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West Country Women Awards Semi-Finalists Announced


Semi finalist announcement news release




West Country Women Awards Announces Semi-Finalists at Somerset County Cricket Club

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Taunton, 26th September 2023.



The West Country Women Awards, the prestigious organisationcelebrating and recognising the exceptional achievements of women from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and Dorset, proudly announced the semi-finalists for 2023 at a sold-out event held on Tuesday at Somerset County Cricket Club.

The event was attended by more than 100 distinguished guests, including representatives from the four counties and the esteemed sponsors.

The West Country Women Awards aim to shine a spotlight on the remarkable contributions made by women across various fields and industries, acknowledging their hard work, determination, and dedication.

This year's semi-finalists have demonstrated outstanding excellence in their respective categories, embodying the spirit of empowerment and inspiring others.

The event at Somerset County Cricket Club brought together a diverse group of influential individuals, including entrepreneurs, innovators, community leaders, and trailblazers, all committed to celebrating the accomplishments of women in the West Country.

Included in the announcement were the winners of the Devon Women in Business Awards who will be considered alongside the semi finalists as part of a collaborative partnership between the two organisations with the same objective to empower and support women in business.

"We are thrilled to announce the semi-finalists for the West Country Women Awards. These women have achieved remarkable milestones and have positively impacted their communities. Their stories are truly inspiring, and we are proud to honour and recognise their accomplishments," said Tess Stuber, Co-Director of the West Country Women Awards CIC.


Each semi-finalist was carefully selected by a panel of judges, who reviewed a record number of nominations from a wide range of sectors.
The judges faced the challenging task of shortlisting the most deserving candidates, considering the exceptional achievements, leadership qualities and positive influence demonstrated by each nominee.

Alexis Bowater OBE, co-founder of The West Country Women Awards said: "It has been another wonderful day of celebration and networking, meeting nominees and sponsors. We could not do this without the exceptional support of people like our Headline Sponsor Plymouth Citybus and Headline Production Sponsor PL1 Events as well as all of our category sponsors who have generously supported these awards and made it possible to recognise the achievements of women in the region.

"Their commitment to supporting women and promoting gender equality is absolutely outstanding, and their partnership is invaluable in making the awards a resounding success."

The West Country Women Awards will hold the finalists' announcement on October 30th at Powderham Castle in Devon and the winners will be announced at a glitteringgala ceremonyin Plymouth on December 1st, where the ultimate winners in each category will be honoured.


The Semi finalists 2023 in the 16 categories are:


Women in Tech.

- Sponsored by Msubs Ltd

Amber Amare

Amber Amare Films

Lizzie Ginbey

Teapot Creative

Theresa Benson


Katherine George

Oh So Social

Hannah Rowe

Rowe IT

Hayley Smith

Myriad Services

Marina Hoole








The Combating Violence Against Women and Girls Award.

- Sponsored by The office of the Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Dawn Dines

Stamp Out Spiking

Jeanie Lynch

CoLab Exeter

Lynn McKenzie


Mel Sevieri


Michele Thornbery


Sarah Dangar

Sarah Dangar Consultancy








The Women in Stem Award

- Sponsored by Real Ideas

Jan Peters


Bryony Halliday

Wheal Jane Consultancy

Jannice Jones

Soulful Scientist

Kateryna Omelchuk

Imerys British Lithium

Leanne Moore

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Jessica Williams

Stantec UK






The Green Business Awards

- Sponsored by LHC Design

Avril Greenaway

Cleaner Seas Group

Becky Wright

New Leaf Life Design

Brittany Harris

Qualis Flow

Claire Wallerstein and Bryony Stokes

Cornwall Climate Care

Emma Lower

Lendology CIC

Kate Doran

Flotsam Flo

Rachael Whitson

Absolute PR and Marketing





The Entrepreneur of the Year Award

- Sponsored by Continuum

Brittany Harris

Qualis Flow

Claire Robinson

Extra Help

Emily Harrison

Pebble Brook Clinic

Gina Farrow

Metal Designs by Gina

Natalie Temple

Peaky Digital

Samantha Jackman

Boost Innovations

Karen Hagenow

The Posh Bits Company






The Phoenix Award

- Sponsored by Michael Spiers Jewellers

Jeanette Brown

More Positive Me

Kerry Whincup

Cornwall Council

Jan Ford

The Loving Abductor

Wendy Turner

Everyone Needs A Wendy

Nicci Simpson

Devon Eco Boutique

Louisa Willcox

Louisa Willcox Money Strategist






The Small Business of the Year Award

- Sponsored by Somerset Council

Wenna and Pippa Hicks

The Barn at Pengelly

Donna Barnes


Verona Cocks

Paddle & Cocks

Caroline Whitehead

Calancombe Estate

Lucy Kemp

Lucy Kemp Jewellery

Theresa Benson


Joanne Manville

Joanne Manville Virtual Assistance






Women in Property and Construction

- Sponsored by Ian Williams Ltd.

Glayne Price

LHC Design

Emily Drake

Tusker Industrial Safety

Emma Sueref

Coreus Group

Kathy Trist


Laura Lamb

Clever Student Lets

Danielle Hill

Collaton Safety

Poppy Jakes

Poppy Jakes Photography







The Employee of the Year Award

- Sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson, Plymouth


Emma Hewitt

Plymouth City Council

Morven Maclean

Building Plymouth

Rhea Crighton

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Hannah Hill

More Positive Me CIC

Charlotte Gibbens


Deborah Stanyon

Porlock Vale Tourist Association

Maddie Holland

Educated Recruitment






The Women in Charity Award

- Sponsored by Lifeworks

Anna Corbett

Transformation CPR

Dina Holder

The Women's Centre Cornwall

Emma Murphy

Stanley Beau Foundation

Iris Billing

Tanya's Courage Trust

Nicola Nurrish

Marbles Lost and Found CIC

Jenny Adjene

Gifted Women

Joanna Gorniak

Street Factory



The Inspirational Leader Award

- Sponsored by The Franchise Consultant

Emily Tisshaw

Georgia's Voice

Sherilee Green

Empower Core Programs

Barbara Kaczorowska

Neighbourhood Care

Iris Billing

Tanya's Courage Trust

Faye Edwardes

Positive Mindset

Coral Jonas

Dartmoor Zoological Society

Sarah Jane Williamson

Mare and Foal Sanctuary





The Women in Food and Drink Award

- Sponsored by Ocean View at The Dome, Plymouth



Randa Abdullah Hucker

Hullabaloos Lemonade

Beth Ashfield and Andrea Broadhurst


Coldharbour Field Kitchen

Maddie Beaumont

The Cotley Inn

Caroline Whitehead

Calancombe Estate

Nat Tallents

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Samantha Miller & Jane Baxter

Wild Artichokes





The Best Supporting Act

- Judged by Genius Events

Lyn Paxman


Sherilee Green

Empower Core Programs CIC

Dawn Dines

Stamp Out Spiking

Katherine Dyer

The Pocket Strategist

Janette Owen

Stiltskin Arts

Angela Rimmer

Angela Consulting

Nikita Dixon

Story Sense




The Women in Sport Award

- Judges by Wollens

Emilie Perring

Plymouth Cheerleaders

Lexi Chambers


Rebecca McWass


Sally Orange


Susan Howell

Exeter Harriers

Tors Froud

Making Waves






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About West Country Women Awards:

The West Country Women Awards CIC is a prestigious platform that celebrates and recognises the exceptional achievements of women in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and Dorset. By highlighting their accomplishments, the awards aim to inspire and empower women, promoting gender equality and fostering a culture of success.