Ladies who lunch: We thank our West Women of the Year winners and partners

Friday, June 15, 2018

Last month some of the region’s most influential women came together for a night of celebration.

In a follow-up to our West Women of the Year Awards, winners and partners were this week invited to a special lunch at the Malmaison in Cheltenham.

The midday event was a chance for all those involved in the awards to reflect on what was a fabulous night over some delicious food, drink and good company.

Senior editor of Gloucestershire Live, Rachael Sugden, addressed guests.

She said: “I am proud of each and every one of our winners.

“What I want everyone to take away from this campaign is to keep talking those influential women and to think about, in your sphere of influence, who should be named an influential woman next year.

Some of the guests at the West Women of the Year lunch

“I don’t want us to lose momentum on this, it’s a very important conversation we should be having.

“Too many women don’t put themselves forward for awards.

“I know a lot of our winners were shocked to find themselves on the list, never mind to find themselves as a winner.

“So I would like those women who won and who took part in the event to think about how that made them feel and to think about what that meant for them in their lives and how they can pass that on to somebody else.”

Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE, Rachael Sugden, Mike Norton, Julie Kent and Ann Ramsey.

The West Women of the Year campaign began in January and culminated not only in an awards night at the Passenger Shed in mid-April but also the publication of our ‘top 100 most influential women in the west’ list.

This list included businesswomen, charity workers, actresses, politicians and even royalty – all of whom we believed have played a huge part in shaping the everyday running of the South West region.

To view the list in full click here

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