Creative Industries – LAURA MILLER, Milton Keynes Kids

“I was completely shocked but delighted to win the Women’s Leaders Award and be in the company of such inspirational women from Milton Keynes. I was on a high for days and received a phenomenal amount of support from followers of my blog Milton Keynes Kids. I’m now looking to get my website professionally developed so that I can showcase more fun and cheap days out for children as well as make it even more useful. I’ve also started doing more live content
to reach even more people.”

Community Impact Professional – KIM OPSZALA, Dentons


Community Impact Charity – KATHY HOWARD, YMCA MK


Highly Commended – ANGELA NOVELL


Community Impact Voluntary – JACKY SCOTT, MK Gallery


Customer Service – REBECCA PECK, MK Council

“I am so happy to have been recognised alongside so many inspirational women at the women leaders awards.
I am starting a new role next month leading a new shared customer service team for two London councils, so I am excited about the opportunity to take the learning I have gained from my work in Milton Keynes in to my new role. I think we have so much to be proud of in Milton Keynes.”

Supply Chain – KAREN ROBSON, Santander


Environment & Engineering –  DR YOLANDE HERBATH, Transport Systems Catapult


Highly Commended DR TOSIN SOMORIN, Cranfield University


Science & Technology – LISA BLAKEY, Santander

“I was really excited when I was  recognised within Santander and nominated for this award, and felt really proud when I made it to the finalist stage.  When I saw the achievements of the other finalists in my category I felt honoured to be part of that group and when on the night, it was my name announced as the winner I was completely blown away! 
The award came at a really key point in my life and my career as I will be going on maternity leave in January to have my first child.  It has given me so much confidence that I will be able to continue the good work at Santander both before and after my maternity leave and also has inspired me to get even more involved in local charity work whilst I am on maternity.  Hopefully I will also succeed in my new role as a Mum!”

Public Service – DR HAIDO VLACHOS, Central North West London MK NHS Trust


MK50 Business Services Awards – LIZ MALE MBE, LMC


Professional Services – DR HAIDO VLACHOS, Central North West London MK NHS Trust


Emerging Leader – EMILIA HARDERN, Network Rail

“Winning this award at the age of 22 aids me to inspire other young people, I always say that you’re never too young to display leadership qualities and my award has proved that. Since winning my award I’ve reached out to a number of innovatives supporting women into work, being a winner of a Women Leaders award adds credibility to my volunteering applications and opens up more opportunities for me to get involved in supporting others. I would like to say a big thank you to Jan for organising such a brilliant event.”


Inspirational Male Supporting Women – NEIL RUSSELL, PJ Care


Female Entrepreneur – FRANZI FLORACK, MK Biergarten

“I was delighted to win the Women’s Leader award for best entrepreneur. The whole evening was lovely and when my name was called for the last regular award of the night, I couldn’t have been more surprised! I had already passed my PhD viva earlier that day and couldn’t believe my luck. I was especially impressed with the range of amazing people who attended the ceremony and  that everyone was so supportive of each other. What an inspirational event!’
Meeting all these other amazing ladies has really inspired me to work more in collaboration with other local leaders and I will also start to give my best staff at the shops even more independence so that they can become leaders themselves.”

Unsung Hero – JOHN COVE, MK Dons SET


Outstanding Contribution – PADMA CHERIYAN, RNIB

“It took me a while to come down from cloud 9 after winning the MKWL award.  Now that I have had some time to get my thoughts together, I can tell you what this award has meant to me.
“I am a volunteer for R N I B, I live and breathe their mission statement to make every day better for blind and partially sighted people.  My dream is to make Milton Keynes most accessible  city and an inclusive community of caring people.  The award has inspired me to work a little harder towards that goal.”