Judges East Midlands Women’s Awards 2017


Katy Green

Katy Green is the CEO of the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, which sets up and manages cost effective personally-named giving funds and foundations for local companies, families, and individuals.

Katy joined the Community Foundation eight years ago from EM Media and a career as a producer working for clients including the NHS, social and education services,  the Film Council and various production companies.

Before that, she worked in play and youth work, including the Leicester Street Play project and Safe Routes to School projects, redesigning urban areas through community consultation.

The Foundation enables support of any cause, especially the local charitable groups that quietly help to keep our city and counties healthy, safe and thriving, and initiates projects which strengthen connections between private, public and voluntary spheres to improve the local area for all of us.

Kevin Urquhart 

Kevin Urquhart is Managing Director and Founder of Fraser Urquhart Media – a unique hybrid of Publicity and Publishing Consultancy.

Since 1999, they are proud publishers of the iconic SIXTY9 DEGREES, dluxe LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND and dluxe BIRMINGHAM & SOLIHULL magazines.

Kevin is one of the most experienced and respected Publishers in the Midlands with an 18-year track record and the hottest Black Book of Contacts in the industry.  He is particularly proud to work with brands such as Bentley, Rolls Royce, Malmaison, Rolex, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Tommy Hilfiger, Hyatt Regency and Paul Smith, as well as many of the region’s most interesting independents across the food, drink and hospitality sectors.

Commenting; “The East Midlands Women’s Awards is, quite unbelievably, the first awards of its kind to celebrate, support and acknowledge the Women of the East Midlands.  What we love about this event is that it celebrates all Women across all sectors – professional, charity and those simply making a real difference.  We couldn’t be prouder to support Sandra Pollock and The East Midlands Women’s Awards”.

Beverley Sankey

Entrepreneur /Lifestyle Mentor specialising in Health and Wellness Industry with Pure Safe and Beneficial products for ordinary people at affordable cost.  Teaching people how to redirect their existing spend on everyday consumable personal care products and nutritional supplements and by doing so create a residual income.
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Sonia Thompson

Sonia Thompson is an international Organisational Development Consultant. She began her company after a successful career in higher education. Sonia sits on the Board of several organisations and has been active in the community helping to establish a number of charities, social enterprises, and two women’s refuges. She is the current Chair of WIMUK the organisers of this year’s East Midlands Women’s Awards.

Sonia is passionate about women and their personal and professional development. She believes woman power if only allowed to reach its potential could change the world.






Rachel Hargrave

Entrepreneur and multiple business owner

Rachel Hargrave has over 24 years of communications expertise across a wide variety of clients including;

Corporate (BP, Castrol, Honda Motor Europe, Canon UK and Canon Europe, BT, O2, Vodafone, GSK, Allergan, Linklaters, Mercedes-Benz, Daimler Chrysler, Bentley, BUPA, Mars Group, Lloyds TSB)

SME (Oxford PharmaScience, ellactiva, Clifton Packaging, Carter Design Group, JC Metalworks, Ellipse Energy, The Miller Partnership, SHB Solicitors and many others)

Public Sector (UK Trade & Investment, East Midlands Development Agency, Arts Council England – East Midlands and the NHS).  Third sector organisations (emita, Arts & Business, Creative Leicestershire, Alex’s Wish, Charity Link, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People).

Prior to forming The Awards People, Rachel Hargrave Consulting and RDZ PR Rachel originally worked in film and video, moved into creating and producing live events (conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners and award ceremonies) before settling in corporate communications.

This varied background has given Rachel key skills in strategy, implementation, content design and delivery, as well as project management. Rachel founded her first agency 16 years ago.

Rachel is also a Director of The Director-e an online job board specialising in senior and executive recruitment for those aged over 45.

Awards Won

CorpComms Award – Best Corporate Publication – Private Sector

Corporate Engagement Awards – Best Relationship-building sponsorship programme for Canon Europe Tuxedo programme