Heald Ltd director Debbie Heald nominated for three Women in Business Awards

Heald Ltd company director Debbie Heald has been nominated in three categories of the prestigious 2015 Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards. Heald has been shortlisted for the Yorkshire and North East region in the categories of International Business of the Year, SME Business of the Year and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Business of the Year.

Sponsored by HSBC, The Women in Business Awards are regarded as the premier forum for recognising and rewarding talented businesswomen across the UK.

Commenting on the news, Debbie Heald told Risk UK: “I’m delighted and proud that our work has been recognised in this way. This isn’t just about me. It’s a reflection of the hard work and innovation of everybody at Heald.”

Debbie Heald pictured with co-director and partner Rod Heald

Debbie Heald pictured with co-director and partner Rod Heald

East Yorkshire-based Heald Ltd has been providing some of the world’s most high profile sites with advanced protection against hostile vehicle attacks since 1986. The Hornsea company is an innovator in the field of perimeter security technology. Its bollards, roadblockers and barriers have boosted the field of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM).

Forward Ladies managing director Griselda Togobo, who announced the four regional shortlists, said she expected one of the most closely run finals in the event’s six-year history.

“The calibre of entries has been increasing year-on-year,” explained Togobo, “but this year we have a number of outstanding entries. Women of all ages, from all professions and all walks of life have applied.”

Competing in the national awards

The Yorkshire and North East winners will be announced at a regional awards ceremony to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle on 29 September.

The regional winners will then go on to compete in the national awards which will be announced at a glittering final on 20 November at the Queens Hotel in Leeds.

Karen Boswell, managing director of Hitachi Rail and chair of the 2015 Judging Panel, added: “The standard of entries for this year’s Women in Business Awards was outstanding. That made selecting the shortlist extremely difficult. This is testament to the high quality of our female business leaders across the regions who are helping the economy grow.”

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