officebroker.com’s Jo Davey attends Vitalise Women of the Year Awards
On Friday 2nd October, New Business Manager at officebroker.com Jo Davey attended the 27th annual Vitalise Women of the Year Awards, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, NEC.
Hosted by Viscountess Cobham and presented by former ITV Central News anchor Arti Halai, the event was held to honor Midlands-based businesswomen, and also raised money for the Vitalise Skylarks, a Nottingham based care centre for adults with physical disabilities.
“Arti was an amazing presenter,” says Jo, “articulate and funny and very entertaining in her own right.”
This year’s winner of the Vitalise Woman of the Year Award was Asha Khemka OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College. Asha has successfully brought the college into the national top five, and achieved a prestigious grade one ranking from Ofsted.
According to a Vitalise press release, Asha said:
“It is an honor to receive this prestigious award and follow in the footsteps of such esteemed winners from previous years.
“This award recognizes West Nottinghamshire College as a dynamic, highly-successful business in its own right and a major player in the local economy; at the heart of education, training and regeneration.”
Jo says: “I think respect is the word for the winner of the Women in Business award, she is so hard working and I think amazing.”
In a separate category, Vitalise Woman of Achievement was awarded to inspirational yachtswoman Hilary Lister. Hilary has taken disabled sailing to another level by becoming the first ever quadriplegic person to sail solo around Great Britain, which she accomplished in August of this year. She was also the first to sail across the English channel.
“Hiliary was a completely different category to Asha,” adds Jo, “but what admiration she received. Their achievements really made you feel so inadequate and both had standing ovations.”
“I’m completely overwhelmed to receive this award. There are so many talented women here today that to be singled out is really humbling.”
To find out more about Vitalise, a national charity providing short breaks and services for disabled people, visually impaired people and carers, go to Vitalise.org.uk.