Woman of Influence Awards

Woman of Influence Awards 2019

The annual Woman of Influence Awards (WOI) returned to the Grand Central Hotel on Sunday 17th March 2019.

The annual event, now in it's 19th year, raised over £65,000 for Action for Children to support disadvantage children, young people and their families.

WOI founded in 2001, exists to encourage, support and recognise influential women in Scotland. These women are from many arenas including media, sport, entertainment, business, politics, public service and the community – the common thread is that they have all made an outstanding contribution to our society. To date the awards have now raised over £1.2 million for Action for Children.

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300 guests on the day enjoyed fabulous entertainment Gary Lamont, our band Could It Be Take That and our amazing host A Place in the Sun's Jean Johansson.

More importantly, WOI recognises the remarkable achievements of some truly special women, who are an inspiration to their peers and wider society, including the children, young people and families Action for Children helps.

 

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This year's Woman of Influence Award went to Sarah Brown for her campaign work to educate more children around the world. The WOI board, along with an external judging panel, recognised Sarah for her work in Theirworld, a charity she founded and now acts as chair which aims to give children the best start in life. Theirworld also administers the Jennifer Brown Research Fund, established in the memory of her first child with husband Gordon.

Picture: Sarah Brown with the Woman of Influence 2019 Award

 

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The Woman of Influence Awards also recognised Dr Holly Butler and awarded her the Woman to Watch Award. Holly is the research director of ClinSpec Diagnostics, a company she co-founded that is developing a blood test for the early detection of brain cancer. The test works by shining light on blood, and then using artificial intelligence to detect the signals of cancer. 

Picture: Dr Holly Butler with the Woman to Watch 2019 award.

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The annual lunch also recognised a young carer from North Lanarkshire, 17-year-old Megan Boss, with the Inspirational Young  Woman Award 2019. She cares for both of her parents and received little support before being involved in Action for Children. Paul Carberry, Action for Children Director for Scotland, said "I am very happy that Megan has been recognised for all her efforts with the Inspirational Young Woman Award. We are incredibly proud to see how far she has come during her time at the project and to see her now act as an ambassador supporting other young carers, both in her school and across North Lanarkshire." 

Picture Left to Right: Paul Carberry (Director for Scotland), Kate Guthrie (Chair of the Board of Trustees) and Megan Boss (WOI Inspirational Young Woman 2019)

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