Professor Hainsworth wins award recognising Midland business women

Professor Sarah Hainsworth (pictured second from the right)

Professor Sarah Hainsworth has been recognised for her contribution to the business sector in the Midlands after being announced as one of the winners of the Midlands Awards of the prestigious Forward Ladies National Awards & Summit for 2019.

Sarah is pro-vice-chancellor and executive dean in the school of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University and is a professor of Materials and Forensic Engineering. Her research interests and areas of expertise are in forensic engineering related to stabbing and dismemberment and also materials characterization. Sarah was part of the research team who investigated the remains of Richard III.

Professor Hainsworth, Aston University said: "I was honoured to attend the Forward Ladies awards dinner and meet so many inspirational women leaders and entrepeneurs. I was absolutely delighted to be regional winner of the Public/Academia/Not for Profit award."

The awards are hosted by Forward Ladies, one of the country’s leading organisations for the promotion of gender diversity and equality in business.

It has run its award programmes for over ten years and the event has become one of the most respected accolades for women by recognising their enormous contribution to the business sector and the positive impact they make on the economy.

Forward Ladies CEO Griselda Togobo said: “It is  over a 100 years since women first got the right to vote in the UK, but gender equality remains elusive. Whilst we have clearly made progress over the years, our mission to achieve equality and bring diversity to leadership roles is not yet complete.

“That said, this has been another fantastic year for women and that should be celebrated, and through our National Awards we are once again delighted to showcase the very best women in business here in the UK.

“The calibre of entries has been increasing year on year, and our regional shortlists are the everyday heroines, trailblazers and role models who have succeeded despite enormous challenges. They deserve recognition.”

“Each year we are inspired by the number of high-calibre entries, and this year has highlighted the exceptionally talented businesswomen we have in the UK. These entrants are the future entrepreneurs of our country and play a critical role in our economy.”

The nine category winners will now take part in a judging day in Sheffield in November, at the Grant Thornton offices, before a distinguished panel of business leaders, where they will join finalists from regional events. The overall national winner will be announced at the Grand Final to be held in Leeds on the 29th November.

The keynote speaker at the London and the Midlands Awards was Arti Halai, Arti is an experienced television presenter, reporter and producer . She is also a media consultant and trainer both in the UK and abroad.

She has set up a number of successful businesses including a PR agency, creative design agency, consultancy and training business, to help businesses grow through the power of communications.  

The Awards are supported by National Sponsors LNER and tastecard. Regional sponsors include Grant Thornton, Envirovent, Durham University Business School, Institute of Directors, LCF Law, Real World Group, BASF, Cohorted.

Supporting partners are: PNE Group, Topic UK, Yorkshire Life, City & Financial Global, Ilkley Literature Festival and Yorkshire Post.

This is the second year that Forward Ladies is also supporting the Young Women's Trust, an incredible charity that supports young women aged 18-30, especially those struggling to live on low or no pay to find work that is right for them.



About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.


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