Two pioneering Milton Keynes Business Women Leaders have won a national CBI First Woman award in London, in acknowledgement of their outstanding contribution to science and technology and public services.
Science and Technology winner, Dr Claire Guest, picked up her award in recognition of her work with medical detection dogs. Claire has been at the forefront of pioneering cancer detection research, including a breast cancer trial to determine whether dogs can detect mutated cells from just breath samples. She is also undertaking a study, in collaboration with the NHS, to establish the reliability of dogs to detect urological cancers including prostate cancer, the second biggest killer of men in the UK.
Meanwhile, Hilary Chipping, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Infrastructure for the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), received her award in the First Women in Public Service category for her work in housing and infrastructure over the last 40 years. Her dedication has been immense, distinctive and innovative and she has been instrumental in securing investment in housing and infrastructure both nationally and within the local community.
Jan Flawn CBE who nominated all the finalists said: “It’s been fantastic to see these ladies gaining the recognition they deserve nationally. When I established the Women Leaders MK Awards last year, the aim was to raise the profile of talented and successful women within Milton Keynes and inspire women leaders of the future.
“The fact that we had four finalists from Milton Keynes and two became winners proves that MK is not only at the forefront of many industries but also trailblazing in terms of women in science, industry and business.”
Three days now remain to nominate a successful and inspiring woman in the Milton Keynes area for a ‘Women Leaders’ award, please visit www.womenleadersmk.co.uk Deadline for entries is 30 June, 2016.