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First Women of Public Service 2013: The shortlist

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18 April 2013

This year's First Women of Public Service award will be presented to one of six extraordinary women, who had created new public bodies or pioneered new thinking

Presented with benenden health, this is the truly outstanding shortlist for the 2013 First Women of Public Service award:

Lynne Berry OBE, deputy chair, Canal & River Trust…

  • Most senior woman ever in in leadership and management of the inland waterways of Britain;
  • Instrumental in the single largest transfer of public assets (£1bn) to the charitable sector, transforming British Waterways into an exemplar of public participation;
  • With Lord Davies, founded a Cass programme for senior women CEOs in the charitable sector to be considered as NEDs on FTSE 100 boards; and
  • Founder and co-chair of Women in Public Policy.

Rosemary Burden OBE, founder & trustee, Coroners’ Courts Support Service…

  • Created, from nothing, a volunteers’ service providing emotional support and practical help to guide bereaved families through coroners’ inquests;
  • Out of personal tragedy, now 140 volunteers in 26 courts;
  • Created change in the oldest court in the land, steeped in historic rituals; and
  • Vision to expand the CCSS to become a national service in England and Wales, ensuring all bereaved families and witnesses had access.

Morella Kayman MBE, vice-president, Alzheimer’s Society…

  • When her late husband was diagnosed with dementia in 1972, no practical support or advice was available;
  • Formed the Alzheimer’s Society;
  • Today the charity raises £70m to provide 86,000 people with dementia across England, Wales and Northern Ireland with 2,000 support services; and
  • “Goal that everyone affected by dementia is able to access the support they need, when they need it and in an appropriate way and manner that’s personal to them”.

Justine Mackinnon, core team member, Standby Task Force, and founder, CrisisMappersUK…

  • The first female airfield manager at Heathrow;
  • Awarded the US Presidential Gold Medal for humanity and volunteering services;
  • Volunteer at the Standby Task Force, which organises digital volunteers into a flexible, trained and prepared network ready to deploy in crises; and
  • New, self-funded venture JusTech “empowering women to use emergency technology and tools for crisis management and disaster relief”.

Sarah Weir OBE, CEO, The Legacy List…

  • The first female managing director of Lloyd’s of London and, when appointed, one of only two senior women;
  • Quit and restarted her career in the arts world;
  • Now securing the cultural and educational legacy of 2012 Games; and
  • “My long-term aim is to secure the cultural and educational legacy with a permanent creative space in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park”.

Martina Milburn CBE, CEO, The Prince’s Trust…

  • Mould-breaking career with Press Association and CAFOD, and fund raising for Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital;
  • Led BBC Children in Need 2000-2004; and
  • First woman to be CEO of Prince’s Trust, with much mentoring and creation of Women’s Leadership Group.

Why not join us at the 2013 First Women Awards ceremony, in association with Lloyds Banking Group? This special night takes place at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on Wednesday June 12, 2013, and is hosted by the incomparable broadcaster and sports presenter, Clare Balding.

First Women Awards supporters include: the CBI, Accenture, Alexander Charles, benenden health, Centrica, COINS, IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers),  ICAEW, Land Rover, Real Business, CfEL (Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School), and the Huffington Post.