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2011 Women Of The Future Awards


A host of talented and glamorous young women gathered in London last night (16 November) to celebrate the 2011 Women Of The Future Awards.

The annual event recognises the very best of up and coming female British talent in all areas - from science to the arts and business.

Stylist was lucky enough to the ceremony, alongside a string of famous names including Princess Anne and Cherie Blair, a long-time patron of the awards.

Other members of the esteemed crowd included Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan, TV presenter Dawn Porter and Miriam González Durántez, wife of deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

The overall atmosphere was one of support and solidarity, as guests gathered to see a group of inspiring young women honoured for their dedication, energy and innovation.

Among the winners was Hayley Gait-Golding , 29, who was named Entrepreneur of the Future for founding healthy snack company BEAR nibbles. Hayley sold her house to set up the brand, which is now successful on a national scale - just two years after launch.

Zoe Jackson, 22, was another winner. She scooped the Women of the Future award in Arts, Media and Culture (awarded last year to Stylist's editor Lisa Smosarski), after setting up her own youth-led performing arts company aged just 16.

Sally Martin, from event sponsors Shell Global Solutions, said: "The women recognised tonight are truly fabulous examples of hope and excellence, many of whom have knocked down doors and are now pioneers in their respective fields."

The awards were established by Pinky Lilani OBE and Caspian Media in 2006 to identify the next generation of British female talent. See a full list of winners, below.

2011 Women of the Future Awards - Winners

Entrepreneur of the Future: Hayley Gait-Golding, aged 29, founder of healthy snack company BEAR nibbles

Woman of the Future in Arts, Media and Culture: Zoe Jackson, aged 22, owns her own youth-led performing arts company

Business Woman of the Future: CJ Antal–Smith, aged 34, category director for ASDA

Professional Woman of the Future: Layla McCay, aged 30, Assistant Medical Director, BUPA

Woman of the Future in Public Service: Elizabeth Anderson, aged 26, Head of Foundation Affairs at The Aldridge Foundation

Woman of the Future in Science and Technology: Dr Kylie Vincent, aged 35, RCUK Fellow in Chemistry, University of Oxford

The MBA Star Award: Noa Epstein, aged 29, Consultant, Google (Cambridge Judge Business School)

Young Star Award: Shareen Khaliq, aged 19, from Mulberry School for Girls. Highly commended in this category was 18-year-old Hannah Blyth who discovered two new asteroids during a work experience placement

Mentor of the Year: Dr Jenny Higham, Director of Education, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College

Women of the Future Corporate Award: Sky

Pictures, above: 1. All the winners on-stage and 2. Princess Anne meeting winner Zoe Jackson



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