Totem Learning Celebrate the Success of Business Women in the Midlands with Forward Ladies
Forward Ladies has announced the winners of the National Awards and Summit for 2018, sponsored by HSBC UK. The Awards took place on Friday 26th October at a celebration lunch at The Hyatt Regency, Birmingham before an inspirational audience of senior and influential business leaders. One of the audience members was Totem Learning Ltd CEO, Helen Routledge, who managed to win International Entrepreneur for 2018! We were beyond pleased at the company and continue to support Helen’s endeavours, women in tech and women in business.
The esteemed National Awards were introduced nine years ago to acknowledge and promote the fact that women are an integral and invaluable part of every business. This year, Forward Ladies continues to recognise and honour the most respected businesswomen, across a wide range of business categories. This is right up Totem Learning’s street and we plan to host an event in the future bringing women in tech together to encourage collaboration and let people know what kind of journeys they all took to get where they are.
Forward Ladies Managing Director Griselda Togobo said: “It is 100 years since women first got the right to vote in the UK, but gender equality remains elusive. Whilst we have clearly made progress over the years, our mission to achieve equality and bring diversity to leadership roles is not yet complete.
“That said, this has been another fantastic year for women and that should be celebrated, and through our National Awards we are once again delighted to be working in partnership with HSBC UK to showcase the very best women in business here in the UK.
“The calibre of entries has been increasing year on year, and our regional shortlists are the everyday heroines, trailblazers and role models who have succeeded despite enormous challenges. They deserve recognition.”
Jennifer Crawley, Head of Performance for Small Business Banking at HSBC UK and chief judge for Forward Ladies, said: “We’re proud to be working with Forward Ladies as part of our ongoing commitment to support women in business across the UK.
“Each year we are inspired by the number of high-calibre entries, and this year has highlighted the exceptionally talented businesswomen we have in the UK. These entrants are the future entrepreneurs of our country and play a critical role in our economy.”
For the first time, Forward Ladies is recognising men who are championing and leading the drive for diversity and inclusivity in their businesses and the wider community, and this year the Male Agent of Change award was presented to Kamal Hanif OBE, Executive Principal of Waverley Education Foundation.
Kamal promotes diversity as an ASCL council member and by working with the DFE equalities group. As Executive Principal, his school achieved the Stonewall Gold Award. Working with the Chamber of Commerce and Institute of Asian Business, he encouraged school engagement to promote aspirations of the BAME community and to provide positive role models for female students.
The twelve category winners will now take part in a judging day in Manchester in November, before a distinguished panel of business leaders, where they will join finalists from regional events in the North West, Wales and Ireland, Yorkshire and the North East, and London and the South. The overall national winner will be announced at the Grand Final to be held in Leeds on the 7th December.
The keynote speaker was Kavita Oberoi, OBE; one of the UK’s most highly regarded and successful female entrepreneurs and social philanthropists.
In 2001 she established her first business, Oberoi Consulting, after spotting a gap in the market for clinical audit services. Clients include the NHS and Pharmaceutical Industry.
Some years later, Kavita went on to establish Oberoi Business Hub, based in Derby’s Pride Park. She has appeared on a variety of TV programmes, including The Secret Millionaire and The Apprentice: You’re Fired.
The Awards were delighted to welcome back HSBC UK as key sponsor, and are supported by many sector leading businesses including tastecard and London North Eastern Railway. It is all about exploring new ways of thinking when it comes to business and tech. Innovation is what keeps small and large businesses afloat and Helen’s book ‘Why Games Are Good For Business’ is a great insight into how this happens within the Serious Games industry for one.
Winners are listed as follows:
Emerging Leader Category
Winner: Charlotte Horobin
Joined EEF The Manufacturers’ Organisation five years ago, and is now Regional Director.
Corporate Leader Category
Winner: Rebecca Bryant
Chief Fire Officer with Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - the first woman CFO to have progressed through the UK ranks.
STEM Rising Star Category
Winner: Faye Pressly
Chief Operating Officer at Vanti, one of the UK’s most forward-thinking Master Systems Integrators.
STEM Leader Category
Winner: Suzanne Oliver
Senior Director of the Patents & Trademarks departments for Arm Ltd, a British technology company.
International Entrepreneur Category
Winner: Helen Routledge
Author, international speaker and CEO of Totem Learning.
Social Entrepreneur Category
Winner: Sarah Crawley
CEO of iSE, a social enterprise development organisation working in Birmingham and nationally.
Start Up Category
Winner: Fran Glover and Carrie Weekes
Founded their Funeral Directors, A Natural Undertaking, to help put the human touch back in to funeral ceremonies.
Young Entrepreneur Category
Winner: Jordana Chin
A nutritionist-chef, director and founder of health food company Nutri2Go.
Female Entrepreneur Category
Winner: Joanne Bass
Delivers exhibition and marketing solutions for the world’s biggest brands as Director of her business, XL Displays Ltd.
Public Sector / Academia / Not For Profit Category
Winner: Fiona Shelton
Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of Derby.
Diversity Champion Category
Winner: Isabella Moore
COMTEC Translations Director and Chair; servicing the manufacturing, engineering and computer software industries.
Male Agent of Change Recognition
Winner: Kamal Hanif OBE
Executive Principal of Waverley Education Foundation