Top 100 list recog­nis­ing best in west

Gloucestershire Echo - - WEST WOMEN - By JOSHUA KANE

THIS year’s 100 West Women of the Year will be cel­e­brated at a spe­cial cer­e­mony later this month.

Hon­our­ing the in­spir­ing women from across Bris­tol, Bath, Som­er­set and Glouces­ter­shire who are cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact in the com­mu­nity they live and work in, the even­ing will also hand out awards in a va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories

This week we show­case the fi­nal se­lec­tion of pro­files of our fi­nal

100 women.

Ce­cile Gil­lard

A Fel­low of the Royal So­ci­ety in recog­ni­tion of her work within the char­ity and civil so­ci­ety sec­tors.

She has had an im­pact on thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als and char­i­ties in Bris­tol she is direc­tor of Com­mu­nity Pur­pose CIC, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren.

Cather­ine Dodd

The co-founder of Stroud firm Doddl with sis­ter Rosie Phelps­gog­gin, they came up with the idea to cre­ate a cut­lery prod­uct that al­lows chil­dren to eat in­de­pen­dently and safely.

The idea came after the birth of her twins, and has rev­o­lu­tionised the way chil­dren can eat.

Caro­line White

Work­ing tire­lessly to re­move the stigma of Down’s syn­drome Caro­line, from Bath, raises aware­ness to shift at­ti­tudes.

Her book The La­bel has been turned into a mu­si­cal and she helps or­gan­ise events for in­di­vid­u­als with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties to get out and en­joy ev­ery­thing that we all take for granted.

Bry­ony Meek

In­volved in science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, and math­e­mat­ics ac­tiv­i­ties, she acted as a men­tor in the Air­bus Fly­ing Chal­lenge sup­port­ing un­der­priv­i­leged 13-14 year olds in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar STEM ac­tiv­i­ties.

Bel Mooney

The au­thor and jour­nal­ist from Bath has writ­ten six nov­els, nearly 30 chil­dren’s books and a whole range of ar­ti­cles.

Belinda Wil­son

The pow­er­house be­hind vol­un­teer ini­tia­tive Chel­tenham Connect which gives free sup­port and ad­vice to small busi­nesses.

Many small busi­nesses in Chel­tenham cite her as an in­flu­ence and in­spi­ra­tion for their busi­ness.

Baroness Ren­nie Fritchie

Fo­cus­ing on cre­at­ing an equal so­ci­ety based on merit and help­ing women to progress through the ranks, Baroness­fritchie works tire­lessly for an egal­i­tar­ian struc­ture.

She is an am­bas­sador for Glouces­ter­shire First and Win­ston’s Wish, the grief sup­port char­ity for chil­dren.

Avril Mar­shall

For more than 20 years she has cam­paigned to com­bat racism and other forms of hate crime through her work with the Bris­tol Race Fo­rum.

April Collins

Start­ing her Leafy Tea Com­pany in 2016 while study­ing at school, her mainly on­line busi­ness has re­ceived wide­spread recog­ni­tion.

She sells pack­aged tea im­ported from In­dia and the Far East at farm­ers’ mar­kets, fetes and the shop in her home vil­lage of Hin­ton Char­ter­house in Som­er­set.

Anya Shrub­sole

World Cup-win­ning Som­er­set crick­eter has in­spired many women to take up the sport dur­ing a suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

An in­ter­na­tional since 2008, she be­came the first woman to ap­pear on the cover of Wis­den Al­manack. Anne O’don­nell

De­scribed as a charis­matic and in­spi­ra­tional leader as chief ex­ec­u­tive for man­age­ment con­sul­tants Pro­corre in Bris­tol.

Women make up 60 per cent of the com­pany and are equally rep­re­sented in man­age­ment po­si­tions as men. Anna Bowes

Co-founder of Sav­ings Cham­pion in Bath which has helped thou­sands of savers with sim­ple ad­vice to max­imise the re­turn on their sav­ings.

She works with lead­ing sav­ings providers to help them im­prove their pro­cesses. Ang­harad True­man

The first fe­male manag­ing direc­tor for CGT Let­tings in 30 years in Glouces­ter­shire, Bris­tol, Bath and Som­er­set.

She has gen­er­ated an ex­tra £200k of in­come this year through new ser­vices

and a busi­ness ac­qui­si­tion. Adele Owen

The direc­tor of Glouces­ter­shire Ac­tion for Refugees and Asy­lum Seek­ers whose pur­pose is to pro­vide sup­port to asy­lum seek­ers, refugees and other mi­grants. Of­fer­ing a safe space, ac­tiv­i­ties, re­fresh­ments and ad­vice on health ad­vice, the or­gan­i­sa­tion aims to raise aware­ness to in­form peo­ple of the is­sues facing those seek­ing asy­lum.

Cather­ine Dodd

Adele Owen, left, Belinda Wil­son and, in­set, Avril Mar­shall

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