WBC Awards 2017


‘Starting Out’

Winner: Dawn Bonfield MBE, Founder and Director of Towards Vision

Towards Vision is a company which aims to work towards a vision of diversity and inclusion in engineering. Dawn is developing a University undergraduate module on Inclusive Engineering to equip our next generation of engineers with the skills and competencies they need to be inclusive. She is passionate about the promotion of gender and other diversity in engineering, and is leading a WBC project to reach students and parents and encourage girls to continue in STEM careers.

‘Getting On’

Winner: Jenny Junnier, Chair, AXIS Network Committee

Jenny chairs a not-for-profit members’ network, focused on increasing gender balance in the Aberdeen energy industry. The network strives to promote the importance of gender diversity in the workplace, inspire industry leaders and organisations to collaborate and make Aberdeen a place of sustainable employment, rich with potential for the future generations. The network recently completed a pilot mentoring programme and are expanding it during 2017, as well as launching an initiative to show case role models in the industry.

‘Staying On’

Winners: Shaun Meekins and Tracy Longhurst, Barclays

Shaun and Tracy were the lead coordinators for managing the collation, compliance and facilitation for the Women’s Business Council Staying On toolkit ‘The Age of Success’. This fantastic resource celebrates the benefits of age diversity in the workplace, and sets out practical ways for supporting older female workers. It includes inspiring case studies covering a range of initiatives to support older workers.


Winners: Maxine Benson MBE and Karen Gill MBE, Founders of Everywoman

Karen and Max founded Everywoman 15 years ago, recognising the need to change the landscape for women in business. By setting up a forum for like-minded women to share experiences, opportunities and ideas, they provided a backdrop that enabled confidence and success to grow.  It was through the relationships forged within this community that Everywoman was born and it is these diverse communities that continue to be the backbone of the organisation today. It is the 15th Anniversary of their Everywoman Entrepreneur Awards highlighting both up and coming businesses as well as major success stories.

‘Men as Change Agents’

Winner: Mark Wilson, CEO, Aviva

Mark is a champion for sustainable business and is a key commentator on the role of business in society. He is a strong supporter of women in the workplace, and was the first FTSE CEO to sign up to the Executive Committee commitment outlined by the 30% Club to commit to 30% of Executives to be women by 2020. He encourages others to champion gender equality in the workplace and has spoken publicly on the issue.