Will you be joining us to celebrate the 30th annual Inspiring Women Awards on 20th May 2022 at The Lowry Hotel, Manchester?

An afternoon bursting at the seams with inspiring stories, laughter, tears and good old fashioned face to face networking accompanied by delicious food and drink.

Four inspiring award presenters, all with links to Manchester, will be joining guests and finalists at the 30th annual Inspiring Women Awards on 20/05/22.

BBC presenter, Michelle Daniel and IWA founder, Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy will be interviewing the finalists before our special guests announce the winners. Inspiring stories, shared by inspiring women.

We are delighted to welcome:

Baroness Williams of Trafford, Jane Luca, Rowetta and Sally Dynevor MBE

Baroness Williams’ political career began in Trafford, where she became leader of the council between 2004-2009. She was elected to the House of Lords in 2013 and appointed Minister of State at the Home Office on 17 July 2016. . Her responsibilities include: overall corporate lead including Spending Review and Budget; digital and technology; data and identity; countering extremism and hate crimes and forensic science and DNA. In March 2022 Baroness Williams was made a member of the Privy Council. She has held a number of board appointments including Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company and as a member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority.

Jane Luca is Director of Public Affairs for ITV, starting her career at Granada TV over 40 years ago. In her role at ITV she has overall responsibility for the broadcaster’s relationship with Parliamentarians, key stakeholders, and other organisations with a specific focus on public policy and regulatory issues.  She is a  former Chair and a current Board Member of Women of the Year, another great organisation that for over 60 years has been celebrating and advancing the achievements of women throughout the UK and around the world.

Sally Dynevor MBE is an award winning actress best known for her role in Coronations Street, where she has played the role of Sally Webster/Metcalf since 1986. In 2009, life imitated art and art imitated life when Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer whilst her character was undergoing the same diagnosis and treatment. She has since fully recovered and is a of the Patron of Prevent Breast cancer charity.

In 2022, Sally joined the Dancing on Ice show. Teamed up with professional skater, Matt Evers, Sally said of her elimination “I have had the time of my life. “I can’t tell you how much I’ve loved doing this show.”

Rowetta will be performing as well presenting an award, another inspiring woman down to her finger tips.

Rowetta is the power house singer that rose to fame during the Madchester years, singing with The Happy Mondays and she hasn’t stopped since, appearing at Glastonbury and continues to tour the world. She is the secret voice on the Black Eyed Peas worldwide hit. “Boom Boom Pow” and has been sampled by many leading names in the industry.

Rowetta is involved with and ambassador of many charities. Rowetta is passionate about Manchester.

Rowetta fronted the ‘End The Fear’ campaign with Greater Manchester Police and continues to work with domestic violence support groups.

Days after the Manchester bomb, Rowetta was asked to perform on The Andrew Marr Show with a string quartet, as a tribute to the victims.

Over the past few weeks we have been releasing profiles of our 2022 Finalists, All profiles are now available on our news page.

Our 2022 Finalists will be sharing their stories in their own words at the Inspiring Women Awards Lunch before winners announced.

Assura PLC

Sally Carr MBE
National Youth Agency Strategic Safeguarding Group

Lou Cordwell OBE
Magnetic North

Lance Corporal Natasha Day
Defence Breastfeeding Network

Jennifer Greenan
E-Verve Energy

Holly Holland

Dr Omon Imohi
Black Women in Health Group

Sahira Irshad
Mums United

Victoria Knight
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Valerie Naidoo
Wireless Female Network

Lucy Nicholson
Lucy Maggie Designs

Laura Pomfret

Sheona Southern
Marketing Manchester

Beckie Taylor
Tech Returners

Ema Wilkes
The Neo Community

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2021 Inspiring Women Awards: The Highlights

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Nominations for the 30th annual Inspiring Women Awards (2022) are now open and close on 31/12/2021. The shortlist will be published in February 2022 and the winners announced at the Awards lunch on 20th May 2022.

Be inspired

Founded in 1992, the Inspiring Women Awards have, over the past 28 years, publically recognised and promoted the achievements of 100’s women who live or work in the North West and North Wales. Many of the Award winners have gone on to receive further recognition through our Honours system and in 2018, 3 more were honoured: Diane Modahl MBE (Sports Award winner 2003); Marnie Millard OBE (Business Award winner 2016) and Britain’s most decorated Winter Paralympian Menna Fitzpatrick MBE (Inspiring Young Woman Award winner 2017).

These evolving Awards have stood the test of time because at their heart is the desire to continue finding and recognising those women who inspire us.

Our 2020/2021 winners

We are delighted to announce the 2021 winners across 7 categories:
Business, Community, Entrepreneur, Inspiring Young Woman, Manchester Bee, Here Come the Girls, and Extraordinary People in Extraordinary Times.

Professor Denise Barratt-Baxendale
Business Award

Claire-Marie Boggiano
Manchester Bee Award

Emma Buckley
Entrepreneur Award

Karen Campbell-Williams
Business Award

Professor Denise Barratt-Baxendale
Business Award

Claire-Marie Boggiano
Manchester Bee Award

Emma Buckley
Entrepreneur Award

Karen Campbell-Williams
Business Award

Lucy Danger
Extraordinary People in Extraordinary Times Award

Sarwat Jaleel
Entrepreneur Award

Jade Kilduff
Inspiring Young Woman Award

Marie McCourt
Community Award

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Our awards videos

You can view all of our previous event videos here, and see the winners for each year.

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The Inspiring Young Woman Foundation

The Foundation was established in 2010 to fund a bursary for the Inspiring Young Woman Award winners and fund local projects that concentrate on the wellbeing of our young women.

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💜 Inspiring Women Awards: Today we celebrate the 30th annual @InspWomenAwards at @thelowryhotel Manchester

💜 I’ll be presenting an award as well as performing

💜 In aid of the Inspiring Young Women Foundation https://www.inspiringawards.co.uk/inspiring-young-women-foundation/

Excited to be back @InspWomenAwards with @DeloitteUK presenting the Business Award and @Rowetta !!

Amazing winners and amazing table today at the @InspWomenAwards 2022.

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What a fabulous day out, #inspwomen22 @InspWomenAwards - feeling so motivated to go out and do good in the world.

Our 2021 programme

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“The Inspiring Women Awards shine a light on hundreds of inspirational women from all walks of life in the North West of England and North Wales. Publicly celebrating and promoting the achievements of women in business and the community is critical to ensuring the impact they are having is recognised, and it also provides a cadre of visible role models to inspire the next generation of leaders. I am honoured and humbled to have received the 2019 Constance Award, and am determined to continue quietly making a difference in all that I do.“

Sharon Thorne, Deloitte

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