How awards can shine a light on under-the-radar female leaders

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Female business leaders have operated “under the radar” for too long, says Teesside University’s former winner Professor Jane Turner – but she believes the Tees Businesswomen Awards are helping to change all that.

For a third year in succession, Teesside University is proud to be sponsoring the Tees Businesswomen Awards.

This year the organisation has chosen the Business of the Year category and are in full support of the event which will be streamed lived on January 14 2021.

“As an organisation, we are an active voice in driving for greater gender balance, diversity and equality in the region,” said Jane Turner OBE, professor of enterprise and pro-vice chancellor for the university, pictured above with Martin Walker (left) and Dave Allan at the 2019 Tees Businesswomen Awards.

“The Tees Businesswomen Awards shine a significant light on this hugely important agenda, so Teesside University is delighted to once again be a sponsor.”

Jane, who received an Outstanding Contribution Award at last year’s event, believes that this year’s event is possibly more essential than ever.

“It’s vital that we continue to raise the profile and impact of leaders across our region, particularly our female leaders, who have tended to operate under the radar for far too long,” she said.

“However, the importance of the awards has become even more evident. Data suggests that the situation we currently find ourselves in will have a particularly negative impact upon young women.

“So there is an ever-greater impetus to collectively champion and drive for brighter futures for the girls and women of our region.

“We need increasing awareness of and access to positive role models, mentors and men and women who value the futures of our young people.”

Encouraging other women to enter the awards is a perfect opportunity to increase this awareness, according to Jane.

“Over the last two years, the awards have provided an opportunity to discover and celebrate businesses and talented women from across the region and a vibrant community is developing, but we need to see more examples of businesses and women who are trailblazing, pushing boundaries and changing people’s lives.

“The more nominations submitted, the greater the community becomes and that will drive real change.”

For further information on sponsoring the remaining category (Charity/Voluntary) in the Tees Businesswomen Awards 2020, contact Chris Garbutt on 01642 450255 or email

To find out more about how to enter the awards or to nominate someone else, click here.