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The nominees for the 2020 Women in Business awards gala luncheon hosted by Downtown in Business is unveiled today.

The eighth annual ‘WIBAs’ will take place on the afternoon of Friday 6th March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Tickets for the event will go on sale next week and the judging panel for the awards will be confirmed in December. There will be no online voting for this awards event.

Downtown in business CEO Frank McKenna commented:

“We are delighted to have received such a range of nominations for next years Women in Business awards, many of the names new to Downtown.

“In the past we have used an online poll to decide the winners. However, as with all our awards in 2020, this years Woman in Business gongs will be decided by a panel of judges from the Liverpool business community.

“WIBA is always a great day of celebration and gives the city an opportunity to acknowledge the brilliant female talent we have across the city region. Congratulations and good luck to all of the shortlisted companies and individuals.”

The nominees are listed below


Change Champion

Who has demonstrated an ability to raise the value of diversity and inclusion within their business and the wider business community? (open to women and men)

Paul Corcoran – Agent Marketing
Garth Dallas – The Liverpool Commonwealth Association
Richard Kenyon – Everton Football Club
Erika Rushton – Baltic Creative

Outstanding Employer 
Which business goes that extra mile to support diversity and inclusion for their team?

John West Foods
Morecrofts Solicitors
B&M Waste Services
Agent Marketing

Outstanding Employee
Who gives more than most for their company?

Julie Hackett – Rutherford Diagnostics
Karen Benson – Project Four Safety Solutions
Jo Holmes – Boodles
Jacqui Hughes – Sutcliffe
Lauren English – Hilton Liverpool City Centre

Outstanding Newcomer
Which is the best new female-led business on the block? (Business must be 3 years old or under)

Harriet McGuffie – Harriet McGuffie Fitness
Helen Barker – Helen Barker Recruitment Consultant
Karen Deas – The Change Agent
Louise Kemp – Nineteen Agency

Outstanding PR & Marketing Agency
Which female- led or owned agency has provided outstanding results for their clients?

Lindsey Moore – Agnes Marketing
Jennie Lewis – Liverpool Business News
Nicola Pink – Pink Media

Outstanding Marketer

An individual who works as a marketer and provides great PR, profile and marketing opportunities for her company or organisation.

Lauren Harmes – Merseyrail
Sally Bloor – Knowledge Quarter Liverpool
Lisa Pearson – Arriva Group
Lisa Gale – Stagecoach Bus
Nicky Hunter – ACC Liverpool
Lucy Hodson – National Museums Liverpool

Outstanding Director of the Year

The female director who has demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities over the past twelve months

Adele Gregson – The Christmas Decorators
Debbie Williams – Tender Management Consultancy
Rosie Kenyon – Kenyons
Lesley Dixon – PSS UK
Claire Welch – Dobson Welch Recruitment
Leesa Robinson – All Woman Beauty & Permanent Make Up

Outstanding Digital & Tech Female personality
Which female techie is ahead of the game in this growing sector?

Robyn van Jaarsveldt – Profici
Alexandra Duffy – Ruler Analytics
Rebecca Jones & Chelsea Slater – Liverpool Girl Geeks

Outstanding BDM of the Year

Who represents their company and brand best as a BDM in the Liverpool City Region?

Danielle Bowers – Neighbourhood
Laura Doyle – Everton Football Club
Sarah Kelly – Savvy Hotels
Anne King – Steven A Hunt & Associates
Júlia Coutinho Huf – Fazenda

Outstanding Legal Services Personality
Who is the Liverpool City Regions best female solicitor?

Alison Lobb – Morecrofts LLP
Denise Walker – Glenville Walker & Partners
Samantha Bushell – Brown Turner Ross
Lesley Sullivan – Excello Law
Sian Evans – Weightmans

Outstanding Financial Services Personality
Which female who deals with personal or commercial financial services offers an exceptional service?

Tricia Campbell – Elliot Fletcher
Hilene Henry – Wilson Henry
Jane Jackson – Jackson Associates
Jean Ellis – DSG Chartered Accountants
Sue Chambers – MSIF
Julie Calvert – Pavis Financial Management Ltd
Alison Lavelle – Mitchell Charlsworth
Julie Roche – Hanover Wealth Management

Outstanding Property Personality
Which woman has made the biggest impact in the region’s construction & regeneration sector?

Lisa Greig – Shape Consulting Engineers
Beth Santangeli – Robertson
Sue Patterson – Morgan Sindall
Sheryl Moore – Kier

Outstanding Recruitment Personality

Which female recruiter do you trust to get your company the right staff?

Julie O‘Leary – Purchasing Professionals Associates
Angela White – Dobson Welch Recruitment
Kerry Swift – Beam Recruitment

Role Model
Someone who has inspired, enabled or supported women in business in a significant way

Simone Roache – Northern Powerwomen
Erika Rushton – Baltic Creative
Zoe Wallace – Agent Academy CIC
Paula Stock – ADHD Foundation

Outstanding Business Owner of the Year

Helen Lawless – Lawless Communications
Helen Wynn – Carringtons Catering
Kate Stewart – Vitality Homes

Social Impact Personality of the Year

Who has contributed most to social engagement and community work through their business and charitable work?

Carol Kirkham – Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice
Aimee Clare – R Charity
Mandy Molby & Claire Gallagher – Ambassadors Ball
Collette Taylor – Merseyside Youth Association

TO BE ANNOUNCED ON THE DAY

Business of the Year 2020
CEO Award 2020
Woman of the Year 2020
Contribution to Liverpool 2020