Belinda Beaver, Vice President for Bolton at Greater Manchester’s Chamber of Commerce

Belinda is one of the biggest diving forces behind our town’s business success. In addition to representing Greater Manchester’s Chamber of Commerce in Bolton she is the director of Ag!tare, an independent management consultancy based in Horwich, and a volunteer for Business Growth Hub.

She combines 30 plus years of management experience with a passion for supporting new enterprise and uses all three roles to champion and mentor businesses across Bolton and the North West. Her drive to see local industry thrive and her hands-on approach to supporting companies has also seen her win a National Government Training Award.

More recently, as Learning & Organisational Development Director for Ag!tare, Belinda has joined with her company co-directors to launch a new digital platform to connect Greater Manchester businesses called

Dr Claire Handby is company director for Deloitte, for one of the world’s ‘big four’ professional services firms and drives performance, innovation and growth on large real estate and infrastructure projects.

As a chartered construction manager, she has worked on the Millennium Dome/02 Arena, the London Stadium and 2012 Olympic Park, Manchester’s Metro Link, the ‘Duke of York Army Barracks’ re-development in Chelsea (which gave London its first public square in 100 years) and more recently a regional growth strategy for the north’s HS2 rail project – among countless other metropolitan development projects around the world.

As an award-winning businesswoman, and a mother of three young daughters, with two decades of experience in an industry still regarded as a man’s domain she knows exactly what qualities women need to succeed in the world.

AMID the glitz and glamour of Bolton’s busy social calendar comes the area’s biggest, brightest and best event yet – a night of talent and achievement, contribution and revelation, as well as admiration and celebration.





Conceived to recognise a legion of exceptional ladies, the 2018 Inspire Awards will again shine a light on women’s accomplishments in the wider Bolton area during the past twelve months. But now in its fourth year, our distinguished event takes up a new residency in the esteemed surroundings of the Premier Suite in Whites Hotel at Bolton’s prized Macron Stadium.

Our popular awards ceremony also takes on an improved and expanded format, designed to highlight an abundance of contributions and achievements from all areas of our diverse and thriving community. Over the coming months, as we approach May 5th, organisers of the 2018 Inspire Awards will be uncovering extraordinary examples of courage, triumph, kindness, compassion, transformation, skill and success. Come the night of our awards we’ll deliver a ceremony that is positively bursting at the seams with stories about community champions, unsung heroes and women who have gone above and beyond in the course of their work, service and passions. And in the process we’ll bring together a community strengthened by diversity, understanding and pride.

A Night to Remember
On Saturday May 5th we’ll be welcoming guests on a plush red carpet from 6pm, before leading them into a sparkling banqueting suite to enjoy pre-event welcome drink and canapés. Our comperes will take to the stage at 7pm to begin our awards ceremony, which will be paused at intervals for the service of three exquisite courses from a carefully chosen menu. Following the crowning of our 2018 Inspire Awards Woman of The Year as the pinnacle of our event we will bridge formality and fun, ceremony and party, with an exciting prize draw. This special night will finish with music, celebration and dancing until our last guest leaves.

In a Place of Splendour
The illustrious setting of the Premier Suite at Whites Hotel in the Macron Stadium is an ideal place to recognise the huge wealth of outstanding contributions women have made to the wider Bolton community. Our dazzling new ceremony format will be perfectly at home in the impressive space provided by this exquisite banqueting suite. With a private grand entrance, welcoming reception area, spellbinding stage and big screen technology as well as a stylish mezzanine floor that will become our VIP area, the Premier Suite gives us the chance to host a unique event that will last long in the memories of more than 400 guests who attend the 2018 Inspire Awards.

With People to Savour
The 2018 Inspire Awards will play host to industry and business chiefs, community leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, celebrities and other well-known figures from the Bolton area’s private, public and voluntary sectors. We’ll welcome Bolton’s most influential and instrumental organisations including Bolton at Home, the University of Bolton, Manchester City Council, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, Bolton Interfaith Council and The Bolton News.
Awards will be presented to exceptionally deserving women by prominent figures including our sponsors, who will of course bring their guests to enjoy the unique celebratory atmosphere of the Inspire Awards.

And Awards to Treasure
Our improved awards programme has seen a few changes made to the honours bestowed on the wonderful women of Bolton. New categories have been put together to ensure our event recognises women from all walks of life in the town, so no woman’s impact is overlooked. And it has also been designed to ensure Bolton’s organisations can identify valuable sponsorship opportunities that are aligned with the purpose and principles of their work, so each winner walks away with a truly beautiful, meaningful and treasured award. We hope you will find categories and awards that resonate with your desire to support your local community through the 2018 Inspire Awards.

Bill Webster, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of Bolton

Bill is Assistant Vice Chancellor and Deputy to the Vice Chancellor at the University of Bolton and charged with overseeing its institutional advancement, business development, and student recruitment and student employability programs. He was also recently appointed as the Interim Principal of Bolton College in a role to run from 1st December 2017 to 31st August 2018.
A qualified marketer with more than 25 years’ experience in senior management within education and business, he has previously held roles as company director in an education and training consultancy and is an expert in implementing corporate social responsibility strategies.
Seconded to Bury College in July 2016 to support its Principal, he was instrumental in its successful merger with the University of Bolton.


John Lord OBE, CEO of Bolton At Home

During a long and successful career dedicated to the housing sector, Jon has contributed to Bolton in numerous valuable roles during the past three decades.

