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Testimonials

Read testimonials from the 2016 WISE Awards

"I found the Wise Awards both humbling and inspiring. It felt like a huge privilege to be surrounded by so many very talented women and to celebrate their achievements in style. What a great event."
Anna Jones, Sky News Presenter and WISE Awards 2016 compare


"Thank you so much for inviting me to such a splendid event. I was hugely impressed and enjoyed the sheer energy in the packed room. WISE can feel pleased and proud of what it is doing."
Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DL, Energy Lawyer, CMS Cameron McKenna


"I still have my head in the clouds over this award! The evening was absolutely amazing and I am so proud of the award."
Hilary Lappin-Scott, Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor, Swansea University - Winner of the WISE Hero Award


"Congratulations to you and the team on a wonderful evening.Congratulations to you and the team on a wonderful evening. Having led several big events in the past, I know how many moving parts there are, and you all made the evening slick and enjoyable for all. Thanks to you all for the honour I received. It means more than you can know to me."
Debbie Forster, Co-CEO, Apps for Good - Winner of the WISE Woman of the Year Award

"Congratulations to you and your team for a spectacular night of celebrating some great women.Thank you for extending me an invitation and also allowing me the honour of meeting the Princess Royal."
Ann Watson, Chief Executive, Semta

"Thanks very much for a truly inspirational evening, surrounded by champions of equality and inclusivity. I was particularly moved by the passionate speech by Trudy Norris-Grey, who urged us to draw on a recent speech which encouraged girls to believe that they are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve their own dreams. The support of the Princes Royal, who gives her time so generously to the WISE campaign, is always very much appreciated, and I was especially impressed with her willingness to join in with the rock, paper, scissors activity."
Professor Karen Holford, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Physical Sciences & Engineering, Cardiff University.

"I just wanted to send a further thank you for being able to participate in the amazing awards evening last night. It was a true privilege. I met with the Hearts Milk Bank team today and everyone was massively energised as a result! I very much hope we can work with WISE to host apprentices and work experience students at the milk bank and biobank in the future."
Dr Natalie Shenker, Co-founder and Research Director, Herts Milk Bank CIC - Finalist for the WISE Hero Award

"It was an absolute honour to have been shortlisted, but I'm not surprised that Dr Yin Cheong won the award, what a brilliant cause! Thank you for a great night of celebrating some phenomenal women."
Victoria Peppiatt, COO, Phrasee - Finalist for the WISE Tech Start-UP Award

"Thank you for inviting me to the WISE Awards 2016, it was so inspiring to see such talent have their dedicated hard work recognised and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening."
Janet Harrison, Senior Warden, Worshipful Company of Fuellers


"I am truly honoured to have received this recognition, and it gives me huge encouragemetns to continue to do more for girls to study STEM subjects at school."
Anne-Gaelle Colom, Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster - Winner of the WISE International Open Source Award

"The experience and process of being a finalist was both enjoyable and very useful in meeting of judges, being interviewed and having the opportunity to engage with like minded women."
Cathrine Armour, Director, Venturyst LtdJan Harrison - Finalist for the WISE International Open Source Award

"Can I just congratulate you for making the evening and the overall event so enjoyable and successful. It went very smoothly and I doubt that most people realise how much hard work and effort goes into the organisation of such an event"
Don Johnson, Operations Director, Laleham Health and Beauty - Finalist for the WISE Man of the Year Award

"Thank you for an amazing evening – it was a tremendous honour to be surrounded by those amazing people. It was fabulous"
Fiona Capstick, Executive Director, EY


"Just wanted to thank you for my invite to your awards evening yesterday. I really enjoyed the evening and was very impressed with the whole organisation and ambience of the event. WISE certainly punches above its weight"
Ian Billyard, Principal, Leeds College of Building

"Another great evening, really enjoyed it and some inspirational winners. The conference was a great success too."
Carol Arbon, Pipeline Consultant, Engineering & Operations Skills, Rolls Royce PLC


"Thank you so much for a really inspiring evening last week at the WISE Awards. It was thoroughly enjoyable - from the reception to the excellent dinner and fabulous venue - a huge success."
Caroline le Fevre, Lefevre Media


"I felt lucky to be at such an inspiring occasion, recognising the fantastic contributions being made by so many brilliant women working in science, technology and education today. My Department is proud to support WISE, and shares its goals."
Alex Chisholm Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

"I much enjoyed Thursday evening from the beginning to the end. We had a great table and the conversation flowed and it was lovely to catch up with so many friends."
Isobel Pollock-Hulf, OBE, BSc(Eng) CEng Hon DSc FIMechE FCGI


“Congratulations. The WISE Awards was the headline news on our intranet homepage yesterday and is 3rd on the most read listing today!”
Sky - Winner of the WISE Employer Award sponsored by AWE


"The calibre of speakers, the generous debate, the rigorous evidence and the backing from government provided an arena that should set in motion the dynamic change required within business. The only obstacle now is mind-set – the rest of the debate has already been won!"
Emer Murnaghan, Head of Business Improvement, GRAHAM Construction

"I wanted to say again how much I enjoyed the whole day and appreciate all the work that WISE does on behalf of women and girls in engineering. I’m one of the 5% of girls that completed an apprenticeship and I really want to help other girls see that it’s a fantastic career."
Tullia Hellyn, Mechanical Design Technician, Sellafield Ltd


“My first Awards ceremony – an impressive evening from beginning to end! The calibre of nominations was truly inspirational. I am so proud to have joined the board and to be a part of an amazing organisation in helping to build a platform for female leaders of the future.”
Joanne Hannaford Partner at Goldman Sachs, FBCS

"Thank you all for a wonderful evening on Thursday – truly inspirational!"
Sue Bagguley, Head of Strategy & Business Development, Siemens PLC

"The wise awards dinner 2016 was an excellent evening. Everything ran really smoothly and the atmosphere was great, everyone supporting one another as well as the cause. The venue was beautiful as well as suitable. I hope to come back next year"
Thea Macdonald, guest

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