Shortlist announced – Notts Inspirational Women Awards

Available for immediate release on Thu the 7th February 2019

Shortlist announced – Notts Inspirational Women Awards

Following a great response to the launch of the Notts Inspirational Awards, Nottingham Women’s Centre received 125 valid nominations for 74 amazing women. Now 23 amazing women have been shortlisted to the final stage of the awards.  Representing different local communities, each of the shortlisted women has, through her actions, inspired others.  The shortlist is as follows:

  • Angela Kandola, CEO, Awaz
  • Beth Rowland, Let’s Talk About Loss
  • Cath Wakeman, CEO, Imara
  • Charlotte Throssel, CEO, Disability Direct Nottingham
  • Emteaz Hussain, Playwright & Performance Poet
  • Esther Akpovi, Founder, the ShEO Alliance
  • Eugenie Tucker, Fostering over 400 children over 40 years
  • Heather Peacock, campaigned successfully to stop the closure of the specialist service at Linden Lodge at Nottingham City Hospital
  • Heather Frances Pyne, Director, Pawsitive Squad
  • Helen Azar, Managing Director, Centre Place/ LGBT+ Service Nottinghamshire
  • Hilary Brown, CEO, We R Here
  • Jill Carter, Project Director, Pulp Friction CIC
  • Maxine Cockett, Volunteer mentor and community worker, Breaking barriers, building bridges
  • Micha Skye, Lung cancer support radiographer and community workshop facilitator for mental health and empowerment
  • Panya Banjoko, Poet and promoter, Black Writers’ Network
  • Roxanne Ellis, Councillor, Gedling Borough Coucil; Founder of the Women’s Quilt
  • Rukhsana Aziz, Community Family learning advisor, Futures, advice skills and employment
  • Sam – Children’s Support Worker, Nottingham Central Women’s Aid
  • Sarah Camplin, Founder, Women Got Talent
  • Sarah Griffin, Volunteer, Broxtowe Womens Project
  • Sue Rutter, PCSO, Nottinghamshire Police
  • Wendy Duro, Group Leader, SAFE
  • Zoe Trodd, Director of Rights Lab, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham


All shortlisted women have been invited to the awards ceremony on the 7th March, 6-9pm at the Grand Ballroom, Council House where the overall winners of the Awards will be announced. Starting with a drinks reception meet & greet, the event will include a 3 course meal, entertainment with performances from Georgina Wilding, Nottingham’s first Young Poet Laureate, special empowerment message from AGirlCalledShe as well as SOETRY – Panya and Abii lace poignant poetry with stirring song to explore a myriad of intricate relationships, from chance meetings to family ties. Rev Kate Bottley is confirmed to present the Awards.

We’re grateful for the support of our sponsors: University of Nottingham, Shoosmiths and Nottingham City Council.


Notes for editors

  1. Nottingham Women’s Centre was established in 1971 and is run by women, for women. We exist to help women achieve their aims, become stronger and more independent, and we provide a safe and supportive environment in which women can do this.
  2. Our Full contact details are Nottingham Women’s Centre, 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP. Twitter: @nottswcentre.  Chief Executive Officer: Helen Voce. Tel 0115 941 1475.
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