The 2020 NatWest everywoman Awards winners:
2020 NatWest everywoman of the Year Award
Managing Director, Tiny Box Company Limited
The 2020 NatWest everywoman of the Year Award was presented to Rachel Watkyn, Founder of Tiny Box whose story of triumph over adversity unanimously inspired the 2020 judges. Rachel spent her formative years in care before returning to her family and experiencing the effects of alcohol and domestic abuse. Whilst working in Sierra Leone during the military coup, the extreme poverty she witnessed drove her vision for a fairtrade business. This began as a jewellery company, but her struggle to find recycled and environmentally friendly packaging sparked the idea for Tiny Box, supplying businesses with aesthetically pleasing and ethical packaging. Against a backdrop of difficulties including cancer, fire, flooding, an IT hack, and now Covid-19, she has grown Tiny Box to a £6.5m annual revenue and a team of 85 employees.
Spirit of everywoman Award
Awarded to a woman whose pioneering spirit has helped change the landscape for women in the UK
Dame Vivienne Westwood,
Dame Vivienne Westwood was recognised for her phenomenal career which has seen her bring avant-garde British fashion into the main-stream and and become a vocal activist for the environment and civil rights. For over 60+ years she has carved her own path, driven by purpose, imagination, and an ability to connect with those without a voice or influence to fight for their cause.
One of the world's best-known designers, Dame Vivienne has used her success and her global platform to draw the world's attention to so many important issues. From Aids to Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Climate change and environmental causes. This is role modelling that resonates with the next generation.
everywoman Ambassador Award
Awarded to a woman to celebrate a high-profile entrepreneur and role model to young women.
Make up artist, Founder, Pat McGrath Labs
Despite having no formal training, Pat is now considered the world’s most influential make-up artist after a career that has spanned roles at Giorgio Armani and British Vogue. When her eponymous make-up brand, Pat McGrath Labs, launched at Selfridges it was the most successful beauty brand launch ever and is now valued at $1 billion.
Awarded to a stand-out individual who invests or is involved in securing investment in women-founded businesses.
Founder, Ada Ventures
In recognition of her work in investing in often overlooked female entrepreneurs and running a non-profit partnership promoting diversity in venture capital.
Francesa founded Ada Ventures, their focus is to discover and build the possibility of bold ideas, and provide investment to support the incredible founders behind them.
Aphrodite award, Sponsored by Daily Mail
Awarded to a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under.
Founder and Chair, Little Kickers Group
Christine’s business sees over 65,000 children in 34 countries enjoy football training every week. Inspired by her then two-year old son, she had no experience of football or franchising, but an early investment of £300 has turned Little Kickers into a global football themed franchise, championing fun-based activities for pre-school children. Her first club in Wandsworth was oversubscribed by 400% and as the brand grew, she created a franchise to help other women whilst ensuring she still had time to devote to her family. Covid-19 saw her capitalise on the PE with Joe phenomenon, sharing free digital content and generating goodwill worldwide.
Sophie Birkert, Founder and Managing Director, Screen With Envy
Helen Chapman, Founder and Managing Director, Dotty Fish
Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to 3 years.
Dr Thuria Wenbar,
e-Surgery is a completely paper free, simplified prescription system. Thuria is originally from Iraq and came to the UK as an asylum seeker with her family in 1999. After studying medicine, she worked as a doctor for the NHS. During that period, she realised the prescription system was very dated and decided to open her business with her husband. Her plans for the future include B2B, therefore enabling other companies to offer prescriptions such as hair loss medication.
Dr Khaleelah Jones, Founder and CEO, Careful Feet Digital
Laura Hepburn, Director, Greenology
Zahra Khan, Founder, FEYA
Athena Award, Sponsored by Taittinger
Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 6 to 9 years.
Founder & CEO, Astrid & Miyu
Connie grew up between the US and Korea, embarking on a career in investment banking from which she quickly burnt out. Seeking a more creative career she moved to London working for LVMH whilst starting Astrid & Miyu as a side project in 2012, with the aim to make beautiful and affordable jewellery with great customer service. The company has grown organically into a cult brand, loved by fashion editors and bloggers thanks to its aspirational yet approachable style.
Pamela Gruhn, Founder and CEO, Frenchic Paint
Nicky Hoyland, CEO, MCG/DBLX
Charmaine Vincent, Owner & CEO, Baltimore Consulting Limited
Demeter Award, Sponsored by Nutriment
Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 3 to 5 years.
Founder & CEO, Absolute Collagen
Aged 50 and feeling deeply insecure and unhappy, Maxine challenged herself to go without her daily “armour” of make up or hair dye. Simultaneously she read about the nutritional benefits of bone broth, spotting its effects on health and wellbeing and identifying the potential of collagen. Her first product was just created for friends, but she spotted a gap in the market for high quality, affordable collagen products. Now in its fourth year, and with a projected turnover of £8 million, the subscription model is sold direct to consumer and priced to be accessible to all.
Kirstie O'Connor Farrant, Director of Safeguarding, Housing and Support, Streetz Ahead Creative Housing Ltd
Jennifer Davidson, Founder & Managing Director, Sleek Events
Kunjal Tanna, Director & Co-Founder, LT Harper Cybersecurity Staffing
Gaia Award, sponsored by Montezuma’s Chocolates
Awarded to the most inspirational and successful female founder of a social enterprise who has combined strong community benefit with a sustainable business model.
Dr Asha Patel,
CEO & Clinical Psychologist, Innovating Minds
Moving from India to the UK at the age of 12, Asha saw university as an opportunity for greater personal freedom and excelled in a career within the prison service, which enabled her to buy her own house and gain further self-dependence. With a seedling idea for Innovating Minds, she sold her house to fund her business. Recognising the business couldn’t scale with face to face services, she launched Edupod technology in February 2020, signing up 50 schools overnight. From a projected £80,000 loss she is now anticipating a six-figure profit and has ambitions to roll out her technology to support thousands more people struggling with mental health.
Marie Cudennec Carlisle, CEO & Founder, Goldfinger Factory
Karen Davies, Chief Executive, Purple Shoots
Hera Award, Sponsored by Saunderson House
Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more.
Franchisee, Mclean Restaurants Ltd
Sarah joined McDonald’s as a graduate trainee and spent 20 years with the brand, blown away by its visionary approach and support for women. She used her savings to acquire her first franchise in 2002 and now has 2,200 employees - the brand’s largest female franchisee. Even during Covid-19, she achieved double digit sales growth during lockdown and has since brought every member of staff back from furlough. As the chair of the brand’s national leadership she was central to the launch of the brand’s delivery service in 2017.
Janna Horsthuis, Managing Director, Robinsons
Julia Senah, Managing Director, Almond Care Limited
Brand of the Future Award, Sponsored by The White Company
Sponsored by The White Company - Awarded to the female founder of a business that demonstrates great potential for growth.
Joyce & Raissa de Haas,
Double Dutch Drinks
Known as the Tonic Twins, sisters Joyce and Raissa started making mixers at university, inspired by the explosion of artisan spirits. Whilst studying in the UK they saw the growth of the gin category wasn’t matched by mixers and their start-up plan won funding from UCL, attracting the attention of Richard Branson. Since then they have won the World’s Best Tonic Water 2018 and export to 28 countries. Earlier this year the brand secured investment from the Heineken family and plans to launch in the US in 2021.
Ade Hassan MBE, Nubian Skin
Celia Pool, DAME