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Winners announced in the 2022 West Country Women Awards



5th DECEMBER 2022.  

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Photo credit: Steve Haywood

West Country Women Awards announce winners at Grand Ceremony!


Winners of theinauguralWest Country Women Awards were announced at a Grand Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the Crowne PlazainPlymouth on 1st December 2022.

More than 320 guests, finalists and sponsors from across the South West attended the sold out inspirational Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner held atthe Crowne Plaza , Plymouth on 1st December 2022.

The West Country Women Awards celebrateand recognise women all across the peninsular in all walks of life from women in health to women in sport, combatting violence against women and girls to green business of the year and more.

Hosts for the evening's inspiring celebrations were Alexis BowaterOBE& Tess Stuber, co-founders of the West Country Women Awards.

Alexis Bowater said:"I have run women in business networks and awards here in the south west for ten years now. The last were just for business but this time we decided to make it about everybody's business. So we introduced new categories, hoping to encompass and reflect more of our lives, in and out of the office."

The awards'charity of the year was Trevi House and, with the help of the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Sue Dann, more than£2,000 was raised on the night.


Tess Stuber said:"when we started these awards little did we realise what the overwhelming response would be. "May the fourth be with you"we said on that early summer's morning. And it has been."

There were more than 1079 nominations of women across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset, 90 semi finalists, 50 finalists and16 winners.

Richard Stevens, Managing Director of Headline Sponsors Go South West, said:"We were delighted to support the West Country Women Awards, the evening celebrated and showcased, inspirational women from across the region from a diverse range of businesses and enterprises.

"I was blown away by the calibre of talent and drive we were privileged to witness. I believe that the legacy from the awards will benefit our communities, through showcasing amazing role models for girls and women. I look forward to next year's event, I know we can encourage even more entrants and celebrate their many successes"

Every sponsor emphasised the outstanding calibre of their categoryfinalists when presenting the winner with theirWest Country Women Awardstrophy.

The roll call of nominees, finalists, winners and sponsors is a testament to the overwhelming and extraordinary response to the first year of the West Country Women Awards. 

Category sponsors were joined by astonishing support from businesses such as PL1 Events, Cornwall Chamber, GWR, Plymouth College, Imerys, The Family Law Company, the Samphire Club, Princess Yachts, Sir Fix-a-Lock, Hoare Lea, Babcock, Crowdfunder, Southwest Boutique Events, Gifted Women, South West Business Council, Ocean City Media, Plymouth Gin, Nuffield Health Plymouth, Navas Drinks, the Pig, Crowne Plaza, Poppy Jakes Photography, Calancombe Winery and Amber Leach Photography.

And West Country Women Awards Ambassadors including Jade Scott, Tracey Duke, Jo Lines, Clare Palmer and Lisa Bailey-Brown attended.

Winners of the West Country Women Awards are:

Women in STEMSponsored by MSubs Ltd

Olivia Smedley -Goonhilly Earth Station 

Green Business AwardSponsored by LHC Design 

Susan Willis and Kate Richards -The Queens at 46 

Combatting Violence Against Women & GirlsSponsored by The Offiice of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly 

Hannah Shead -Trevi 

Inspirational LeaderSponsored by Ward Williams Associates 

Emma Hewitt -Plymouth City Council 

Woman in TechSponsored by Real Ideas 

Tanuvi Ethunandan -Data Duopoly 

Employer of the Year Sponsored by St Austell Brewery 

Natalie Crouch -Peaky Digital 

Women in SportJudged by Sharron Davies 

Emma Collings - Barnes -Mount Kelly 

Employee of the YearSponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson

Sarah Newberry -YMCA Plymouth 

Woman in HealthSponsored by Plymouth & Exeter Science Parks 

Catherine Lewis -Aardvark Occupational Health

The Phoenix AwardSponsored by Michael Spiers Jewellers

Sophie Alway -Georgia's Voice 

Best Supporting Act Judged by Genius Events 

Fiona Lee -Safeguarding Associates 

Small Business of the Year Judged by Plymouth Citybus - Go Southwest 

Samantha Jackman -Boost innovations 

Women in Construction & Property Sponsored by Building Growth South West

Carole Barnes -C2 Project Safety 

Entrepreneur of the YearSponsored by Continuum 

Alex Kelly -Waymakers CIC

Diversity and EqualitySponsored by The Plymouth Charter 

Ana Tereza da Silva Barbosa Richards -Devon County Council




Notes for editors:

Photograph: All Winners at the West Country Women Awards Ceremony. Photograph courtesy of Steven Haywood.

The West Country Women Awards were founded in 2022 by Tess Stuber and Alexis Bowater OBE. They established the awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in the West Country. 

To find out more about the West Country Women Awards or to arrange an interview please contact Tess Stuber 07824388079 or Alexis Bowater 07786362454 or email

Distributed on behalf of the West Country Women