First Women is a national organisation which was launched in 2005 to bring together trailblazing women in business and public service.
Women Leaders is delighted to announce our founder Jan Flawn and three of our 2016 winners are finalists for this year’s First Women awards.
Clare Wood, Head of Development and Communications at MK Gallery, is in the running to be the First Woman of Tourism and Leisure.
The judges are looking for an inspiring, committed and creative female at the top of the tourism and leisure industry and Clare ticks all the boxes.
Last year she won the Women Leaders award for Creative Industries after showing her passion and commitment to the arts on judging day.
Women Leaders is also proud to be supporting Assistant Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police Nikki Ross.
Nikki impressed our 2016 judges when she was nominated for the award of Outstanding Contribution and is now hoping to win the First Woman of Public Service.
The judges want to see evidence of dedication and passion who is pioneering and entrepreneurial in spirit, which Nikki has in abundance after a successful career in a predominantly male-dominated profession.
Elizabeth Sheldon CEO of Evidence Talks won two categories in Women Leaders MK 2016 – Business Services and Science and Technology.
Her business, which develops digital forensic technologies, has shown evidence Elizabeth is pioneering, tenacious and committed to her industry.
She could now become First Woman of Science and Technology after being shortlisted for the award this year.
And finally our very own Women Leaders founder Jan Flawn CBE is thrilled to be a finalist for the First Woman of Healthcare which is a new award for First Women 2017.
Undoubtedly Jan has been at the forefront of innovation in healthcare since starting her career as a nurse and later career founding neurological care provider and multi-award-winning PJ Care.
She has gone on to become an inspiring role model for so many women in this field after winning Business Woman of the Year at the First Women Awards in 2013 before creating Women Leaders to give others the same opportunities.
You can read more about the First Women Awards here: http://firstwomen.co.uk/awards/