1. Women of the Year Award
Consultant nurse Debby Edwards, trauma sister Victoria Mulleady, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist Kate Sherman, Sergeant (Sgt) Lauren Odell, Commander (Surg Cdr) Sarah Stapley and clinical specialist occupational therapist Sarah Winters. The award salutes a team of outstanding, compassionate and committed women –the ‘Sister Act’ – whose hard work, determination and outstanding medical achievements have saved the lives of critically injured soldiers and given them a future. The six dedicated medical professionals have worked tirelessly treating injured and wounded military personnel and civilians in hospitals in the UK as well as in the field.
Annie Lennox, singer, songwriter and philanthropist. An exceptional woman who was recognised for her selflessness in her fight to raise awareness of the plight of the women and children of Africa who have suffered from the devastation wrought by HIV/AIDS.
Emily Cummins, a young inventor who revolutionised Village Africa with her solar-powered refrigerator. She strives to change the lives of so many in the poorer parts of the world with her innovative ideas.
Shy Keenan and Sara Payne were recognised for their courage and spirit. Following tragic circumstances they have prevailed as champions for change and striven to make the world a better place and have campaigned tirelessly and with dignity to protect the rights of children.
Sister Frances Dominica, nun and pioneer to the hospice movement. She is founder of the first children’s hospice in the world called Helen & Douglas House, which provides care to children with life-limiting illnesses. Sister Frances is a truly exceptional woman, who has helped and influenced people around the world both personally and professionally.
Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder and director of Kids Company, a charity for children in inner London is a modern maverick, who believes in offering care, practical and emotional support to vulnerable children, often when they have suffered neglect and exclusion elsewhere.
Tina Turner, rock legend – an exceptional woman whose personal and public life has been both brave and bold. Such a woman is a modern maverick, combining extraordinary insight with determination and an inspiration to other women to strive and achieve more from their own lives.
2. Outstanding Achievement Award
Dr Nawal El Saadawi, the Egyptian novelist and feminist who has been imprisoned in the past for her fight for women’s rights in Egypt. She was a leading voice in Tahir Square, arguing for democratic reforms and encouraging young students and women to fight for their beliefs, and has shown great strength and courage.
Zaha Hadid, born in Baghdad, an exceptional woman and multi-award winning architect, who through her spirit and perseverance has gained acceptance in a male-dominated world and graced the world with some extraordinary ideas.
Hilary Henriques, who in 1990 after her own difficult childhood, set up the National Association for Children of Alcoholics – a small national charity that provides advice and support. Its helpline offers young people a friendly, and caring, voice at the end of the phone to talk to in moments of despair.
Nina Barough, who organised the very first Moonwalk, a marathon trek around the streets of London in the middle of the night to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Rose Molokoane, a South African veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle. This courageous and determined woman is one of the most internationally recognised grassroots activists involved in land tenure and housing issues around the world.
Jane Tomlinson MBE. Despite being diagnosed with advanced metastatic breast cancer in August 2000, her phenomenal achievements against all odds and her indomitable spirit, showed the world that anything is possible.
The McCartney sisters and Bridgeen Hagaans won the world’s respect for standing up to the IRA after their brother’s murder.
Paula Radcliffe, one of the greatest distance runners in the world after winning the 2002 London Marathon and smashing the UK and European record. She has overcome a potentially debilitating health condition (asthma) to achieve her goals.
Ellen MacArthur, yachtswoman, who at 28 years of age, sailed single handed round-the-world.
3. Lifetime Achievement Award
Lulu, singer, television personality and businesswoman. Her impressive career spans six decades and she works with charities including the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).
Dame Vera Lynn DBE, at 92 years of age, reached number 1 slot in the music charts for her war time classic ‘We’ll Meet Again’. An exceptional woman and a much loved woman of our time.
Marguerite Patten OBE
Baroness Margaret Thatcher
3. The “You Can” Award
Katie Piper, charity campaigner, is recognized for her indomitable spirit following a brutal acid attack and her awe-inspiring dedication in setting up her charity, The Katie Piper Foundation, to provide rehabilitation and scar management for burns survivors.
Shara Brice who, with her team, is recognised as having created one of the UK’s most ethnically diverse and effective youth programmes – the Ascension Eagles.
4. Inspirational Woman of the Year Award
Jackie Millerchip is a child minder who looks after able-bodied children alongside those with severe disabilities and learning difficulties. She has had a sensory cabin built in her garden and has converted the entire ground floor of her house to ensure that the space is accessible and well-suited to all of the children she cares for. Jackie aims to dismantle prejudices and encourage tolerance and understanding amongst children, as well as providing respite care for parents.
5. Window to the World Award
Susie Hart, a lady who has changed the lives of the disabled people of Tanzania who were shunned by society. The café she set up, run completely by deaf people, was voted Best Restaurant in Tanzania in 2010.
Jane Walker, a woman who set about to change the lives of the rubbish tip children of Manilla. In 10 years she has founded and built a school for the children made of containers with help from their parents and in the evening, educates the parents.
Ann Cotton, a woman whose courage and determination brought to our attention an international issue, in this case, the educational deprivation of young women in Zimbabwe.
Jasvinder Sanghira has campaigned for the rights of victims of forced marriage, domestic violence and honour killings. She refused her own forced marriage and broke the silence by sharing her experience, and the experiences of her six older sisters, who were all taken to India to marry and then found themselves trapped in abusive and oppressive relationships. It is her belief and courage that has opened a window of opportunity to those in need.
Thabitha Khumalo, a Zimbabwean mother, trade unionist and a women’s rights campaigner, whose work and courage, in often dangerous or intimidating circumstances, has opened all our eyes to a world we otherwise would not have understood. Thabitha’s fight for the basic female human right to have access to sanitary protection led her to be arrested 22 times and tortured.
Claire Bertschinger. The British field nurse who was interviewed by Michael Buerk in Ethiopia for the BBC in 1984. It was this interview that inspired Bob Geldof to set up Live Aid. After her time in Ethiopia she’s fought to save lives in many of the world’s most desperate trouble spots and war zones including The Lebanon, Afghanistan, Sudan, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Irene Khan, Head of Amnesty International. The first woman in its history to lead this influential human rights organisation that has over a million members in 140 countries.
Marie Colvin, Sunday Times war reporter. She lost an eye from a burst of shrapnel in Sri Lanka. She reported on the troubles in Kosovo, Chechnya and East Timor.
6. Young Achiever of the Year Award
Ms Dynamite, for her stand against guns after the shooting in Birmingham of two teenage girls during New Year 2002.
7. Barbour Award
Judy Craymer, for her foresight and determination in producing and staging the world wide musical hit Mamma Mia!
8. Craymer Award for Enterprise
Josette Bushell-Mingo, set up the Push Festival in 2001, now based at the Almeida. The Festival was set up to change black communities perception of themselves and to galvanise mainstream institutions to take on diversity in a much more visible way.
9. The Frink Award
Pam Warren, a survivor of the Paddington train crash disaster who received severe burns in the crash in 1999, and had to wear a plastic facemask for almost a year. She is also a leading campaigner with the Paddington Survivors’ Group.
10. Food for Thought Award
Claire Hicks who not only built the international Impact programme which is a global initiative that prevents major causes of disability, but has a obsession with a project called ‘Hidden Hunger’ which specifically addresses malnutrition which affects 800 million people globally.