Janet Street-Porter CBE announced as guest speaker at Women of Achievement Awards

The iconic writer, producer and television personality has been confirmed as this year’s guest speaker.

Janet Street-Porter CBE has been announced as the guest speaker of this year’s Women of Achievement Awards.

Organised by Women in Business Hull, the Women of Achievement Awards will take place on Friday 15 November from 12-5pm. The region’s biggest celebration of women in business, the unique awards champion the achievements of women who either run their own business or hold a leading role in their profession, industry, organisation or charity.

Known for her straight-talking and no-nonsense attitude, Janet Street-Porter’s vast career has spanned across print, radio and broadcast media for over five decades. A regular panellist on ITV1’s Loose Women, she has a regular column on the MailOnline and has written for newspapers and magazines from the Daily Mail to Vogue.

Caroline Neadley, chair of Women in Business Hull, said of the announcement: “We are so pleased to welcome Janet Street-Porter as our guest speaker at this year’s Women of Achievement Awards, sponsored by Wilkin Chapman solicitors.

“She is a brilliant example of how, with drive and determination, you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. One of the few women to edit a national newspaper – The Independent on Sunday – Janet has also written seven books as well as produce numerous television series from This is Your Life to Fantasy Football League and devised award-winning series for young people. We can’t wait to hear all about her experiences and insights.

“Janet is known for her opinions on every subject and I am sure she will be an entertaining speaker at the awards.”

The launch event for the awards took place last week (Thursday 30 May), during which this year’s chosen charity was announced as Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University.

Taking place at the Mecure Hotel in Willerby, it was attended by over 100 businesspeople from across the region. The event gave guests more information about the different categories available to enter, along with some advice as to what the judges are looking for in an award winner, the benefits of entering and how those interested can submit a nomination.

Women of Achievement Award compere, former ITV Calendar News senior reporter Fiona Dwyer, also spoke to 2022 overall winner Carol Ideson about how winning has impacted her life, encouraging ladies to step forward and apply.

Caroline continued: “We’re looking forward to reading all of the nominations about the inspirational businesswomen we have across the region. If you know someone that is deserving of one of our awards, don’t hesitate to nominate them, whether it’s a colleague, family member or friend.

“We’d also encourage women to nominate themselves. They deserve recognition and should shout about the amazing work they do in their industry!”

Categories for this year’s Women of Achievement Awards include:

  • New Business Award, sponsored by Sparq
  • Established Business Award, available to sponsor
  • Voluntary Award, sponsored by Jadan Press
  • Apprentice/Trainee Award, sponsored by Bishop Burton College
  • Women in STEM Award, sponsored by Ansell
  • Lifetime of Achievement Award, sponsored by The One Point
  • Female Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by Lexus Hull
  • Women Breaking Boundaries Award, sponsored by MKM Building Supplies
  • Employee of the Year Award, sponsored by Pace Communications
  • Overall Women of Achievement Award, sponsored by Smailes Goldie

Tickets for the Women of Achievement Awards sell out quickly, so those interested in attending are advised to book tickets sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

Those interested in submitting a nomination can download the application form from the Women in Business Hull website or email awards@womeninbusinesshull.co.uk for more information.

The Women of Achievement Awards take place on Friday 15 November from 12-5pm. Tickets cost £45 for Women in Business members, and £50 for non-members. Entries close on Tuesday 27 August. To book a ticket, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-of-achievement-awards-woaa-2024-tickets-915263968167.