He has been a Chief Officer at Bolton Council, Chair of the Greater Manchester Consortium for refugees and asylum seekers and performed a joint role linking the Local Authority, the Strategic Housing Partnership and their ALMO (Arm’s Length Management Organisation), Bolton At Home.

Awarded his OBE for services to housing in 2007, today he is the Chief Executive of Bolton At Home, having overseen its transition from ALMO to a registered housing provider and charity that offers a wide range of housing and community based services across neighbourhoods in Bolton and champions the development of affordable housing.


Passionate and committed Maura temporarily lived like a ‘homeless young person’ to fully understand the challenges and issues of homelessness.

Maura is director of Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme (BYPHS), a registered charity that provides temporary supported accommodation for people aged 16-25 in the Bolton area, including some with mental health and substance abuse issues.

As well as providing accommodation the scheme supports young people who are homeless by providing emotional support and practical help, with the aim of enabling them to live independently. Last year Maura undertook a challenge to live for five days as a ‘homeless young person’ to see for herself what it was like to live on benefits.

Rebecca Evans, who nominated Maura, believes that the BYPHS has developed greatly since Maura became director, with the service reaching more young people than it ever has, and that she has been an inspirational leader.

Maura said that it was humbling to be nominated for an award, but nice to be recognised for doing something that she loves. She believes it is really important for young people to have good role models, not least because it can help them see past unrealistic expectations sometimes projected in the media and to recognise their real strengths.

Gemma seeks to educate people on the subject of consent, sex crimes and sexual exploitation.

Young mother Gemma Aitchison, founded Yes Matters, a community group that seeks to educate people on the subject of consent, sex crimes and sexual exploitation. She founded the group after her younger sister was brutally murdered in Blackpool at the age of 16.
The campaign group aims to tackle the lack of knowledge of consent, effects of sexual objectification and damage of gender stereotypes through education.

She said that she was surprised to be nominated but pleased that there is such an award, as women working for the benefit of their communities can often be taken for granted. She believes that it is very important for young people of both sexes to have good role models and recognise that success can be seen as what you do for others rather than yourself.
Gemma’s message to other women with regard to the award is that it is good to be celebrating the work that many undertake voluntarily to help their communities as their efforts can often be very inspirational to others.

Dani believes in the benefits of creative and social activities to make positive differences in lives of people at the risk of social isolation.

Artist Dani Gaines has worked with voluntary groups throughout the Bolton area, using art as a confidence building activity. Several groups have been set up to help address the issue of social isolation and help people become involved in social groups and projects One group Dani worked with, through Bolton at Home, was Highfield House, a sheltered housing site in Farnworth. Over several weeks, a number of elderly residents worked with her to create colourful and personal artworks on the theme of memories of love and feelings. The resident thoroughly enjoyed it and Dani believes that it demonstrated the benefits of creative, social activities for people at risk of social isolation. ”It can make a very positive difference to their well-being”.

Dani graduated with a BA (Hons) in Embroidery and later studied for an MA in Design Management. Graduation from this course then led to a career in training and coaching, in which she explored the practices and processes of ‘making change happen’ in an effective and positive way, and learning how individuals and organisations can ensure success.

Dani feels honoured to be nominated. She saw the WiN awards book last year and is pleased to have been nominated this year by the people that she works with.

Nearly three decades of promoting the cause of education and still going, Sajida is busy delivering free Maths classes in local mosque.

Sajida Hussein came to the UK from Pakistan 28 years ago to join her husband. Today, Sajida is a successful Maths HoD in local Muslim girls school- BMGS. She is also the School Staff Governor and teacher’s union representative.

When Sajida came to the UK, she was a qualified science teacher and after having children she wanted to get back into a working environment and started doing community work after someone suggested to her that she could complete a course enabling her to teach English to speakers of other languages.

After completing the course she began teaching basic English and also life skills to help people arriving in the UK to adjust to their new environment and grow in confidence and more able to integrate. Once her children were older she completed a formal TESOL course and taught English at Bolton College for a year. After that she went into language support teaching in schools and then completed an honours degree in mathematics and also gained a postgraduate diploma. She now teaches at Bolton Muslim Girls School and also does volunteer work, teaching maths and English in Bolton’s mosques.

Sajida was surprised but very happy to be nominated for an award and feels that it can send a message to others that voluntary work for the community can be appreciated. She feels that more Pakistani women should become involved in community work in order to help young people and to provide them with good role models to look up to and emulate.

Mother of all refugees’ Katy helps teach new arrivals the basics of living in the UK, helping them integrate into their new community.

Katy is a very passionate and dedicated person who will go above and beyond every time and for every one. She has organised a training sessions around gangs and trafficking as this is an issue becoming more prevalent across Bolton. Katy is a great connector, holds people and agencies to account and helps people to achieve their best.

Katy attended Bolton Art College and gained a diploma in British retail display and design and worked as a window dresser for a short time and loved the artistic creativity. She later trained as a teachers and taught in very ethnically diverse and culturally rich schools.

Katy spent a month visiting friends in Pakistan. It helped her to understand Pakistani culture and why grammatical differences in the language make it difficult for some to learn English. Back in England Katy became involved in the Language for Achievement Project, which later became BEMAS (Bolton Ethnic Minority Achievement Service).

In 1999, during the Yugoslav ethnic conflicts, Bolton took ‘half a planeload’ of Kosovars and Katy became involved in helping them. She soon realised that early support on arrival seemed to improve the level of success for arriving immigrants and refugees. For that reason she helped to set up a short-stay school to help them acclimatize quickly. Katy now works with adults, via Bolton at Home, helping teach new arrivals the basics of living in the UK, and helping them integrate more rapidly into their new community.