rewarding some of the region’s most influential Women.

Presenters Rupal Rajani and Maurice Flynn

The Awards – the first of its kind in the region – invited nominations from the general public, peers and colleagues for women who inspire them most, be that personally or professionally and across ten categories.  Presenters were Rupal Rajani, herself a multi-award-winning presenter working for BBC Radio Leicester, and Maurice Flynn, senior journalist at BBC News and East Midlands Today.

Founder of the Award Sandra Pollock said, ‘The gala awards celebration brought together some of the highest achieving women from across the region to recognise and celebrate the diversity and excellence of their achievement and contribution to our economy, arts, innovation, community and many other areas.’

In addition, the awards pay tribute to men who have also made a difference to women’s development by creating opportunities, opening doors and ensuring that what women do is not forgotten or overlooked.

The list of Awards and Winners on the night were:

Categories Winners
Outstanding Female Entrepreneur   Glynis Wright
Outstanding Woman in Professional Services Diane Beresford
Outstanding Woman in Public Services   Emma Leech
Outstanding Female Leader in a Market Town   Pamela Dalby
Outstanding Woman with Community Impact Emma Hallam
Outstanding Woman in STEM  Professor Turi King
Outstanding BME Leader     Sujata Barot
Outstanding Woman in Art, Media & Music Carol Leeming
Outstanding Male Supporting Female Leaders  Adam Clarke

The winner of the overall East Midlands Inspirational Female Leader 2017 was Glynis Wright.

Three special awards presented on the night were:

  • The Outstanding Creative Entrepreneur awarded to Hannah Dale.

This nomination impressed the judges who felt that her achievement in creating and transforming a creative arts business from £1.00 per card to a £3 million a year business employing 20 staff in just 10 years.  Judges felt

This unusual achievement in the creative industry did not fit into any of the other categories and warranted special recognition.

  • Two other individuals received Lifetime Achievement Awards in Supporting Women, these were:
    • Ron Simpson BEM who over more than 40 years in public, community, enterprise and voluntary services has been the first create opportunities and open doors for women to advance, and
    • Nirmala Bhojani, journalist, author, community, and activists.

Congratulations to all the Winners, Runnerups and Nominees.

The 100-strong guestlist raised £370 for the charities Healing Little Hearts and Equations.   Fundraising for the charities will continue through a small donation of £5 per photograph of the evening.  All money raised will be shared between the two charities.  If you would like to obtain a high-resolution photograph from the awards evening and support charity please contact us using the contact details below.

Some comments from guests on the night were

 ‘EMWA 2017 was the place to be if you were somebody in your field.  You felt valued because women were being celebrated and their impact on the world.’

‘It was great to see, and experience women being valued at this level.’

‘The diversity of the nominees and the people in attendance was one of the things that stood out for me.’

‘This spectacular event made all the women there feel special.  Being in a room filled with such high achieving women was inspirational and motivating.’

Talks are already underway for the 2018 East Midlands’ Women’s Awards.

To find out more information about the Awards contact Sandra Pollock by mobile on 07977 227872 or email

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