Shine Awards 2017 shortlist announced

19 July 2017 by
Shine Awards 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Shine Awards 2017, that recognise the achievements of women working in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism, has been announced.

This year's awards, a partnership between People 1st, The Caterer and Travel Weekly

Some 22 leading figures from hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism judged the awards, which also seek to celebrate the critical role businesses and mentors can play in changing workplace cultures so as to make the most of everybody's skills.

People 1st chief executive Simon Tarr said: "Celebrating the fantastic achievements of women working in hospitality and travel is vital to showcase female role models, share best practice and, ultimately, help more businesses to reap the benefits of having well-balanced leadership teams. Congratulations and good luck to all the shortlisted finalists."

The Caterer publisher Mark Lewis added: "This is The Caterer and Travel Weekly's second year of involvement in the Shine Awards, and in that short time we have seen the awards grow in stature and importance. This is testament to the hospitality and travel businesses that are putting issues of equality and a gender-balanced workforce at the heart of their business, and to the successful partnership forged between People 1st and Jacobs Media Group to elevate the profile of this important awards scheme."

As well as the shortlisted awards, the Ambassador of the Year award and the Robyn Jones Lifetime Achievement award will both be unveiled on the night.

Winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner hosted at 8 Northumberland, London, on Monday 16 October. Tickets can be purchased at

The 2017 Shine Awards shortlist

Apprentice of the Year
•Lauren Louise Dove - Ale & Oyster Restaurant & Bar
•Molly Horne - Compass Group
•Sarah Nerys-Judge - Hyatt Regency London, the Churchill
•Luka Seddon - CH&Co Group
•Adrienn Somogyi - Ocean View Hotel, Holsworth Hotel Group

Best Initiative to Retain and Develop Women
•Compass Group
•The Global Travel Group
•Thomas Cook

Best Place for Women to Work
•C&M Travel Recruitment
•Compass Group
•Georgian House Hotel

Chef of the Year
•Gemma Evans - Compass Group
•Chantelle Nicholson - Tredwells
•Endang Gonzalez - Blue Apple Contract Catering
•Rachel Stebbings - ISS

Innovator of the Year
•Gail Bunn - Brewhouse & Kitchen
•Alex Head - Social Pantry
•Rose Constantine Smith - The Good Eating Company
•SHEP Partnership Team - Food Cardiff

Mentor of the Year
•Omero Emilio Gallucci - Gallucci Consulting (Lakefield Patron)
•Fay Sharpe - Zibrant, BCD M&E
•Jane Sunley - Purple Cubed

Rising Star
•Gemma Barter - Crowne Plaza London Docklands
•Emma Bradshaw - PPHE Hotel Group
•Gillian Duthrie - Jurys Inn Hotel Company
•Sophie Egglestone - Yorebridge House
•Tania Rahman - Chit Chaat Chai

Woman of the Year
•Ruth Badger - Argyll Holidays
•Ariane Gorin - Expedia
•Lisa Henning - The Travel Network Group
•Louise Wright - Splendid Hospitality Group

Prue Leith, Chantelle Nicholson and Zuleika Fennell honoured at the 2016 Shine Awards >>

Shine Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award to honour foodservice legend Robyn Jones >>

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