Inspire Awards

Celebrating Inspiration


Chief Executive Sue Grindrod Joins the Business Judging Panel

Chief Executive, Sue Grindrod Consultancy Chief Executive experience with a track record of achieving rapid step changes in organisational capability and employee engagement to deliver improved business performance. Currently Chair and Director of Liverpool Waterfront...

Jon Gardner – Proud to be #HeForShe Judge

Jon has been working in the storage industry for 7 years and is Regional Director for all SureStore facilities in the north of England. When SureStore opened the doors of their very first facility in 2018, Bolton was chosen as the perfect town to debut their new and exciting approach to secure, safe storage, offices, retail spaces and warehousing.

Well deserved MBE for Nick Buckley

Many congratulations to one of our #Inspirejudges #NickBuckley for receiving his MBE for services to the community, particularly for homeless people. Nick Buckley is the CEO of #MancunianWay Charity. Mancunian Way is the award winning charity born out of the ashes of...

Our Patron – Baroness Trish Morris

We are absolutely delighted and honoured to announce that the #SheInspires campaign Patron is Baroness Trish Morris of Bolton. A true embodiment of #SheInspiresethos, her  long list of accomplishments is matched only by her true humility. Baroness Morris, the first...

Jackie Hyde – Truly Inspirational Director of Stanmore Insurance

Thirty years ago, Jackie Hyde was happy working as an insurance underwriter with a large corporate. Then she started a family, and realised she needed a role which would give her more freedom to juggle motherhood and a career. She applied for and won a post as an...

The Lives of Freda: the political, spiritual and personal journeys of Freda Bedi

Freda Bedi was an Englishwoman who made her life in India and went to jail for supporting India’s freedom struggle against a colonial power which happened to her mother country. As a student at Oxford in the 1930s, Freda broke social convention by marrying a handsome...

Jacqueline Bev Woodland – Women in Law – Winner

Women in Law - Winner Jacqueline Beverley Woodland!! Jacqueline is a trained soldier who served in the Guyana Defence Force from 1978 to 1984 as a PA to one of the female Commanding Officers. This is when Jacqueline first discovered her passion for the Legal field....

Jo Potts – Women in Fitness & Wellbeing – Winner

Fitness & Wellbeing - Winner Jo Potts!!! ‘True Serenity’ opened in 2009 with the goal of reaching as many people in Rochdale as possible, offering them opportunities and high quality information when it comes to Health and Wellbeing. Created through Jo’s own...

Siobhan Courtney – Women in Business – Winner

Women in Business - Winner Siobhan Courtney! Siobhan launched her business after recovering from osteosarcoma when she was pregnant with her first child. Being in the recruitment business for over 20 years, Siobhan has expanded her business ‘The Eventus Recruitment...

Paula Slater – SHEro Award – Inspire Winner 2019

SHEro Award - Winner Paula Slater!!! Paula set up the Katy Holmes trust to fund paediatric brain tumour research following the devastating loss of her ten year old daughter. She dedicated herself to raising money for the cause and held several events across the North...

Creating A Culture of Recognition

Inspire Awards shine a light on Champions of Change and unsung SHEros and Heroes in all sectors of community, enterprise and business. Now in the sixth year,  the awards celebrate the huge wealth of outstanding contributions that women are making to  Bolton and wider North West region and will be held at the Premier Suite of the University of Bolton Stadium on the 27th of June.




Our Judging PanelHighlights

 Inspire Dates for Your Diary  



 The 2020 Awards Launch

An opportunity to share our vision and ideas for The 2020 Awards, the #100Hours Impact and introduce our Ambassadors.



Judges Meet & Greet POSTPONED

Bringing the Finalists and the Inspire Judges together for a chat and a fantastic networking opportunity.



Inspire Awards 2020

The 2020 Inspire Awards will take place on the 27th of June, celebrating remarkable women of the North.

our patron

Baroness trish morris

The  Inspire Women Awards celebrate the huge wealth of outstanding contributions women have made to Bolton and wider NorthWest area.

