Last night, Cosmo was delighted to attend the glamorous First Women Awards at the London Marriott. The event, hosted by Clare Balding, saw 11 of the UK’s most inspirational trailblazers were named First Women, at the event hosted by Clare Balding.
Clare Balding said: “It’s hugely important. I’m so impressed by the complete diversity in the room in terms of what women do, whether it’s engineering, business, finance, or the media. There are so many talented women. Just listen to the buzz in the room (the atmosphere was electric). Everyone is talking to each other. I love the fact they get the chance to share ideas, to share contacts and opportunities. All you need as a woman is to believe you can do something and to see lots of other women doing it. Seeing other women do it makes a massive difference.”
Dawn Elson, the Head of Engineering at Gatwick Airport was thrilled when she won the award for the First Woman in Tourism and Leisure. What’s her story? Dawn was the first female flight commander on the aero-engine repair and overhaul facility (8 Squadron, Royal Air Force) as well as the first female engineering officer on the 216 Squadron.
Morella Kayman, Vice President and co-founder of Alzheimer’s Society, was presented with the First Women Award’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement accolade, in recognition of her commitment to improving the lives of people affected by the disease over the past 34 years. The charity raises £70 million a year and provides 86,000 people with support across the United Kingdom. Now that’s what we call a well-deserved award.
Other awards went to:
• First Woman in Business Services: Jan Flawn, founding chair, PJ Care
• First Woman in Finance: Ellvena Graham, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Ulster Bank Northern Ireland
• First Woman of the Built Environment: Jane Wernick, Director, Jane Wernick Associates
• First Woman in Science and Technology: Lucy Dimes, CEO, UK & Ireland, Alcatel-Lucent
• First Woman in the Media: Nora Senior, Executive Chair of Weber Shandwick
• First Woman in Public Service: Sarah Weir OBE, CEO, The Legacy List
• First Woman in Manufacturing: Judith Hackitt, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive
• First Woman of Retail & Consumer: Heather Jenkins, Buying Director, Waitrose
• First Woman in Engineering: Joanna Kennedy, Director, Global Leader of Programme and Project Management