We are extremely proud to present the incredible shortlist for the 2022 Great British Businesswoman Awards! 

Brought to you from the team behind the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, the Great British Businesswoman Series, is on a mission to bring together the best female business leaders and their advocates, to champion, celebrate and support the amazing women across the country who are changing the way that we live and work - for the better. 

Here at the Great British Businesswoman Series, we are on a mission to create a space where gender equality is the norm, where we can eradicate disparity, and inspire the next generation of women to do anything they want, and be confident enough to do so - and it’s businesses and women like the ones we have shortlisted this year that are helping us achieve this. 

The finalist for this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards are:

Banking & Finance Businesswoman of the Year

Chloe Mercer, Co-founder, Chief Platform Officer and Head of Investment Operations at Private Markets Alpha 

Dr Narisa Chauvidul-Aw, CEO & Founder of KogoPAY Group

Katharine Wooller, Managing Director at Dacxi

Liz Jackson MBE, Director of BCMS

Natasha Frangos, Partner, Head of Corporate at Haysmacintyre LLP

Palak Tewary, Associate Director of Price Mann

Rosie Lyon, Executive Assistant at Allied Irish Bank GB

Roxana Mohammadian-Molina, Chief Strategy Officer at Blend Network

Construction Businesswoman of the Year

Carol Massay, Head of Construction at Access Group

Gauri Talathi-Lamb, Co-Founder of Iolas Capital

Kelly Cartwright, Founder of Core Recruiter  

Leanne Coop, Director of The Tiny Housing Co

Louise Stewart, Founder & CEO of ProjectPay

Mandy St John Davey, Founder of Mandy St John Davey

Roni Savage, Founder & CEO of Jomas Associates

Sophia Graves, Graduate Site Manager at Real 

Consumer Goods Businesswoman of the Year

Amanda Mountain, Founder & Director of Lola Design

Bethan John, Co-founder of The British Blanket Company

Emma Macdonald, CEO & Co-founder of The Tartan Blanket Co

Emma Naumann, Head of Sales and Marketing of Cogito Talent  

Greta McDonald, Founder of Sweet Lounge

Martha Keith, Founder & CEO of Martha Brook 

Mellanie Lykourina Struthers, Co-founder & CEO of Draught Drop

Monika Ludwiczak, Director of Everlasting Brows

Creative Industries Businesswoman of the Year

Abigail Baldwin & Chloe Baldwin, Directors of Buttercrumble

Anna Kyriacou, Co-Founder & Director of The Zeros Art 

Claire Menzies, Chairwoman at Istoria Group

Debra Mayfield, Director of DML Marketing

Lucy McCarraher, Founder of Rethink Press 

Sedge Beswick, CEO of SEEN Connects

Shannon Jennings, Influencer Marketing at The Very Group

Priya Downes, Founder & CEO of Nudea

Engineering & Manufacturing Businesswoman of the Year

Beverley Gibbs, Chief Academic Officer at NMITE

Dr Zoe Tolkien, Director of Research and Innovation at Advanced Furnace Technology

Lana Harrison, Company Director of Exterior Solutions

Lara Edison, Batch & Furnace Supervisor at Encirc

Mandy Forster, Managing Director of AA Flags

Nathalie Sorde, Production Manager at CMR Surgical

Rachel Garrett, Managing Director of CMG Technologies

Samidha Anand, Engineering Manager at Caterpillar

Entrepreneurial Businesswoman of the Year

Abi Selby, Founder of Spabreaks

Alice Hall, Co-Founder & Creative Director of Rowen Homes

Anita Dougall, Chief Executive & Founding Partner of Sagacity Solutions

Emily Riddington, Associate Director of TechNET IT Recruitment

Emma Bardwell, Managing Director of Bardwood Support Services

Hannah Allen, Operations Director at Operatix

Lizzie Carter, Founder of Only Curls

Sharon Daly, Chief Commercial Officer of Venture Life Group Plc

Food & Drink Businesswoman of the Year

Ellie Webb, Founder of Caleño Drinks 

Hannah Williams, Chief Financial Officer of Tiny Rebel

Joyce De Hass & Raissa De Hass, Co-Founders of Double Dutch

Krisi Smith, Founder & Creative Director of Bird & Blend Tea Co.

