The 2019 Women of the Year Lunch and Awards took place on Monday 14 October and recognised the hard work and notable achievements of over 400 ‘Women of the Year’.
A select few received special Women of the Year Awards selected by an independent judging panel, made up of extraordinary women including Women of the Year alumnae.

The Judging Panel was hosted by President Julie Etchingham,, and Chairman Catherine Roe, Women of the Year and included:

Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE, an active campaigner for justice and equality, and the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a teenager who was murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993. She founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in 1998 and her work was recognised with a Woman of the year Award in 2012.

Sue MacGregor CBE, BBC Radio 4’s broadcaster, and perhaps best known as a former presenter of Woman’s Hour and later the Today programme.

Carmel McConnell MBE FRSA, author and campaigner, with a focus on child poverty, education and wellbeing. Previously a Greenham Common activist and a corporate consultant, Carmel was inspired to found the Magic Breakfast by the impact of hunger and poverty on children’s school attainment in the East End of London. Carmel was also the recipient of the 2018 Women of the Year Campaigner Award.