Stephanie Wray, Managing Director of Hyder Environment, has been shortlisted in the prestigious First Women Awards in the Science and Technology category.
Now in their sixth year, the First Women Awards - supported by the CBI and with Sarah Brown as patron - recognise women at the top of their professions, leading the way for the next generation.
To be considered for the awards, Stephanie was required to submit a detailed citation covering her professional journey to the position she is in today. This outlined her continued success throughout her career, founding Cresswell Associates with Warren Cresswell in 1995, setting best practice standards and using her research to deliver tailored advice to clients. In addition she has advised on a great number of controversial projects including the UK’s first toll motorway, decommissioning of nuclear power plants and new towns. She has consistently brokered genuine win-win outcomes for developer clients, enabling them to meet their objectives sustainably.
After joining Hyder in 2006, Stephanie was appointed Area Director in 2007 - the first female to be reach this position in the company’s history - and in 2008 was appointed as Global Leader for Environment and a member of the Hyder’s Professional Board. She also takes UK board responsibility for marketing and communications and for corporate responsibility.
Stephanie finds herself in good company on this year’s shortlists which include White Stuff CEO Sally Bailey, BSkyB’s head of drama Elaine Pyke, the only female cutter on Savile Row - Gieves & Hawkes’ Kathryn Sargent and investigative journalist Heather Brooke. Other contenders include Transport for London managing director Michele Dix and Olympic Delivery Authority’s head of equality and inclusion, Loraine Martins.
On receiving her invitation to meet the judging panel she commented “The First Women Awards are an important celebration of achievement across all spheres of business and to be counted among a shortlist of such inspirational women is a terrific honour”.
Over the years the awards have brought to light some incredible success stories from business women who have demonstrated outstanding determination, resilience and leadership. First Women Awards have been presented to fashion designer Nicole Farhi CBE, economist and journalist Baroness Sarah Hogg and philanthropeneur Ann Gloag OBE.
They have also celebrated unsung heroines of British public life and business, including Julie Spence - chief constable of Cambridge Constabulary, Rosalind Murray - the most senior woman in the UK submarine industry and Perween Warsi - director of S&A Foods, now a major Indian food supplier to some of the UK’s largest grocery retailers.
The awards ceremony takes place on 23rd June at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square.
Read more about the awards and view the full shortlists at http://fwa.realbusiness.co.uk/