Laura Belshaw, Head Of Business (North West) at Musclefood

Nirali Buch Mankodi, Co-founder of Superfoodio

Olivia Ferdi, Co-founder of TRIP

Shakshi Chhabra Mittal, Founder & CEO of FoodHak

Social Enterprise Businesswoman of the Year

Alison Delaney, Founder of Little Bird People Development 

Anisa Morridadi, Founder & Exec Chair of Beatfreeks

Emily Aklan, CEO of Serenity Welfare

Hannah Samano, Founder & CEO of Unfabled

Julie Hawker & Kate Doodson, CEOs of Cosmic

Marva Trenton, Managing Director of Lifelong Family Links

Melanie Vaxevanakis, Managing Director & Founder of The MAZI Project

Toni Horn, Founder & Director of Think Differently Coaching CIC

Technology Businesswoman of the Year

Charu Bjuvestig, Managing Director of QA Talent

Collette Allen, Chief Operating Officer of SmartSearch

Deepti Velury, Global COO of Tag Worldwide

Georgina Nelson, Founder & CEO of TruRating

Laura Hutton, Chief Customer Officer of Quantexa

Sarah-Jayne van Greune, Chief Operating Officer of Payen

Tanya Field, Co-Founder & CPO of Novatiq

Lesley Da Costa, Chief Operating Officer of Bendac

Telecoms Businesswoman of the Year

Amanda Jobbins, Marketing and Communications Director at Vodafone 

Beverley Brookes, Managing Director of Spoke Interactive

Claire Harvey MBE, Global Inclusion Lead at Vodafone

Gill Cooke, Propositions & Engagement Lead at Three UK

Jeanie York, Chief Technology Officer of Virgin Media O2

Nektaria Efthymiou, Principal, Network Strategy at BT

Rebecca Armstrong, Early Careers Manager at Talk Talk

Tejal Maniar, CEO of BT OnePhone

Transport & Logistics Businesswoman of the Year

Caroline Green MBE, Chief Executive of Pallet-Track 

Dawn Carney, Managing Director of Fresh Pastures UK & School Milk UK

Fiona Smith, Group Head of Aerodrome Strategy at AGS Airports 

Ginny Buckley, Founder & CEO of Electrifying

Katie McIntyre, Chief of Staff at Adverttu

Lorna McAtear, Head of Fleet at National Grid

Rachel Houghton, Managing Director of Business Moves Group

Sarah Taylor-Jones, Marketing Director of Evri

Nancy Hobhouse, Head of ESG at Evri

Utilities Businesswoman of the Year

Charlotte Swift, HR Business Partner at British Gas

Katie Jackson, Executive Vice president of Shell & Chair of POWERful Women

Jacqueline O’Donovan, Managing Director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal

Lisa Waterhouse, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at National Grid

Lynne Higgins, Head of Operations at Octopus Energy

Marianne Moberg, People & Culture Director of Utility Warehouse

Sharna Matson, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Cadent Gas

Vicky Kelsall, CEO of Scottish Power

Young Businesswoman of the Year

Chiara Macarti Speranza, Partner Development Manager at Google

Jade Cohen, Co-founder and CPO of Qualis Flow

Laura Cooper-Jackson, Director of Industrial Signs Group

Lissele Pratt, Co-founder of Capitalixe 

Lucie Rowley, ESG Reporting Manager at Evri

Megan Gamble, Founder of Hashtag Me

Millie Goodwin, Director of With Love Cosmetics

Natalie Porter, Director of Sales at Happy Plants

Nipuni Karunaratne, Managing Director of IVY TECH

Rachel Thomas, Operations Director of The THOMAS Recruitment Group

Rising Star Award

Giulia Pedretti, Owner and Director of Arteak 

Janani Prasad, Digital Transformation Manager of Minority Supplier Development UK

Joan Tolentino, Director of Infoteam International

Krystle McGilvery, Founder of Mind Over Money 

Lauren Williams, Head of Brand Partnerships at gemsatwork

Lisa Dukes, Director & Co-founder of Dukes & King

Louise Blissett, Management Consultant at Inception Consultants

Lucie Grech, Founder of The Laser Lounge Enterprise

Gamechanger in Sport Award

Charlene Gravesande, Assistant Producer at Sky UK

Jess Roper, Public speaker and kickboxing coach at I am Fighting Fit

Katie James, Founder & CEO of bsporty

Yvette Curtis, Founder & Director of Wave Wahines CIC

Team of the Year Award

Bendac Group


Independent Schools Examination Board

Lendology CIC

Mount Street

Noble Events




Your Space Property Group

Role Model of the Year Award

Claire Russell, CEO of Mental Health in Business

Emma-Jane Taylor-Moran, Founder and Senior Solicitor at Rebel Law 

Georgina Moseley, Founder of Help Harry Help Others Cancer Support Charity

Lucile Kamar, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at ITN

Mahira Kalim, Founder of Spruce 

Melyni Bronson, Chief Operating Officer of Masterclassing

Raquel Amador Quintanilla, VP Sales Operations at Bango

Sadie Restorick, Co-Founder of Wellity Global

Diversity Award

Carol Poloni, Global Creative Lead at OLIVER 

Charlene Brown, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Howlett Brown

Christopher Sumner-Smith, Marketing Manager at QA Talent

Jodie Greer, CEO & Founder of Be #PeopleSmart

Lucile Kamar, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at ITN

Nadia Edwards-Dashti, Chief Customer Officer of Harrington Starr

Nadine Campbell, Founder of ACE Entrepreneurs

Tasneem Bhopalwala, Global Diversity and Inclusion at Oxford University Press

Male Advocate of the Year Award

Chris Woodward, UK Chief Operating Officer at OLIVER

Conor Whelan, Chief Information Officer at Experian PLC

Daniele Fiandaca, Founder of Token Man Consulting

Ian Boyd, Executive Director of Trekstock

Lee Proctor-Wright, Talent Lead and OD Specialist at Encirc

Matthew Read, Co-Founder of Volume99

Richard Port MBE, Partner at George Green LLP

Seb York, Talent and Inclusion Manager at CatSci 

Simon Martin, Founder and Chief Executive of OLIVER

Female Ambassador of the Year

Angela De Souza, Founder & CEO of Women’s Business Club 

Beth Knight, Community Leader, Europe for Amazon

Chloe Foster, People Director at Valorum Care Group

Fran Pestana, Global Talent & Inclusion Lead at E.ON

Nikki Ross, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Partnership

Patricia Phillips, European Customer Care Operations Manager at Panasonic

Ruby Sweeney, Founder of The Events Hub

Tracey Secker, Enterprise Manager of The Haven Wolverhampton

A huge thank you to everyone who entered this year, we were blown away by all of the incredible women and the work they are doing to help inspire the next generation of women in business. We received a huge amount of entries so if you didn’t make it to this year’s shortlist be sure to keep your eyes peeled for upcoming information on next year’s awards. 

We look forward to seeing all of our shorting this November as we celebrate them and their achievements at an awards night set to inspire.  

For information on the upcoming event and how you can book your tickets click here!