Angela Kelly, Award-winning Journalist and Columnist at The Bolton News

Angela is an award-winning journalist with a long and successful career in the media. She has a wealth of experience gained on daily regional newspapers and magazines, and writes regularly for a variety of publications.

As a columnist for our local newspaper, The Bolton News, she has her finger firmly on the pulse of our thriving town. Her keen eye for a good story also makes her an ideal judge for the 2018 Inspire Awards.

Also a part-time lecturer in journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, Angela runs courses and seminars that help businesses, charities and other organisations deal with the media and improve their public profile. She is also an Honorary Life Member of the National Union of Journalists.

Cathy Savage, Sales and Marketing Manager of Market Place Bolton

Cathy is Sales and Marketing Director of Market Place Bolton, the award-winning shopping centre in the town centre that has recently had millions of pounds of investment to transform it.

Cathy is at the forefront of promoting the centre, which now boasts unique subterranean Vaults with bars, restaurants and an amazing children’s play area. A nine screen cinema also opened just over a year ago in the centre, which has won a string of industry awards in the past 18 months.

Cathy was advertising manager of The Bolton News for 20 years before becoming Bolton Town Centre Manager. After that she worked as a business development manager at several North West hotels before joining the Market Place in August 2016.

She was born, bred and lives in Bolton, is proud to call the town her home and is passionate about making the town centre a vibrant and welcoming place for people to visit for shopping, work and leisure.

Chef-Patron of Nick’s Restaurant, Bolton

Nicholas Cullen is the chef-patron of Nick’s Restaurant in Bolton, which he opened in 2001.

Nick is a huge advocate of supporting local businesses and always encourages more people to shop locally, try new things and prepare dishes that use fresh, seasonal produce.

By working with local suppliers, trades-people, charities and schools Nick tries to ensure that the Restaurant plays an important role in the community in which we live. Nick says, “I love Bolton and it’s really important to me to put something back into the community in which we live and work.’

Nick also works closely with Bolton College and offers apprenticeship and work placements to budding local chefs. For the past 4 years, Nick had written a weekly column in the Bolton News, sharing seasonal recipes with the Bolton readership. More recently, Nick has been involved with the Bolton Community Cookbook in aid of charity, which was launched at Bolton Food and Drink Festival in 2017.

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

Andrew is a Director of the £125M turnover, 400 people strong Nycomm group of companies headquartered in Manchester where he is responsible for solution sales and technical resources. The group includes Pennine a Unified and Radio Communications reseller, Rocom a communications solutions supplier to corporate customers, Videonations a specialist videoconferencing and AV supplier and Nimans, the largest independently owned technology distributor in the UK.

Educated in electronics and radio communications in the late 1970’s Andy joined Pennine Telecom straight from college and worked his way up through the company. In 2003 he led a management buyout of the company and built the group to become one of the most established, well respected and diverse telecoms companies in the UK. In 2016 the company was merged into the Nycomm Group. As a past City & Guilds student in 2011, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, he was awarded a highly-commended certificate for his contribution to the telecommunications industry by City and Guilds of London Institute President, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip. He is a fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Andrew is the President for Bury at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is the dynamic force as the Chair of Governors at Bolton College and also an Independent Governor of The University of Bolton.

He is also a Trustee of a Young Peoples Charity based close to his home in Rossendale which in 2014 won funding from Children in Need to provide a fulltime mentoring and young volunteer leader.

Claire Handby, Director for Deloitte

Claire is company director, 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.

Darren Knight, Chief Executive Officer of Bolton Community and Voluntary Services

Through his role as CEO of Bolton Community and Voluntary Services, Darren champions the drive for social action and positive change in our town.

He strives to strengthen the impact his organisation has on the lives of its beneficiaries by ensuring it successfully meets the needs of their communities. In his own words, “my full focus is on ensuring that we say what we mean and we do what we say.”

Darren, who was a manager at Shelter UK and head of policy and engagement at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation before taking up his current role in 2015, is staunchly proud of the “positive change that Bolton’s amazing voluntary and community sector achieves every single day,” making him inarguably another suitable appointment to our judging panel.

LAST year’s Inspire Awards ‘Woman of the Year’ Elizabeth Newman, the creative director of Bolton’s celebrated Octagon Theatre, is well placed to reflect on the importance of our event. Now on the judging panel for our 2018 ceremony, she tells us what the awards mean to her, who she hopes to recognise come May and why it’s important for Bolton to back our new-look awards.

IN the ten short years theatre director Elizabeth Newman has lived in Bolton, she’s achieved an extraordinary amount for one so young.

The 31-year-old has channelled her remarkable drive and determination to affect change in the town she now calls “one of the great loves of my life.” Since taking the helm of Bolton’s unique playhouse she has delivered acclaimed productions to sell-out crowds who revelled in her visions for To Kill a Mocking Bird and Singing in the Rain – both of which received Manchester Theatre Awards.
But she considers her work to engage the diverse community of Bolton in less conventional theatre work, ensuring her workplace is “there for every person in the town”, equal in success to those better known stage productions. It is that initiative for equality and accessibility that made her such a worthy winner of our most coveted honour last year.
Sitting in the round of ‘The Octagon’, she reflected on the importance she has come to place on the awards. “They are about women in the town being inspired to dedicate themselves to Bolton and its people,” she said.

“They encourage women to be as active as possible in their community, but also recognise the work done by women who try to make things better for their town and the people of that town. It is vital that we continue to celebrate these amazing women.”

Despite a busy calendar London-born Elizabeth didn’t hesitate in taking a role on the 2018 Inspire Awards judging panel, describing the task as “an absolute privilege.”

Asked how she’ll approach the responsibility, she explained: “I’m going to look for women who have used unorthodox mechanisms to support people, who haven’t necessarily followed the way others say it should be done but have found new and better ways to contribute. I also want to find women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, especially those who have gone unnoticed.”

She added: “I feel lucky to be able to read first hand all the great work being done by these amazing women in supporting their communities.”

Ms. Newman arrived at last year’s event expecting to give an award, not receive one. Her colleagues kept her true fate secret from her. And recalling the moment she was announced as ‘Woman of the Year’, she said: “I was in such a state of shock, I couldn’t really believe it. I’ve been in Bolton for ten years now, sort of plugging away, trying to do my best for the town. It was such a privilege to be even considered in that way. It made me stop to pause and think about all that had been done. It was an incredibly humbling moment.”

And now with greater insight and understanding of what it means to receive an Inspire Awards, her support for next year’s event is palpable.

In a clarion call to sponsors, she said: “Sponsors play an important part in encouraging women to carry on doing their great work. I think it’s important for businesses in Bolton to celebrate the great things that happen and get done in Bolton, and we need moments when we say, ‘look guys, we’re doing a good job, everyone is trying really hard for the town and it is working.’ The Inspire Awards do just that.”

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.

Suzy Orr is the Founder of the Unique Ladies Networking franchise which supports and encourages women to be the best they can in any business sector across the north west. The groups are currently up and running in Bolton, Preston, Manchester and Liverpool. Suzy has over 30 years experience in IT and Telecom industry. She became disenchanted with corporate life in a male dominated environment which led her to set up her Unique Ladies Network. Suzy is also co-owner of family business Windoworld in Chorley town centre. Last year she was voted “Networker of the Year” at the Liverpool Lifestyle Awards, and has also been nominated for 2018. Suzy actively helps fundraise and supports local charities.