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Women in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism celebrated at 2017 Shine Awards

17 October 2017

  • Awards celebrate the achievements of women in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism
  • Ruth Badger of Argyll Holidays named Woman of the Year
  • Expedia named Best Place for Women to Work

Expedia, Compass Group and former Apprentice runner-up Ruth Badger were among the winners are last night’s Shine Awards, which celebrate the achievements of women working in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism, as well as the mentors, ambassadors and businesses that are actively working to improve gender balance at senior levels.

Presented by performance and talent management expert People 1st, in partnership with The Caterer and Travel Weekly, the awards aim to showcase strong female role models for women entering the industries, and emphasise the importance of creating a progressive workplace culture where men and women can thrive equally.

The awards ceremony, held at 8 Northumberland Ave in central London, was attended by over 200 industry leaders, and saw Hospitality Action’s Penny Moore scoop the Robyn Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, while Ruth Badger was awarded the title of Woman of the Year for her work in growing Argyll Holidays and empowering her team.

In the business awards, Expedia and Compass Group were named winners of the Best Place for Women to Work and Best Initiative to Retain and Develop Women respectively.

The evening also saw two new awards presented for the first time – Chef of the Year, won by Chantelle Nicholson, chef patron at Tredwells, and Apprentice of the Year, won by Sarah Nerys-Judge from the Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill and Umbrella Training.

The full list of 2017 Shine Awards winners is as follows:

  • Ambassador of the Year
    Winner: Jane Sunley - Purple Cubed
  • Apprentice of the Year  
    Winner: Sarah Nerys-Judge - Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill and Umbrella Training
    Highly commended: Luka Seddon, CH&CO Group and University of West London
  • Best Initiative to Retain and Develop Women
    Winner: Compass Group
    Highly commended: Thomas Cook
  • Best Place for Women to Work
    Winner: Expedia
    Highly commended: Georgian House Hotel
  • Chef of the Year
    Winner: Chantelle Nicholson - Tredwells
  • Innovator of the Year
    Winner: Gail Bunn - Brewhouse & Kitchen
    Highly commended: Alex Head, Social Pantry
  • Mentor of the Year
    Winner: Fay Sharpe - Zibrant, BCD M&E
  • Rising Star:
    Winner: Sophie Egglestone - Yorebridge House
    Highly commended: Tania Rahman - Chit Chaat Chai
  • The Robyn Jones Lifetime Achievement Award
    Winner: Penny Moore - Hospitality Action
  • Woman of the Year
    Winner: Ruth Badger – Argyll Holidays

Simon Tarr, chief executive of People 1st, commented: “This is the sixth Shine Awards we have hosted under the People 1st banner, but with the current challenges facing our industries – factors like rising costs, changing employee attitudes and the uncertainty around Brexit – the message is possibly more important today than it’s ever been.

“We need to be making the most of all the talent available to us, and retaining women, and enabling them to progress, is essential to the growth of our industries. Our winners truly encompass this ethos and demonstrate how women are helping to drive our industries forward – my congratulations to them all!“

Mark Lewis, publisher at The Caterer, commented: “Awards like this offer a chance to say well done to the industry’s highest-performing people and, crucially, hold up examples of best practice that we can all learn from. It’s encouraging to see so many individual success stories, and companies embracing a forward-thinking approach towards the development of female talent. Congratulations to all our winners!”

The 2017 Shine Awards are sponsored by Compass Group and HIT Chef Academy. More information about the Shine Awards can be found at www.shineawards.co.uk

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