Women of Influence and Action for Children

The Woman of Influence Awards (Woi) exists to encourage, support and recognise influential women in Scotland. These women are from many arenas including media, entertainment, business, politics, public service and the community – the common thread is that they have all made an outstanding contribution to our society.

The Action for Children Scotland Community Award is also awarded each year, which recognises and celebrates the achievements of a young woman who has grown in confidence, outlook and abilities as a result of the support received from an Action for Children Scotland project.

Since the inaugural event in 2001, Woi has raised over £750,000 and has grown in prestige and popularity. Now, years later, it is stronger than ever with an exceptionally high profile. It provides an excellent opportunity for networking with the professional sector, business leaders, celebrities and the wider business community.

Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people for as long as it takes to make a difference in their lives. In Scotland we work with around 8000 children, young people and families at over 60 projects and services, tackling issues such as child neglect and abuse.

Thi years event takes place on Sunday 11th March 2012 at Mar Hall
As always, this will be an exclusive afternoon celebrating and recognising remarkable Scottish women as well as awarding an outstanding young woman who has been helped by Action for Children Scotland and has turned her life around. A Champagne Reception will take place in The Grand Hall followed by a 3 course lunch, Awards Ceremony & wonderful entertainment from Tom Stade and Katie Melua.

In next month’s issue we will be hear from some of the influential women who are organising this year’s event. In the meantime, here is a brief introduction

Jo Mickel – Chair
Jo is a mother of twin boys and is also a trustee and fundraiser for Medical Aid in Pakistan and a Founder member of Pilotlight Scotland; a charity which provides mentorship teams to small community based charities for free. She is a 3rd year Biology student at Glasgow University but still runs her property styling business occasionally for favourite clients.
What makes you commit your time to this project?
I dedicate my time to help Action For Children because they are a hands on charity I believe in. They represent the gap fill between families in trouble and the state run ‘social services’. For many families, the involvement of social work is ‘the final hour’- AFC turn lives around, give support where none exists and help vulnerable frightened families rebuild themselves with hopes anddignity.

Vicky Fleming Brown
Vicky Fleming-Brown has worked as a freelance fashion stylist since 1998. Styling work has included fashion shoots for
Newspapers & Magazines, fashion shows, TV and radio work, wardrobe for TV commercials and advertising. Vicky was a
founder member of the WOI committee and chaired the event in 2007. She is married and has two boys.

Rowan Main
Rowan is a founder member of The Woman of Influence Awards. She developed the idea with Kelly Cooper Barr as Chair and
started the committee in 2000.Rowan is a mother, stepmother and grandmother and is also Area Volunteer Manager for Cancer Research UK.
What makes you commit your time to this project?
I have always related to the grassroots approach of Action for Children; for me this is a hands on charity that works with very challenging young people and doesn’t give up on them.

Alison Newton
Alison is a Partner at law firm WBJ Gateley. Alison has worked in the real estate development and regeneration sector throughout her career including leading a national award winning regeneration team. She is board member of Centre for Cities, and a contributing columnist for Property Week.
What makes you commit your time to this project?
The professionalism and scope of the charity and the uniqueness of the event together with the energy of the committee in all of its iterations.

Kylie Forrest
What makes you commit your time to this project?
Knowing that there are children living in poverty in this country is a real motivator to try and make a difference, so we don’t have a lost generation of children.

Fiona Sasan
Fiona is a mother of three and Partner in award winning law firm Morton Fraser. She is an accredited Family Law specialist and acts in divorce, separation, child residence, cohabitation and civilpartnership disputes.
What makes you commit your time to this project?
To subsequently learn more about the work of the charity, to recognise the “real life” gritty nature of the brilliant support the charity gives to vulnerable children and to see the positive outcomes that the effort and money raised can deliver made me want to roll my sleeves and pitch in!

Farah Khushi

When did you first get involved with WOi?
I first attended the Woman of Influence Awards when it was in its infancy and I was immediately impressed by the ethos and set-up. When I was invited to join the committee, I was delighted to become a part of a group of women in Scotland representing women and making a difference.
What makes you commit your time to this project?
For me there are many reasons for my commitment to Woman of Influence. Woman of Influence, not only celebrates and
acknowledge the achievements of inspirational women from diverse backgrounds, but also raises awareness of the problems faced by some of our youth as well as raising much needed fundsfor Action for Children projects.

Joanne Casey
Joanne has dedicated a 25 year career to the residential property industry focussing on professional excellence and outstanding customer service. She is currently the Sales and Marketing Director of one of Scotland’s most successful independent family owned house builders, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes and sits on its board.
Joanne is also a member of the foundation board of Pilotlight Scotland and is on the advisory committee of Glasgow West Business Club. She is also sits on the National Marketing Committee of the Association of Women in Property.
What makes you commit your time to this project?
I felt that this charity had its feet on the ground helping in a very practical ways children and young people who are not equipped to alter their situation for the better despite their great desire to do so.

Patries MacIntyre-Hoorn
Patries is Head of Marketing at Graham & Sibbald Chartered Surveyors. Patries was appointed Deacon of the Incorporation of the Barbers in 2009, as only the second female Deacon in its history. During her year in office, Patries played an instrumental role in fundraising for the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation. She also made a great contribution towards the implementation of medical and hairdressing prizes, to encourage young and talented
students in both sectors. Patries is also a member of The Association of Woman in Property and she has a little girl.
What makes you commit your time to this project?
It is great to be able to fundraise for a children’s charity as special as ‘Action for Children’. They have achieved so much good work. Also I find it is important to raise the profile each year of a strong Woman as a role model, to encourage all women that great things can be fulfilled.

Lesley Morton
Lesley Morton is a PR Account Director at creative communications agency Material UK. Responsible for PR strategy
development and execution at Material, Lesley has a wealth of experience of managing nationwide, award-winning campaigns for leading consumer brands and public sector organisations and campaigns.
What makes you commit your time to this project?
I find Action for Children’s campaigns, research and services exceptionally inspiring, not to mention motivating. Being involved in the charity enables me to play a small part in helping Scotland’s most vulnerable and neglected children, all the while working with a fantastic team who do fantastic work.

Amy Newlands
Amy is a Model and is a Director of The Catwalk Academy. She started modelling in Scotland in 2003 after being spotted on the street and whisked off to join an agency. Since then Amy has built up a highly prestigious client base including shoots for Esquire, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Glamour magazine. Her experience as one of the country’s leading catwalk models has led her to appear in shows for Armani, All Saints, Mulberry and Christopher Kane at London fashion Week.
What makes you commit your time to this project?
I’m so happy to now be directly involved with the charity. The fact that we can help children on our own doorstep brings home the importance of what Action for Children stands for.

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