Women 1st reveals shortlist for Shine Awards

15 Mar

Women 1st has announced the shortlist for its 2011 Shine Awards, which recognise and celebrate female success in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry. From the 250 nominations for this year’s awards, here’s the shortlist:

Outstanding Entrepreneur:

  • Jillian MacLean, founder and managing director, Drake & Morgan
  • Wendy Shand, founder, Tots to Travel
  • Camellia and Namita Panjabi, co-owners, Masala World
  • Lou Willcock, founder and director, IndiCater

Woman of the Year:

  • Jill McDonald, chief executive officer, McDonald’s UK & president Northern Division
  • Victoria Sanders, managing director, Teletext Holidays
  • Jane Sunley, chief executive officer, Learn Purple
  • Michelle Hanson, commercial director, Sodexo


  • Carrie Wicks, director of operations, Firmdale PLC
  • Lou Willcock, founder and director, IndiCater
  • Jez Langhorn, vice president people, McDonald’s

Rising Star:

  • Xoe Donovan, general manager, The Longford House Beefeater and Cannock South Premier Inn
  • Anna Baker, senior marketing executive, Bourne Leisure
  • Wendy Halsall-Bennett, general services manager, Sodexo

Lifetime achievement award:

  • Robyn Jones OBE, founder, CH&Co
  • Gill Benwell, director, Bourne Leisure
  • Vivien Sirotkin, operations director, Q Hotels
  • Maggie Berry, chair, Farm Stay UK (retired 2010)

Natalie Bickford, Sodexo’s UK and Ireland HR director and chair of Women 1st,said: “All of those shortlisted are an inspiration to us all. Showcasing females in the industry who have worked hard to achieve their career aspirations will inspire countless others to emulate that success and continue to make a valuable contribution.”

The shortlist for the large and small business of the year awards will be announced separately.

The winners will be revealed on Thursday 31 March 31 at the Savoy Hotel, London – along with the publication of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in the industry listing.


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