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Jill Stein wins lifetime achievement trophy at Women 1st's Shine Awards

Jill Stein wins lifetime achievement trophy at Women 1st's Shine Awards

The industry's most influential women were celebrated last night at the Shine Awards, which recognise women's achievements in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors.

Jill Stein, director of the Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall, was honoured with the lifetime achievement award at a ceremony held at London's Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge.

Stein opened the restaurant with her business partner and now ex-husband, Rick Stein, in 1975 and together they created a flourishing empire comprising six restaurants, a pub, cookery school, 40 bedrooms, four shops and mail order department. While her ex-husband's name is known worldwide, the award recognised the hard work that Stein put in behind the scenes to drive the company from the beginning.

Meanwhile, Emily Perry, marketing manager at hospitality training firm Learnpurple, won the rising star award. Since joining the business in January 2011, Perry has been credited with the transformation of the organisation, helping to deliver £75,000 of new business.

Businesses recognised for their involvement of women were HTP Training, which won the small business award, and Merseytravel, which was handed the large business award.

The event also saw 16 new inductees into the Women 1st Top 100 Club of the most influential women in the industry.

Sharon Glancy, founder of Women 1st, said the quality of this year's nominations was remarkable, adding: "Our winners, and the extraordinary women in our Top 100 Club, are a critical force which will play no small role in ensuring the future success of the industry."

Women 1st is the brainchild of People 1st, the Sector Skills Council for hospitality, leisure, passenger transport, travel and tourism. Since its inception in 2009, Women 1st has supported more than 800 women through dedicated training, mentoring and thought leadership programmes.


SHINE AWARD RESULTS IN FULL

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Jill Stein, director, the Seafood Restaurant (winner)
Penelope, Viscountess Cobham, chair, VisitEngland
Jackie Cupper, operations director, Spirit Pub Company
Avril Owton MBE, owner, the Cloud hotel
Tanya Wheway, chairman, Wheway Lifestyle International

â- OUTSTANDING ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Freda Newton, managing director, Jacobite Cruises (winner)
Helen Dhaliwal, director, Red Hot World Buffet and Bar (commended)
Rachael Fidler, managing director, HTP Training
Kate Martin, managing partner, Brookwood Partnership
Carolyne Vale, joint managing director and co-founder, Wilson Vale

â- RISING STAR AWARD
Emily Perry, marketing manager, Learnpurple (winner)
Caroline Harris, marketing director - Costa Enterprises, Costa Coffee
Claire Jones, first office, FlyBe
Cassandra Leicester, assembly and manufacturing leadership development scheme trainee, Rolls-Royce
Lisa Mullaney, assistant general manager, Dishoom

â- MENTOR OF THE YEAR
Pippa Isbell, chief executive, PRCo (winner)
Liz Chandler, director - corporate development, Merseytravel (commended)
Alessandra Alonso, independent management consultant and coach mentor
Paula Rogers, managing director, Admiral Recruitment

â- SMALL BUSINESS AWARD
HTP Training (winner)
Affordable Car Hire
Custard Communications
Farmstay UK
Partners in Solutions

â- LARGE BUSINESS AWARD
Merseytravel (winner)
Merlin Entertainments Group

â- WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Carolyn McCall OBE, chief executive, EasyJet (winner)
Zoe Jenkins, general manager, Coworth Park
Jill McDonald, chief executive officer, McDonald's UK and president Northern Division
Carolyne Vale, joint managing director and co-founder, Wilson Vale
Angela Vickers, managing director, Apex Hotels


The 2012 inductees from the hospitality industry into the Top 100 Club are:

â- Alison Gilbert, human resources director, CH&Co
â- Caroline Walters, head of corporate affairs, JD Wetherspoon
â- Clair Preston-Beer, individual franchise director, Costa Coffee
â- Claire Sullivan, category marketing director, Unilever Food Solutions
â- Debbie White, chief executive UK and Ireland, Sodexo
â- Debrah Dhugga, general manager, Dukes St James London
â- Elaine Higginson, managing director, United Coffee
â- Helen Jones, managing director, Zizzi
â- Jackie Cupper, operations director, Spirit Group
â- Jan Matthews, head of catering, cleaning and waste services London 2012, LOCOG
â- Janis Kong OBE, non-executive director, Network Rail, TUI, and VisitBritain
â- Julie Barker, managing director, The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO)/Head of Residential and Catering Services, University of Brighton
â- Kellie Rixon, group brand development director, De Vere Group, and managing director, De Vere Academy of Hospitality
â- Suzanne Jackson, executive director, the Hospitality Guild
â- Vicky Williams, HR director, Compass Group
â- Zoe Jenkins, General Manager, Coworth Park

By Janie Manzoori-Stamford

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