First Women Awards: tonight’s the night

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Jane Delfino, director of enterprise and internationalism, Manchester Academy

Jane is pioneering the personalisation of work experience and work-related learning across the 14 to 19 age group. As director of enterprise and internationalism at Manchester Academy – the 13th most deprived school in the country. She is responsible for making sure the school’s “Enterprise 4 Employability” strategy complements and adds value to the academic curriculum. She is also responsible for developing enterprise and internationalism across the 16 academies in the United Learning Trust (ULT).

Prof Jenny Higham, deputy principal and director of education, Imperial College

Jenny is deputy principal and director of education in the faculty of medicine at Imperial College, one of the most senior roles in a £240m-turnover university. She continues to practise as a consultant gynaecologist, and her work on menstrual blood loss was one of the most highly cited gynaecological publications ever. She is active within the community and university sector. As if all that weren’t enough, she’s leading the creation of Singapore’s third medical school, in partnership with Nanyang Technological University.

Polly Gowers, CEO, Everyclick

Polly is the founder of Everyclick, the ground-breaking technology company that’s delivering an entirely new revenue stream to 170,000 UK charities. Everyclick has already raised more than £1.7m for UK charities. Her latest venture, the “Give as you Live” app, turns every pound an individual spends into funds for their cause of choice, at no cost to the shopper. This aims to raise £1bn-plus for UK charities over the coming years.

Amanda Long, head of corporate responsibility, Anglian Water

Amanda is a trailblazer in corporate responsibility, beginning with her work at Unilever on the ground-breaking international sustainable marine fisheries programme – the Marine Stewardship Council initiative – in partnership with WWF. Most recently, Angela has led the development of Anglian Water’s “Love Every Drop” initiative, which uses water as a way to engage people to think differently about the resources we all consume.

Carolyn Webster, European programmes manager, Jobcentre Plus

Carolyn comes from St Ives, Cornwall, has two children and works for Jobcentre Plus. Yet this does scant justice to her contribution to the county. The programmes she runs have supported more than 4,600 people, through a variety of activities, and are consistently the best-performing DWP (Department of Work & Pensions) contracts nationally. She chairs Inclusion Cornwall, a cross-sector partnership focused on enhancing economic inclusion. This is a modest visionary, whose work is beginning to influence government at the highest level.

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