Merseyside Women of the Year 2018 - Finalists

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Alex is an assistant in the Talent and Development Team, working on a wide variety of projects such as the firm's graduate recruitment campaigns, organising external events and conferences and managing the learning management system. She is the first point of contact for employees of all levels to contact to discuss their status and reporting

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Alison Lobb

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Alison is the Managing Partner of Morecrofts Solicitors, a firm with five offices across Merseyside. She qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and, after joining Morecrofts, she specialised in Child Abuse compensation claims.

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Amy Butterworth

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Amy's experience with supported accommodation began when she became a resident at the Market Wells Foyer Project at just sixteen, due to a family breakdown that left her living on a friend’s floor.

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Angela O'Connor

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'Doing what I love & doing it with the whole of my person enables me to help others.’ Says Angela.

Supporting thousands, Angela’s charity Mersey Counselling & Therapy Centre is accessible by all regardless of ability to pay.

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Anne Doran

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Anne is a caring, selfless, inspirational, courageous woman serving the community as school governor and magistrate, an active member of society whilst suffering with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a terminal lung disease these past six years.

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Anne Lundon

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Anne is CEO of the Florrie, she works hard trying to make changes in the L8 community and further afield, with a team of just three core members of staff.

In 2016, the Florrie faced an uncertain future due to funding cuts and lack of resources.

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Barbara Spicer

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Barbara Spicer CBE is Chief Executive of Plus Dane - a housing association working across Merseyside and Cheshire which owns 13,500 homes.

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Carly Atwell-Rolf

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Carley, now 32, was born on 28th November 1986. She renounced at birth by her mother and placed into the care of Alder Hey Hospital. She had her first operation when she was just 5 hours old.

She spent the first 18 months of her life in hospital.

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Carol Hamlett

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Carol Hamlett is the founder and director of Transforming Choice CIC, a social enterprise delivering an alternative alcohol detox and rehabilitation service to vulnerable people.

Under Carol's leadership, Transforming Choice CIC have supported over 160 people to break free from their dependency on alcohol, providing them with hope for the future and a chance to live a happy life. 

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Chrisie Bryne

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Chrisie Byrne wanted to make a difference to her local park and its surrounding community. Frustrated the park that she grew up in was now in decline and upset the community she lived all her life was splintered, she decided to stand up and was determined to make the change.

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Dr Elizabeth Peatfield JP PhD

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After leaving school young, Lizz began work aged 15 but returned to education as a mature student after working in security for 22 years in some of Liverpool’s high-profile city centre venues.

She began a non-profit making Dojo, established in 2005 to bring martial arts to those alternative cultures that may not have otherwise felt comfortable training in mainstream Dojos.

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Emma is a true inspiration not only to woman in the construction industry but to working mothers and to those around her. She continually shows ongoing initiative, dedication and support which has been fed back by her team members and supervisors. She has earned the respect of her peers and has become a role model in the construction field; this is something she is proud of and is devoted to promoting further to entice more woman to enter the construction industry.

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Honeysuckle Bereavement Team

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The Honeysuckle Team have developed a bereavement service, working with all departments at Liverpool Women’s Hospital to provide care and support for families following pregnancy loss at any stage of gestation and babies who die shortly after birth.

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Julia Samuels

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Julia is Co-Artistic Director and founder of 20 Stories High, an award-winning young people’s theatre company which works in Liverpool and nationally.

Julia is passionate about young people’s voices being heard, and particularly about telling stories focusing on the experiences, interests and aspirations of young women.

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Julie Lawson

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Julie is an amazing voluntary fundraiser who has helped raise more than 80k over the last 12 years for an array of charities including local, national and international organisations.

She is an inspiration to everyone she meets and her boundless energy and enthusiasm to help improve people’s lives through her fundraising work is making a real difference to the people of Merseyside and beyond.

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Katie Walker

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Katie moved from her home city of Liverpool to live abroad with her boyfriend when she was 18, he tragically passed away and her world fell apart. Feeling unable to cope, she began taking drugs and drinking heavily.

With the help of the Princes Trust, she found the strength to get though the dark time in her life and went on to open her own beauty salon Bella Mode in Liverpool.

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Lorna Brookes

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“That’s interesting, I’ve never even thought about the children,” is the typical response Lorna gets when asked what she does.

Ten years ago, Lorna began supporting children of prisoners, with no idea of how to do it, her primary strategy has been, quite simply, to ask the children themselves what they want and need, and then ask them how they might achieve this together.

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Maxine Ennis

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Maxine Ennis is a visionary for community development.

Her passion and drive for social change is immeasurable and she most definitely gets out of bed each morning for the benefit of others.

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Rare Studio

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Lindsay has studied performing arts since a young age and went onto become part of the senior teaching staff at LIPA.

Michelle runs the administration side of the business.

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Rebecca Houghton

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Rebecca has created a business that has become an anchor in the L8 community; her small sandwich shop serves food, love and care.

She supports people from the local area as well as charities with her fundraising activities.

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Sheila England

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My auntie, Sheila, is the most caring, loving, supportive, thoughtful, and devoted auntie, sister, mum, gran and wife.

She lives with and supports 3 disabled family members as well as fitting in helping look after her grandchildren.

Sheila also supports a vulnerable couple and their family, she has helped support them for years. She helps them manage family life.

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Sue Connerty

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Sue dedicates her time to helping parents with children affected by a rare condition collectively known as Microcephalic Primordial Dwarfism (MPD).

She co-founded the charity Walking With Giants Foundation in 2008 with her husband, after her own son was diagnosed with Majewski Osteodysplastic Primordial Dwarfism Type II (MOPDII).

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Tomorrow's Women Wirral

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Tomorrow's Women Wirral offer support to women who may feel isolated, have low self-esteem or just want to try something new.

TWW focuses on a holistic, person-centred approach to improve health and wellbeing. They have a wide range of facilities and a full timetable of workshops, courses and activities.

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Voting has now closed!

Voting for The Merseyside Women of the Year Awards 2018 has now closed!

Please join us on Friday 22nd June at the Crowne Plaza, Liverpool to see who will be crowned The Michael W Halsall Solicitors Merseyside Woman of the Year 2018.

To buy tickets, please contact Jean Gadsby on 0777 080 0238 or jean.gads@btinternet.com

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