Women 1st today announced the shortlist for the Women 1st Shine Awards 2012. These are the only accolades to recognise outstanding female and business achievement in the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries. This year’s winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 19 June 2012, hosted by radio and television presenter Emma Forbes at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, following the inaugural Women 1st Conference (people1st.co.uk/conference). The evening will also see 25 inspirational females inducted into the Women 1st Top 100 Club (people1st.co.uk/top100club), which recognises the most influential women in the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries.

The shortlist for individual award recognition is as follows:

Outstanding Entrepreneur


Helen Dhaliwal, director, Red Hot World Buffet & Bar

Rachael Fidler, managing director, HTP Training

Kate Martin, managing partner, The Brookwood Partnership Ltd

Freda Newton, managing director, Jacobite Cruises

Carolyne Vale, joint managing director and co-founder, Wilson Vale


Rising Star


Caroline Harris, marketing director – Costa Enterprises, Costa Coffee

Claire Jones, first officer, Flybe

Cassandra Leicester, assembly and manufacturing leadership development scheme trainee, Rolls-Royce Plc

Lisa Mullaney, assistant general manager, Dishoom

Emily Perry, marketing manager, learnpurple


Mentor of the Year


Alessandra Alonso, independent management consultant and coach mentor

Liz Chandler, director – corporate development, Merseytravel

Carol Hay, director of marketing UK and Europe, Caribbean Tourism Organisation

Pippa Isbell, chief executive, PRCo Ltd

Paula Rogers, managing director, Admiral Recruitment






Woman of the Year


Zoe Jenkins, general manager, Coworth Park

Carolyn McCall, chief executive, Easyjet

Jill McDonald, CEO UK and president Northern Divison, McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd

Carolyne Vale, co-founder and managing director, Wilson Vale

Angela Vickers, managing director, Apex Hotels Ltd


Lifetime Achievement:


Lady Penelope Cobham, chair, VisitEngland

Jackie Cupper, operations director, Spirit Pub Company

Avril Owton MBE FIH, owner, The Cloud Hotel

Jill Stein, director, Seafood Restaurant

Tanya Wheway, chairman, Wheway Lifestyle International



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


Women 1st was founded by sector skills council People 1st to support women in achieving their career aspirations in the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industry.  As well as running the Women 1st Shine Awards and Top 100 Club, it offers continuing professional development training, a mentoring programme and networking events. Women 1st has supported over 800 women since its launch in October 2009.