Meet the finalists for Bradford’s Fourth Annual Inspirational Women Awards

Bradford’s unsung female heroes will once again be honoured for their contributions and achievements across public and home life at the fourth, annual Bradford Inspirational Women Awards (BIWA), taking place on Saturday 28 March at the Life Centre, Wapping Road, 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 Teacher. 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.

The finalists represent the diverse culture Bradford inhabits, as this years finalists have roots in Eastern Europe, India, Pakistan and with one from a military background. A panel of judges will now meet in a weeks time to choose the final winners who will be announced at the red carpet awards ceremony.

Here are our finalists for the Bradford’s Inspirational Women Awards 2015

Employee Category

Lynne Cunningham – YMCA

Shazia Merban – Manager Pre School

Dr Kalpana Patel – Bradford City CCG

Public/Voluntary Sector

Yasmin Khan – Staying Put

Afash Sajad – Aurat Project

Dr Kalpana Patel – Bradford City CCG


Saima Hussain – Rugby player for Yorkshire and England Rugby team

Ambreen Sadiq – Boxer

Community Star

Kalsoom Akhtar

Beverley Barton

Katie Lloyd

Business Woman

Kavita Oberoi – Oberoi Consulting

Liva Alberta – Concierge Estates

Kate Hardcastle – Insight with Passion


Melissa Steele

Ashleigh Mae Bowers

Amy Barker


Janet Dunn – Carlton Bolling

Sally Layas – Holy Family Catholic School

Jessica McMillan – Copthorne School


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