The winners of the 2006 mother@work Awards were announced at City Hall, London, on 15th June 06.
In this section:
Page 1 - The 2006 mother@work Award winners
Page 2 - Sarah Brown's message to delegates
Page 3 - mother@work Award Sponsors
Page 4 - the Judges
The 2006 mother@work Award Winners are as follows:
Best Work Life Balance Approach, Nominated by an Employee
Overall Winner: QED Business Systems
Liz Hannaby (left) nominated Len Sumner (centre) of QED Business Systems, for being understanding, flexible and supportive. Liz said: "Without the outstanding support of my company, I would not have been able to keep working full-time and it is job that I love. Thanks QED!!"
Presenting the award was Fiona Cannon, Deputy Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission.
Best Work Life Balance Approach, sponsored by first direct, Corporate Nomination
Overall Winner: DuPont
Diana Wolfin (right), mother@work Awards judge, author of 'Back To Work' and founder of Changing Direction, accepting the Award on DuPont's behalf from Kath Parrington, Head of Internal Communications at first direct.
Highly Commended: Brookfield Recruitment
Paul Moreton of Brookfield Recruitment receiving his award from Kath Parrington, Head of Internal Communications at first direct.
Paul commented: "The working mothers here are an integral part of our company - each came because we offered them the local flexibility they needed, but they have stayed because we let them use this company as they want to - as a vessel for them to achieve what they need to - and we get the loyalty back in spades".
Highly Commended: AstraZeneca
Jane Juniper, National Projects Leader, AstraZeneca (right) receiving the award from Kath Parrington, Head of Internal Communications at first direct.
The judges commented: "A large successful company like this can afford to put in place a number of strategies, which they appear to have done, providing extensive and helpful information to working parents".
Most Exceptional Working Mother: Carol Garrington
Carol Garrington pictured here (left) receiving her Award from Angela Mason (centre) Head of the Women and Equality Unit and Sarah Brown (right).
The award for the Most Exceptional Working Mother is an award that goes to an individual who has achieved personally or professionally against the odds. Carol has achieved all of this in the face of physical disability since birth which although she was told would severely inhibit her life, has only served to fuel her determination to succeed. She has two children, again against medical advice, and has also started her own successful company (Passionate Media), employing other working mothers, as well as setting up a networking group in Staffordshire, which she soon hopes to expand. She really is an inspiration.
To read more about the corporate entries for the mother@work awards, please visit www.motheratwork.co.uk/Business