Winners of the 2015 Awards

Overall Woman of Achievement & Young Achiever 2015: Saliha Rashid

Saliha is registered blind since birth, she left home towards the end of her first year at university and moved into university accommodation. She campaigns at a national level, speaking at the House of Lords and was featured on a BBC Radio 4 programme. Not only have her campaigning efforts been inspirational, but she has also graduated with first class honours in Psychology from Leeds Trinity University. She has aspirations to become a barrister in the field of criminal and human rights law.

Category winners

Yorkshire Rose Award: Sally Wainwright

At the 2015 event our Yorkshire Rose Award was presented to Sally Wainwright, a much loved British BAFTA winning television writer and playwright, who has captured the nation with the dark, compulsive Happy Valley and the hugely successful Last Tango in Halifax.

Woman of Achievement in Business: Judy Bell

30 years ago Judy spotted a gap in the market to the increasing number of people being diagnosed with bovine milk intolerances and decided to produce ewes’ cheese. Her business has won numerous awards and her success is due to sheer hard work and always believing in her products, her business and the people she works with.

Woman of Achievement in Education: Lucy Bailey

Lucy is tirelessly campaigning to provide better support for students struggling with mental health issues and to de-stigmatise and raise the profile of all students affected by mental health issues at University of Leeds. She has launched the ‘Time for Change’ campaign on campus, a national campaign working to change the way mental health issues are perceived.

Woman of Achievement in Sport: Sarah Speers

Sarah is Development Coach for Synchronised Swimming with Leeds City School. Sarah’s role involves building on swimmers’ potential to help them to achieve their best and to reap medal rewards at regional, national and international level. She has several swimmers within the England Talent programme from the City of Leeds that she has taken through from their first novice days to their current achievements – one of whom is swimming for England in June in the first European Games at Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage: Charlotte Newman

Charlotte is a teenage cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer of the bone and soft tissue. She went through 16 gruelling cycles of chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumour, high-dose chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and six weeks of radiotherapy. In the face of such adversity she excelled at university, graduating with a first class honours degree.

The Community Impact Award: Liz Barker

Liz is the proprietor of the Worth and Aire Valley community magazines, distributed to 20,000 homes for free. Her contribution to the local community is remarkable, acting as a catalyst of energy and vision to bring together local businesses, community groups and fundraisers. Liz has been central to building a community spirit of enterprise, collaboration and cohesion which is so critical in keeping our rural villages alive, vibrant and relevant to all.