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About The Women Leaders Awards?

There will be no gala dinner in 2020 but celebrating the success of the Milton Keynes’ remarkable women leaders will still happen.  Our plans for the awards ceremony will change in response to government guidelines – we look forward to sharing the plans as they develop.

Your support continues to be vital and there will be opportunities to sponsor the category that means most to you and your business.  You can get involved with the judging and presentation of an award and, new for 2020, offer your expertise and funding to bring nominees through our mentorship and CPD programme.

You may wish to sponsor this year’s STEM offering, contributions from science, technology, engineering and maths have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID19 and the charity’s intention is offer even wider access to our city’s young people as they consider their future careers.

Sponsors from previous years have been delighted with the enhancement of their public profiles through their association with the charity and this 2020’s social media campaign will include a fanfare for our supporters throughout the year.

Key Dates For
Women Leaders Awards 2020


8th – 13th March International Women’s Day. Nominations Open.


Friday 14th August, nominations for Women Leaders 2020 close


Thursday 27th August, nominees narrowed down to finalists


Friday 2nd October, deliberations on finalists takes place


Thursday 19th November, Women Leaders 2020 Awards

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Women Leaders Awards 2020 Finalists


Fola Komolafe MBE DL 

Rev Gill Barow-Jones 

Hannah Ingram Moore 

Kathy Howard 

Art Culture & Creative Industries

Kate Chadwick 

Megan Jones

Dr Noël James  

Community Impact (Employed)

Kathy Howard 

Nicola Bell  

Odette Mould 

Community Impact (Volunteer)

Lorraine Lewis 

Rebecca Benzie

Sue Malleson 

Victoria McLean  

Digital & Technology

Amanda Cooper OBE 

Ashanti Akabusi 

Lucy Gallois

Emerging Leader

Hanayyah Sutton 

Hannah White  

Natalie Drought 

Engineering, Science, Maths

Clare Butler Ellis 

Hannah Sargeant 

Dr Iva Chianella 



Ashanti Akabusi

Ros McFadden 

Sarah Thorne 


Dr Claire Feeley 

Sally Burnie

Dr Tina Barton  


Leisure and Retail

Jenni Trigwell  

Kate Broadhurst

Nikki Findlay 

Manufacturing and Construction

Melanie Owen

Pam Parker  

Susan Waters 

Music and Entertainment

Carly Wilford

Liberty Spinks

Vicki McCarthy

Professional Services

Claire Chan

Hanayyah Sutton

Sarah Thorne

Public Services

Jane Thorpe

Kelly Gardner  

Lindsey Styles

Nicola Marfleet 



Julie Tucker 

Kate Davidson 

Kelly Day 

Support the Awards

Get involved by championing the women leaders you know and help contribute to Milton Keynes’ growth and recognition.


Why is Milton Keynes the best place in the UK for women in enterprise?  2020’s Women Leaders will be part of the conversation. Be a sponsor, join us as a guest or nominate noteworthy women from your organisation, community or field of expertise. 

The high proportion of female business owners is a key factor driving the city’s economic success.  The evidence comes from two influential research papers.  The Centre for Cities report lists Milton Keynes as the location with the “most dynamic business environment” in the UK outside London while the work from Paymentsense shows it is the best place in the country to start a business.  Business start-ups have a greater chance of thriving here than anywhere else and the latter report also points out that almost a third of companies are owned by women.

Dr Julie Mills OBE chairs Women Leaders UK, says: 

“This is why organisations like Women Leaders are so important in continuing our city’s economic development.  All the evidence shows that creating an environment where women can be entrepreneurial adds a whole new dimension to productivity.  It’s also no coincidence that the gender pay gap is narrowing more quickly here than in many other places – another strong indicator of an economy with better balance to be successful.”

Celebrate with us

The Women Leaders 2020 Awards will be taking place online this year

 More details to follow soon