Our Ambassadors

The role of Ambassador is vitally important to help raise awareness of the fantastic achievements of women and  to enable winners of these prestigious awards to grow and thrive. Ambassadors add value to our movement through personal involvement by contributing to conversations, making suggestions, offering ideas giving guidance and speaking in public if and when the occasion presents.
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Jackie Hyde

Jackie Hyde

Multi-award winning Director, Stanmore Insurance Ltd

Inspire Ambassador 

Edith Conn OBE DL JP

Edith Conn OBE DL JP

President, British Red Cross

Inspire Ambassador 

Sgt Amanda Edwards

Sgt Amanda Edwards

RAF, Engagement Team North

Inspire Ambassador

Lady Kishwar Desai

Lady Kishwar Desai

Chair, Art & Cultural Heritage Trust Author & Playwright

Inspire Ambassador

Social Impact

The Inspire Awards not only recognise the achievements of women in the community, but also enables award winners to grow and share their experiences with others in the community.

Each award winner will be expected to commit few hours of their time to one of the chosen charities, culminating in 100 hours of service to the region.

This additional aspect of the Awards maximises its inspiration and commitment to the community like no other Awards process.



Latest News & Posts

Here’s to women who are an inspiration everyday, who inspire us by their everyday acts of kindness, compassion and grit. Our SHEros 🙌 @TracyBoylin @LittleJanhere @edith_conn @Paula_Whylie @HomelessAid_UK @JulieHilling @NightsafeJan @rachelhunterx @MorrisofBolton @ShaunaM_BaH SheInsprAwrds photo

It’s important that we shine a light on an outstanding young people and their contributions in our communities, families and our lives. We endeavour to celebrate and highlight young women and their commitment to help others, excel and contribute. @BackupNW SheInsprAwrds photo

Happy birthday @SharonGoodwin17 #InspireFamily #InspireWinner2019 wish you many many more 🎉🌸
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Nigel McFarlane @NigelMcFarlane
Wishing a very Happy Birthday to the one and only @SharonGoodwin17. The backbone of our family, organiser supreme and love of my life who has taught me so much. We are all lucky to have her. 🎂🎉
Jon Gardner – Proud to be #HeForShe Judge

Jon Gardner – Proud to be #HeForShe Judge

Jon has been working in the storage industry for 7 years and is Regional Director for all SureStore facilities in the north of England. When SureStore opened the doors of their very first facility in 2018, Bolton was chosen as the perfect town to debut their new and exciting approach to secure, safe storage, offices, retail spaces and warehousing.

"The Inspire Awards provide an excellent opportunity to create a greater media for any business sponsor of the event, because it truly is an inspiring night in our calendar. The finalist for these excellent awards offer hope to our communities and are first-class role models for the younger generation or any female wanting to contribute more – and be remembered for it."

- Angela Kelly, Journalist and Columnist for The Bolton News

"It was a great surprise and honour when I was awarded the Business Woman of the Year Award. It was fantastic to win the award."

- Jackie Hyde, Director, Stanmore Insurance Ltd

"These awards have been set up to recognise and celebrate the extraordinary work of women in Bolton. It is especially rewarding when people come together for an evening like this. Judges have gone through lots and lots of entries that people have sent in and they’ve chosen winners to ensure the right people are recognised for the amazing work they do."

- Gordon Burns, Former BBC North West Tonight Presenter
and Compere of the 2017 Inspire Awards

"I really feel what Gulnaz is doing with the Inspire Awards is a fantastic thing because it is recognition where recognition is due."

- Dr Zubair Hanslot, Provost of University of Bolton

"It's a real pleasure for the Royal Air Force to be associated with these Awards. This is the first year that we had the opportunity to do so and we hope it will be a future that we embrace together."

- Sgt. Amanda Edwards, Royal Air Force

"These awards are the engine room of our town. Making a difference, making an impact, changing people’s lives."

- Phil Mason, Head of the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust

"I wanted to congratulate you on an absolutely wonderful night, It was excellent from start to finish and thoroughly enjoyable. Seeing the reaction on the winners faces was sop heart warming, especially our Jo who was so stunned she could not take it in!"

Glennyce Eckersley - Author

"It means so much to have won Bolton’s Woman of the Year 2017. I can’t believe it really. Bolton is such an extraordinary place and it’s an honour to be here in Bolton working with and for the people in this town because they’re amazing."

- Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director of Bolton’s Octagon Theatre

"I'm so proud to be involved with these awards. For me there is notihng better than seeing women recognised for their achievements. There is something special about women supporting women. Particularly in this day and age young women need mentors to look up to and apsire to be like and by holding these awards Gulnaz is creating much-needed mentors. My message to all involved is; 'keep being fabulous'."

- Suzy Orr, Founder of the Unique Ladies Network

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