North West, Wales & Ireland Regional Final

13th September


Yorkshire & North East Regional Final

20th September


London & the South Regional Final

27th September


The Midlands Regional Final

4th October


The Judging Day - Sheffield

1st November

The National Grand Final

29th November


Join the country’s biggest ever search for successful women in business

The FL National Awards & Summit recognise the achievements of business women in the UK. We are dedicated to encouraging the growth of women with the National Awards & Summit being a national showcase and celebration of the achievements of successful women across the UK.

Join us at The Grand Final of the FL National Awards & Summit 2019 on 29th November in Leeds (Royal Armouries Museum).

This event provides a fantastic opportunity to be inspired through engaging conversation and networking with a diverse and dynamic group of finalists; whilst celebrating the wider contribution and impact women make to communities and the UK economy.

Our influential speakers are renowned for their calibre and contribution, and this year promises to be no exception with an insightful guest speech.

Ticket prices include:

Drinks reception | Networking | Inspirational speakers | Awards Ceremony | Three course meal | Glass of wine | Gift bag
A complimentary 12 months tastecard membership




Arti Halai is a broadcaster, entrepreneur, public speaker, and author. She has more than fifteen years experience working in the media industry as a Television presenter, producer and reporter. She is Co-founder of the Fleet Street Group.
As a consultant she specialises in media training and presentation skills working with clients both in the UK and abroad. A public speaker, Arti's first book 'Positivity' was published by the HotHive in 2009.



Lara is the 2018 Overall Winner of the FL National Awards. Law graduate (LL.B Hons) with an LL.M, Comparative Company Law. Senior legal counsel at Barclays, BAE Systems, divisional counsel at RAC plc, legal director at HBOS and Group Head of Legal at LexAutolease. LexisNexis contributing and consulting editorial board member. Non-executive director of Plan International UK and Aspiring Solicitors ambassador.


Anna joined Boeing as Managing Director of Boeing Defence UK in 2019 from GKN Aerospace. She is responsible for Boeing UK’s significant defence programmes, people and sites and the organisation’s growth, alignment and business development. Boeing, across all businesses, operates at 65 sites and employs 2,500 people directly and many more through a significant domestic supply chain.

Anna has two decades of global leadership experience in the aerospace and automotive sectors. Before joining Boeing, she was Senior Vice President Business Transformation, leading GKN’s business improvement plan to drive profit, margin and cash and Senior Vice President Commercial, where she assumed responsibility for all GKN Aerospace’s global commercial governance and ensured an aligned customer strategy across the business.


Griselda began her career as an electrical engineer, she then veered into business having been influenced by the challenges and successes that her parents experienced as entrepreneurs. She trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with one of the BIG 4 professional services firms but now runs her own businesses, Forward Ladies included. Griselda is a mother of two beautiful children. She is extremely passionate about positively impacting the future of women and girls in the workforce. Griselda joined Forward Ladies as a member and was hooked.


Richard John Carter was born in Wakefield, United Kingdom, in 1962. He studied Economics and Business Administration at the Manchester Business School, United Kingdom, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, Fachhochschule Reutlingen, Germany and Middlesex University, United Kingdom.

Next Generation Panellists 


Jessica Okoro is an award-winning business consultant. She previously studied Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science at University, where she overcame struggles of learning using traditional teaching methods in class, to developing her own learning resources and using informal methods at home to achieving higher than what was expected of her in the final Science and Mathematics exams. Once she managed to get into university to study her degree, she then became very interested in the way STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) was introduced and taught in schools this was her motivation in starting BeScience STEM-an a multi-award winning organisation which gets the whole community engaged in STEM using innovative and creative techniques. Her charity has had over 1000 volunteers and engaged with 10,000+ people in the community. Her work has been endorsed by the likes of the Prime Minister and enabled her to guest talk and share her ideas world-wide. Her most recent project, STEM Social, was held in Sierra Leone, where she had over 3000 young people in a stadium for an educational conference, with the Vice President as the Keynote Speaker.
As well as managing the charity, she consultants for other organisations shares her stories of #DyslexicApologies and encourages young people to be more bold and courageous in their daily doings.


Emma-Jane Tarabay is a 22-year-old freelance lifestyle blogger and Social, PR and Marketing Executive at Cohorted Communications, based in Leeds. As a freelance writer, she blogs on topics surrounding lifestyle, beauty and travel, whilst being able to collaborate with brands to work on creating content. Emma-Jane considers herself as a mental health advocate, being completely transparent about her journey with depression and anxiety alongside her studies and the influence this may have on her post-graduation journey. Emma-Jane would love to see herself as a brand ambassador, representing and highlighting the work and aims of Forward Ladies as an organisation and building brand awareness to the younger generation of women.

Emma-Jane is also a First Class Honours PR and Journalism student and winner of Forward Ladies 'Most Aspirational Student' award.


Companies involved this year:

LNER, tastecard, LCF Law, IoD, Envirovent, Grant Thornton, Rolls-Royce, Deloitte, Co-Op, KPMG, Dell, SKY, EY, NatWest, Hitachi Rail and many more.

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