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Senior rail figures make shortlist for 2014 Shine Awards

Several senior names from the rail industry have made it onto the Women 1st shortlist for its 2014 Shine Awards, which celebrate the achievements of women working in the passenger transport, hospitality, travel, tourism and retail industries.

Shortlisted individuals include Karen Boswell, managing director for East Coast Main Line Company Ltd (pictured above with transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin), and Norma Unwin, route operations manager at First Capital Connect for FirstGroup, both of whom are in the running for the ‘Woman of the Year’ Award.

Alexandra Flinton, materials manager for East Coast Main Line Company Ltd, is a finalist for the ‘Rising Star’ Award.

Simone Roche, director of Women 1st, said she was thrilled with the volume and calibre of nominations for this year’s awards.

She said: “It’s fantastic to read so many inspiring stories of women achieving great things in our industries. Women are still underrepresented in the rail sector, so celebrating and sharing these stories is incredibly important to create strong role models for our future female leaders. It’s going to be a tough job to pick the winners!”

The winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner hosted by former England rugby star, Matt Dawson MBE, on 16 September 2014 at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square. The awards evening will also see Women 1st inducting 10 new members into its Top 100 Club – a network of the most influential women in the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries.


The full shortlist for the 2014 Women 1st Shine Awards is as follows:

Individual awards:

Rising Star Award

  • Graziela Bittencourt – banqueting manager, London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
  • Alexandra Flinton – materials manager, East Coast Main Line  Company Ltd
  • Linzi Martin – district operations manager, William Hill
  • Louisa May Matthews – junior sous chef, Sodexo
  • Janie Stamford – foodservice editor, The Caterer

Stepping Up Award

  • Catherine Barras – operations manager, BaxterStorey
  • Jo Dowell – director of human resources, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
  • Katy Green – operations manager, Premier Inn London Kings Cross/St. Pancras
  • Janine Marshall – executive assistant director, One Aldwych
  • Claire Maynard – retail business manager, Mitchells & Butlers

Mentor of the Year Award

  • Stephanie Hamilton – executive operations director, ISS Food and Hospitality
  • Jeanette Pritchard – founder and chair, Brand Amplifier
  • Jayne Rees-Baynes – proprietor, Elm Grove Country House

Outstanding Entrepreneur Award

  • Sally Fielding – owner, Sally’s Cottages
  • Kim Kaewkraikhot – owner/Chef Director, Thai Leisure Group
  • Kirstie Loveday – managing director, Love Drinks
  • Julianne Ponan – director, CEO, Creative Nature

Woman of the Year

  • Karen Boswell – managing director, East Coast Main Line Company Ltd
  • Stephanie Hamilton – executive operations Director, ISS Food & Hospitality
  • Louise Smalley – group human resources director, Whitbread
  • Alison Tyler – CEO – commercial, CH& Co
  • Norma Unwin – route operations manager – First Capital Connect, FirstGroup

Lifetime Achievement

  • Sandie Dawe MBE – chief executive, VisitBritain 
  • Susan Gomes – head of HR Shared Services, Whitbread
  • Avril Owton MBE – owner, The Cloud Hotel

Business awards:

Small Business

  • Affordable Car Hire
  • Debbee Dale Development
  • Sally’s Cottages
  • Zibrant

Large Business

  • Accor Hotels
  • HIT Training
  • Merlin Entertainments

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