North West, Ireland & Wales Regional Winners
Susanna worked in the health and social care sector and witnessed huge inefficiencies in the training delivery models which drove her to develop OneFile. Now as director/Co-founder, OneFile has developed into the leading e-portfolio software in the education sector. In 5yrs it has grown from 19 to 75 staff and revenue increased 300%.
NFP & Social Enterprise
Cert UK Ltd.
Kerryanne Wilde is the CEO of CERT-UK; Community Emergency Response Team UK. She joined the Army in 1990 and left in 2002 and moved into the Licensed & Restaurant Trade. She now runs her own training & consulting business as well as a very successful charity.
STEM Rising Star
Manor Architects Ltd.
Johann is an Architect, specialist conservation architect, Director and shareholder of Manor Architects, mother to two babies and wife to a dairy farmer. The pinnacle of her career has been the receipt of an MBE and Best Women Architect in Europe, both received in 2017.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
Diane is Senior Engineering Manager at Johnson and Johnson Vision Care and is responsible for new manufacturing production lines and equipment; managing a $50m capital budget and responsible for teams of 30+ people. An honest leader focused on workplace inclusivity, Diane has three children and is studying for a Masters in Design Innovation.
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue
Carmel has broken the glass ceiling as the first female chair of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, leading an all-male board. A highly accomplished and resilient leader she's devoted to the promotion of women in a boardroom setting and within the organisation, which only has 12% females on its workforce.
Ernst & Young
Ruth is a Cambridge Chemical Engineering Graduate and Chartered Accountant, starting her career in Manchester before relocating to Belfast in 2014. Working for Ernst and Young as a partner, she serves some of the largest businesses in Northern Ireland and leads multi-national Audit teams as well as EY’s Delivery & Innovation Centre in Belfast.
Marie Katherine Mayers,
Marie Katherine Mayers began her career in computing and retrained in Occupational Health & Safety. Passionate about business and safety, Marie Katherine now works for the global IFM company Sodexo as Head of HSE Ireland and enjoys balancing a busy job with family life.
Sharon Stephens manages a successful international translation company, Lingua Translations, is a university lecturer and trains/motivates graduates with no reimbursement whatsoever. Her enthusiasm is infectious, which is topped off as Sharon is a mum to three young girls.
Tino at the age of 17, worked for an Engineering company and by the age of 19 she was managing commercial projects. She moved to Swansea in 2010 and graduated with an Aerospace Bachelor's Degree. She fell in love with South Wales and decided to stay and open a business, Tinos, a cafe, restaurant and bar.
Mello Drinks Ltd.
Rose is Co-Founder and Director of Mello Drinks which specialises in a range of healthy, innovative, Watermelon & Melon food and drink products. One of the fastest growing SME brands; producing a range of Cold Pressed Melon and Watermelon Seed Snacks, retailing nationally at Waitrose, Holland & Barrett, Ocado & more.
Heavenly Tasty Organics Ltd.
Shauna McCarney-Blair is founder and managing director of Heavenly Tasty Organics Ltd. Before she started the business she was a full-time mum to two and yet in the past 5 years she has developed an award winning business, created 4 new jobs, and gained a 1:1 BSc Food Management and Marketing.
Sally Fielding set up Sally’s Cottages, a holiday cottage agency, with only £1,000 to invest in it. The company now looks after 425 cottages and took £6.5million worth of bookings last year. Her role changes from year to year which keeps things fresh and she loves the Lake District where she is based.
North West, Ireland & Wales Highly Commended
NFP & Social Enterprise
Dreams & Wishes
Wendy Hobbs is a solicitor, author of the Claudia Quash series, teacher and a volunteer for Dreams & Wishes, charity. She wrote a magical adventure book for the charity and donated all of the funds to help grant wishes to seriously ill children and their families.
Lomas & Lomas Ltd.
Sharon Lomas spent 17 years working in advertising, but yearning for creative fulfillment and having an obsession with interior design she decided to explore designing and producing a range of interiors. After a year of testing designs/prices/products she opened her first gallery & interiors store, Lomas & Lomas with her photographer husband to combine their passions and talents.