Four pioneering Milton Keynes Business Women Leaders have been announced as finalists
for a national award that recognises outstanding women in their fields.
Hilary Chipping, Dr Claire Guest, Monica Ferguson and Dr Kerry Mashford have all been
shortlisted for a 2016 ‘First Women’ award.
They were entered for the First Women awards after winning a Women Leaders Milton Keynes Award at the end of 2015.
Monica Ferguson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of The Stables is a finalist in the First Women of Tourism & Leisure category.
Meanwhile, Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO for the National Energy Foundation, has been
shortlisted as a First Women of the Built Environment award.
Hilary Chipping, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Infrastructure for the South East
Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has been nominated for an award in the
First Women in Public Service category for her work in housing and infrastructure.
The fourth finalist, Dr Claire Guest, Cofounder, Chief Executive & Director of Operations of the charity Medical Detection Dogs, has been shortlisted in the First Women of Science & Technology category.
Jan Flawn CBE nominated all the finalists.
“It’s fantastic to see all these ladies gaining the recognition they deserve,” she said.
“When I established the Women Leaders MK Awards last year, the aim was to raise the profile of inspiring women within MK both locally and nationally.
“The fact that we have four finalists from Milton Keynes proves that MK is not only at the forefront of many industries but also pioneering in its promotion of women in industry and business.”
Nominations for Women Leaders MK 2016 are now open.
To nominate a successful and inspiring woman in the Milton Keynes area, visit www.womenleadersmk.co.uk
Winners of a Women Leaders MK award will be given the opportunity to be nominated for a
national First Women award.