Cornwall Women of Achievement Awards 2007
second Cornwall Women of Achievements Awards ceremony has
taken place at the Eden Project and was a great success.
The glittering gala ceremony, organised by Ashley Events,
was the culmination of this year's campaign to find
Cornwall's women who have made a real difference to
There were an excellent number of entries for the eight categories
of agriculture, food and fishing, business, community and
public service, culture, arts and media, education and training,
environment and sustainability, leisure and tourism and young
woman. And in the awards Objective One played a significant
role, not least being Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective
One Partnership, as one of the judges.
She said: "The task of judging was, for the second
year running, extremely difficult because of the high standard
of the nominees. These high profile awards highlight the key
role that women play in every level of our society and in
the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
"Objective One has invested in several projects
to support women in business and into the workplace. Some
of this year's nominees and winners have benefited from
Other judges were Lady Mary Holborow, Lord Lieutenant of
Cornwall and chair of the judging panel; Peter Hodgson, a
partner in Hodgson's Chartered Accountants; Daphne Skinnard,
acting managing editor of Radio Cornwall and Simon Abel, a
partner at Ashley Events.
The overall winner was 20-year-old Jen Lawry, who works tirelessly
to improve the lives and prospects of the teenagers who live
in West Cornwall. Her inspirational role as a youth leader
with the Three Villages Project won Jen the top Cornwall Woman
of Achievement award as well as the Young Woman of Achievement
Jen, who lives in Newlyn, left Mounts Bay School in Penzance
four years ago and went to study tourism at Penwith College.
She also became involved with the Three Villages Project,
set up by Newlyn Methodist Church and Paul Parish Church,
which aims to help young people in the two communities as
well as in the village of Mousehole.
When she left college, Ms Lawry became a full-time volunteer
and is now employed part-time at the project.
Allyson Glover, who is project manager for the Objective
One graduate placement scheme Unlocking Cornish Potential,
won the Business Award sponsored by Business Link Devon and
Cornwall. Allyson, who grew up in Cornwall and now lives with
her family in Falmouth, won the award in recognition of the
commitment and dedication she has shown in making the UCP
scheme an outstanding success for businesses and graduates
right across Cornwall.
Unlocking Cornish Potential is one of the highly successful
Combined Universities in Cornwall initiatives, run by Cornwall
College, which places graduates with businesses. Those graduates
and the businesses are offered support for up to one year.
The UCP team, led by Allyson, specialise in identifying graduates
with appropriate skills to work on specific projects within
local businesses. The scheme not only contributes towards
the graduates' salaries but also arranges academic mentors
to provide advice and support.
The UCP scheme has grown in recognition in the local business
community. 143 placements have already been completed to date
with an impressive 72% of graduates being offered full time
employment at the end of their projects. Around 50 more placements
are still on-going and demand to take part in the scheme continues
Allyson commented on her award, saying "It is really
rewarding to know you can make a difference and I have to
thank my team for their constant support and skill in making
that possible. I was really honoured to have the chance to
attend the event and celebrate all the fantastic work
that is improving lives in so many ways throughout our region."
Sally Lugg, of Primrose Herd, won the Agriculture, Food and
Fishing Award. Primrose Herd has received Objective One investment
via Taste of the West, a gateway fund which offers marketing
Sally, who lives near Redruth, has been breeding pedigree
pigs for over 11 years and has been gradually building her
business of selling premium pork since she left NatWest Bank
where she was a personal banking manager in 2000 after the
birth of her third child. Since that time her business has
expanded from two sows to 17 and she now has approximately
175 pigs at any one time.
has received many awards for both showing live pigs nationally
and for her produce- gold awards for bacon, Cornish hogs pudding
and sausages, featured in many national publications and has
expanded her wholesale business and mail order. Primrose Herd
has also been chosen by Fifteen Cornwall as one of their preferred
suppliers and currently use Sally's sausages, bacon, hogs
pudding, middles and shoulders.
Sally has helped put Cornish produce on the map including
supporting Lostwithiel farmers market since its beginning.
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