2020/2021 Here Come the Girls Award Winner Detective Chief Inspector Allison Woods

2021-05-26T11:39:10+01:00May 26th, 2021|Inspiring Award Winner 2020 / 2021|

Allison has been breaking down barriers and smashing glass ceilings since she first joined Merseyside Police in 1997. 

Within a few years, she joined the Operational Support Division (OSD). The OSD were responsible for planning and responding to disorder, reducing priority crime and providing specialist method of entry and search tactics. Traditionally a male bastion.

In 2005, […]

2020/2021 Here Come the Girls Award Winner Maggie Oliver

2021-05-26T11:39:24+01:00May 26th, 2021|Inspiring Award Winner 2020 / 2021|

Maggie Oliver is perhaps best known as the “Detective turned Whistleblower” who resigned from Greater Manchester Police in late 2012 in order to expose the now infamous Rochdale Grooming Scandal.  

Earlier that year nine members of a paedophile ring had been sentenced for grooming and sexually abusing young girls in Rochdale.  However, she was continually shocked […]

2020/2021 Community Award Winner Marie McCourt

2021-05-26T11:39:30+01:00May 26th, 2021|Inspiring Award Winner 2020 / 2021|

It’s been 33 years since Marie McCourt’s life was changed forever. 

In February 1988 her 22-year-old daughter, Helen, disappeared on her way home from work.   Her killer was convicted by a jury on overwhelming DNA evidence but never admitted his guilt or revealed the location Helen’s remains.   He was released from prison last year.

Marie has searched, […]

2020/2021 Entrepreneur Award Winner Sarwat Jaleel

2021-05-26T11:39:41+01:00May 26th, 2021|Inspiring Award Winner 2020 / 2021|

It was an extended hospital stay and a small bar of soap that was the catalyst for Sarwat Jaleel to set up her business: Kushboo

Fed up of being away from the family the soap, brought in by her husband, Richard, gave her an instant boost.  The little gift from home helped Sarwat to […]

2020/2021 Extraordinary People in Extraordinary Times Winner Lucy Danger

2021-05-26T11:39:46+01:00May 26th, 2021|Inspiring Award Winner 2020 / 2021|

Lucy Danger has skilfully driven the EMERGE Group from its inception in 1996, as a voluntary pressure group, to its unique position as a leading Social Enterprise.

EMERGE’s core objectives are to provide services which help to improve the environment and the relief of poverty through food, work and recycling activities.

One of the responsibilities of […]

2020/2021 Business Award Winner Karen Campbell-Williams

2021-05-26T11:39:53+01:00May 26th, 2021|Inspiring Award Winner 2020 / 2021|

The art of balancing is the secret of Karen’s success

Karen was born and brought up in Glasgow and moved to the North West in 1989.  She joined Grant Thornton in 1994, becoming a partner in 1997 when her daughters were aged 5 and 8.  She later went on to have become Head of Tax for […]

2020/2021 Entrepreneur Award Winner Emma Buckley

2021-05-26T11:39:57+01:00May 26th, 2021|Inspiring Award Winner 2020 / 2021|

Albert Einstein once said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” 

It’s a warning which resonates with Emma Buckley.

Emma spent her formative years watching her Dad carefully look after his beehives.  He’d been doing it for more than 50 years but as a […]

2020/2021 Manchester Bee Award Winner Claire-Marie Boggiano

2021-05-26T11:40:02+01:00May 26th, 2021|Inspiring Award Winner 2020 / 2021|

One of Claire-Marie’s many mantras is ‘there’s more than one way to skin a cat!’ which gives you a bit of an insight into how she works – problem solving; getting you to look at challenges in a pragmatic way; out of the box thinking; and through a different lens.

Claire-Marie Boggiano was born in Belfast […]

2020/2021 Business Award Winner Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale

2021-05-26T11:40:06+01:00May 26th, 2021|Inspiring Award Winner 2020 / 2021|

MBE DL, EdD, MBA, BA (Hons), FRSA.

Denise is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Everton Football Club

In 2010, after 16 years in the education and third sector, Denise was appointed CEO of Everton in the Community and spearheaded the transformation of the Club’s official charity into an […]

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