Welcome to the 28th annual Inspiring Women Awards.

We are delighted to announce our Awards Lunch Guest Speaker: Mary Turner-Thomson, author of The Bigamist and The Psychopath. Her own story of surviving the ultimate betrayal.

“When Mary met Will Jordan online, she was a single mother who’d given up trying to find Mr Right. And yet here he suddenly was: articulate and attractive, with a fascinating background. Soon they were in love, and when he proposed after a month it seemed recklessly romantic.
Caught up in a whirlwind, Mary accepted that Will’s work often took him away from home, out of contact. She was his rock, supporting him emotionally when a misunderstanding led to criminal charges, and even selling everything when blackmailers threatened to kidnap their children. Together, they took on the world.
And then one day the phone rang, and a woman introduced herself as ‘the other Mrs Jordan”

The Awards will take place online on 14th May 2021 from 12.30 (GMT). We are planning a celebratory event that will make the best use of technology, whilst keeping those heartwarming and entertaining elements in tact.

A luxury Afternoon Tea, supplied by our 2014 Entrepreneur Award winner, Sarah Gallacher (Coco Cabana), will be delivered to your door to add that touch of indulgence, whilst you listen to the shortlisted interviews and applaud the winners.

The 2020/2021 Shortlist 

Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale

Claire-Marie Boggiano

Emma Buckley

Karen Campbell-Williams

Lucy Danger

Sarwat Jaleel

Jade Kilduff

Marie McCourt

Maggie Oliver

Grace Vella

Allison Woods

In the weeks leading up to the Awards we will be featuring pen portraits of the shortlist which can be found under NEWS.  The exclusive interviews between BBC presenter Michelle Daniel and these remarkable finalists will be the highlight of the Inspiring Women Awards Lunch on 14th May 2021. Join the celebrations by booking your place and lets make the 14th May the start of being able to to really celebrate life again.


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Nominations for the 29th annual Inspiring Women Awards (2022) open on 22/02/2021 and close on 31/12/2021. The shortlist will be published in February 2022 and the winners announced at the Awards lunch on 13th 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 2019 winners

We are delighted to announce the 2019 winners across 6 categories:
Business, Community, Entrepreneur, Inspiring Young Woman, Manchester Bee and Here Come the Girls.

The winners of the 27th annual Inspiring Women Awards were announced at The Lowry Hotel on 10th May 2019. These were:

Dr Shikha Pitalia
Business Award

Anita Birchall
Here come the Girls Award

Sally-Ann Wilkinson
Manchester BEE Award

Kat Demarchelier Du Bois
Inspiring Young Woman Award

Sharon Thorne
Constance Award

Christine Ditchfield

Sinead Collins
Community Award

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History of our winners
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Our awards videos

View the 2019 awards videos here.

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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Our recent tweets

@JadeKilduff @TheBestLifePro1 https://twitter.com/inspwomenawards/status/1382279691436965891

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2020/2021 Finalist Jade Kilduff - https://mailchi.mp/d6077640e683/nominations-remain-open-until-december-4812518

@LucyDanger @InspWomenAwards @Brigitegan @FareShareGtrM Fantastic news and much deserved Lucy 👏🏻

Our 2019 programme

View this year’s programme here for an overview of the day.

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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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