Finalists and judges announced for the third annual Inspirational Women Awards

Finalists and judges announced for the third annual Inspirational Women Awards


The unsung female heroes of Bradford will once again be honoured for their contributions and achievements across public and home life at the third, annual Bradford Inspirational Women Awards (BIWA), taking place on Saturday 29 March at the Hilton Hotel, Bradford.


The coveted award ceremony, which highlights the stories of the district’s inspirational women, continues to go from strength to strength with a new category added each year. This year’s new category is Inspirational Woman in Public Services. Once again the response for nominations across all categories has been exceptional. In addition, two Special Awards will be presented on the night by the founders of the Inspirational Woman Foundation – a not for profit organisation established to work with and to support women, be it at home, in the workplace, in the community or in business, of which the Inspirational Women Awards are now a part.


An independent panel of judges comprising Adeeba Malik MBE; Deputy Chief Executive of Bradford-based charity, QED; David Ward MP, Bradford East; and Susan Jones, HR Director, Freeman Grattan Holdings has selected the category winners, to be announced on the night. The ceremony will highlight the stories of these inspirational women to guests, councillors, MP’s and VIP’s in attendance.


This year’s category finalists:

Inspirational Community Star

Maralyn Adey, Founder, charities Learning Disability Hospital Support, and Sing from the Heart; Jean Walker, Founder and Chairperson, Bradford and District Senior Power (BDSP)


Inspirational Woman in Public Services

Jo Miller, CEO Doncaster Council; Bushra Sheikh, Probation Officer and Chair of the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) for Bradford and Calderdale Districts; Cheryl Holdsworth, Year 3 teacher, St Mathews C of E Primary School


Inspirational Employee

Nabila Ayub, Regional Manager, Mosaic; Halima Khan, County Sports Development Officer, West Yorkshire Sport; Neelum Bashir, Business Development & Recruitment Manager, Bradford University Management Dept


Inspirational Business Woman

Rosa Massimo, Founder, Rosa Massimo’s Hair Academy; Liz Weatherill, Founder of social enterprise, Enable 2; Rizwana Hussain, Sales Director, Multibrands International Ltd.


Inspirational Woman in Sports

Mumtaz Khan, Founder, Onna Ju-Jitsu Club; Lisa Winteridge, Taekwondo expert

Inspirational Mum

Mrs R Khan; Shameem Shah; Shaheen Kauser


Inspirational Woman of The Year

Sarah Khan Bashir; Sue Hodgson; Dawn Williams-Urch


Winners across the Inspirational Mum and Inspirational Woman of the Year categories will be selected according to the highest number of public votes via the website. Closing date for public voting is Midnight, 27th March.


Last year, as the world celebrated 100 years of Bollywood cinema, a special category was announced for the public to nominate their most Inspirational Female Bollywood Icon. The winner by public nomination was lauded actress, Madhuri Dixit.


Bradford Inspirational Women Awards (BIWA) was founded by Bradford born and bred Fatima Patel, Editor, Asian Sunday – the country’s first FREE Sunday newspaper. The Awards were established to showcase Bradford’s most inspirational women across public and home life, with a view to inspire and aspire future generations.


Says Fatima, “In my opinion, women have always had to work twice as hard to achieve, be it at home, at work, in the community or in business. The awards recognise this and offer a platform to celebrate those that have inspired us and future generations to follow. I am particularly pleased that the awards are now part of the Inspirational Woman Foundation, so that all funds raised at the awards can now be used to supporting female led initiatives.”


Unfortunately, due to an accident in London, Fatima was hospitalised last November and is currently still in recovery. Despite her injuries, she insisted that the awards should still go ahead. Good friend, fellow Bradfordian and businesswoman Jane Vincent (Owner of recruitment company, Candelisa People; and Co-founder of CIC, Positive Bradford) agreed to step in and volunteered to continue the search of finding Bradford’s most Inspirational Women of 2014. Jane adds, “The BIWA is now in its third year and the show must go on! Fatima herself has created such an amazing event. Her passion and dedication is second to none and I couldn’t let her down, a friend in need is a friend in deed.”


Bradford MP, Gerry Sutcliffe, who has been attending the award ceremony since its inception says, “Bradford’s Inspirational Women Awards shows Bradford in a great light, shows that people who inspire the whole of our communities are all of the women in our society. Supported once again by Bradford Council, BIWA allows the public to nominate truly inspirational women, who may or may not have been recognised for their vital work and achievements in the past.”

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