Finalists for Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award’s announced

Finalists for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award’s have been announced.

In its 44th year, the awards honour and celebrate women impacting different aspects of business today.

Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award nominees:
  • Alison Brittain, CEO, Whitbread
  • Sophi Tranchell, CEO, Divine Chocolate

The finalists selected by the independent judging panel. Christine Hodgson, member of the judging panel and Chairman of Capgemini, said:

“Both women represent the diverse nature of business today. Alison, in her role at both Lloyds and now as CEO of Whitbread, has demonstrated how successful women can reach the top of large organisations and work across very different sectors. Through Sophi’s inspirational leadership of Divine Chocolate, she has built a successful, innovative business, and a strong brand whilst challenging the status quo and proving business can be done differently.”

Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Award nominees:
  • Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre
  • Shauneen Lambe, Founder and Executive Director, Just For Kids Law

Panel member, Ruthie Rogers, Founder, River Café, said:

“This award is a celebration of how organisations can positively impact society. Jude Kelly and Shauneen Lambe, as its first two nominees, are clear examples of how business and leaders can impact and make a significant difference to society.

“Jude Kelly has revolutionised the Southbank Centre over the past decade and has created a platform to champion women through the annual WOW – Women of the World festival. Shauneen Lambe, with her charity, Just For Kids Law, is providing a service for young people in crisis by giving them legal assistance and other support, innovating in a sector that is notoriously resistant to change.”

Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award nominees:
  • Alice Bentinck, Founder, Entrepreneur First
  • Samantha Payne, Founder, Open Bionics

Kathryn Parsons, Founder and CEO, Decoded and the first winner of the New Generation Award, said:

“Alice Bentinck’s ambition to offer ambitious, technical individuals viable funding opportunities to become entrepreneurs, straight out of academia and industry gives the UK a pipeline of revolutionary founders for the future. Samantha Payne is harnessing the power of code, robotics and 3D printing with her work in prosthetics at Open Bionics transforming traditional processes within her industry.”

Julie Nollet, Marketing & Communication Director, Moët Hennessy UK, said:

“We are proud to announce the shortlist for the 2017 Business Woman Awards on International Women’s Day. This year’s nominees importantly reflect the diversity of business thriving in the UK today. Madame Clicquot was one of the world’s first female entrepreneurs and even in the 19th century, demonstrated tremendous business acumen, innovation and desire to succeed. It is incredible to see that all of our nominees exhibit these same attributes over two hundred years later.”

The winners of the three awards will be announced on Tuesday 9 May 2017 at a reception in The Ballroom at Claridge’s.


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