Caroline Shaw
2007 Public Sector Award Winner

Through strong and enterprising leadership, Caroline Shaw has implemented ambitious plans in her 20 months as chief executive of Christie cancer hospital, responsible for a £130m budget, 2000 staff and around 40,000 patients a year from around the North West. She has overseen a successful application to become a Trust, is the brainchild behind ‘Manchester versus cancer’ (a nationally acclaimed innovative awareness campaign), dramatically reduced patient waiting times, and developed a Christie outreach programme at regional hospitals. She has made a real difference to patients through her passion and compassion, drive, boundless energy and commitment. Under her guidance, Christie had the largest surplus of any NHS hospital in Greater Manchester and is in the top five in country.

Joy Kinglsey
2007 Business Award Winner

With great vision and strong leadership during 12 years as managing partner at Pannone, Joy Kingsley has driven the Manchester law firm as a business whilst recognizing the needs and input of individuals. She has overseen the growth from 200 to 700 people and from billings of £6m to budgeted £44m for 2007. She is the motivating force for many national awards: 3rd in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies 2007, winning FT Entrepreneurial Law Firm 2006 and Managing Partners Award for Best Corporate Brand 2006. In a male dominated profession, Joy has consistently outperformed her peers, achieving a reputation for great business acumen and financial management skills, and an open and honest management style, actively encouraging staff of all levels to develop skills.

Cilla Baynes
2007 Arts Award Winner

With great vision, Cilla Baynes has been running Community Arts North West for 30 years, the last six as director, and is a pioneer of developing participatory arts work within cultural communities in Manchester. She has inspired a new generation of women in the arts whom have responded to her passion and flair. Her talent is to build the capacity and confidence of others so that they can blossom, artistically and professionally. She works across all art forms and enthuses artists and empowers disadvantaged communities through art. She is an amazing role model and does not tire of passing on her experience, with love and compassion.

Joanne Mawdsley
2007 Community Award Winner

The trauma of the rare genetic disorder of two of her three children galvanized Joanne Mawdsley to fight for a diagnosis for their illness and for specialist treatment. With unselfish vision, compassion and a desire for other parents not to have the same struggle, she set up Rainbow House in 2001, becoming a charity in 2003. The centre provides much needed conductive education to aid rehabilitation for neurological and genetic disorders. Under her inspired leadership, Joanne has set up three more centres in the North West, for children’s shortened lives to be spent where they live and with those they love. Through commitment, empathy and hard work, Joanne has raised over £1m and helped more than 2,000 people.