WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2004 WINNERS
(27 May 2004)
Howard, wife of the Rt Hon. Michael Howard QC MP, Leader of the
Opposition, stole the limelight at last night's glittering ceremony
at The London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane that saw nine leading Asian
women pick up the annual Asian Women of Achievement (AWA) Awards.
Mrs Howard, in a pale pink raw silk outfit with chiffon sleeves,
wore her own jewellery and was clearly very comfortable in the gathering
that has become
one of Britain's most fashionable Asian events of the spring calendar.
by a host of well-known personalities from British Society, the
AWA awards applaud and celebrate the commitment, dedication and
determination of Asian women to their professional and personal
achievements within the commercial, professional, artistic and humanitarian
in their fifth year, the Awards were set up by Pinky Lilani and
are nine Award categories that reflect the diverse lives of Asian
women achievers: The Arts & Culture Award, The Public Sector
Award, The Social & Humanitarian Award, Business Woman of the
Year - Corporate, Entrepreneur of the Year, Media Professional of
the Year, Professional of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year and
The Chairman's Award.
Awards enjoy the patronage of Cherie Booth QC, who was unable to
attend last night's ceremony and Her Highness Begum Inaara Aga Khan.
They also receive support from leaders of all political parties,
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and a host of Asian personalities. Julie
Mellor, chair of the EOC was chair of the judging panel.
winners of the AWA Awards 2004 are listed below.
ARTS & CULTURE AWARD
Indrani, London- Actress
made her stage debut as Cassandra in Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS
and the following year moved to the Royal Shakespeare Company. In
1989 Seeta took on the role of WPC Norika Datta in the UK's longest
running police drama, The Bill. In 1995 Seeta was voted Best Supporting
Actress by The Asian Film Academy and despite her punishing work
schedule created her own dance company, Fuego Flamenco. In 1996
Seeta received further accolade from the Asian Film Academy this
time as Best Actress, and in 1998 said farewell to her colleagues
at Sunhill and began working on new projects including; working
with choreographer Christopher Bruce and appearing at the London
Palladium. Seeta is the Vice Chair of Stage for Age and in 2003
was made a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.
WOMAN OF THE YEAR - CORPORATE AWARD
Patel, 30, London - Sales Director, Teletext
joined Teletext as Sales Support Executive in 1994, Nishma initially
impressed with her drive and abilities far beyond her appointed
position. Very quickly Nishma established herself as a key member
of the sales team and began a meteoric rise to success progressing
quickly through three promotions in one year to the position of
Group Head for Holidays Advertising. In 2001, at the age of 27,
Nishma was appointed as Sales Director at Teletext, adding responsibility
for not only all holiday advertising but also the financial and
OF THE YEAR
D'Abreo, Bournemouth- Ceuta Healthcare
established Ceuta nine years ago, and the company is now the UK's
leading outsourced sales and marketing company for health and beauty
products. The founding premise of Ceuta was to establish an ethical
company that had a responsible approach to its people and the pharmaceutical
industry. Ceuta has taken social responsibility of its people very
seriously and consequently the company encourages individuals to
undergo vocational and skills training with at least 50% of Ceuta
employees having undergone company-sponsored training.
PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Malik, 35, London, Current Affairs Reporter, Channel Four
was born in Leeds in 1969 and was bought up in Bradford by her Pakistani
parents. At Nottingham University Zaiba studied Law and Politics
but decided to pursue a career in journalism. After a short time
working in newspapers she made her move into television and into
the area of investigative journalism where she has worked on a number
of groundbreaking documentaries including: 'Unreported World - A
Quick Fix' an untold story of the deaths of over 2500 people in
Thailand during a 'war against drugs' campaign and 'Sleepers - Undercover
with the Racists' where Zaiba took an undercover role of a shopkeeper
for three months to highlight the problems of racism many Asians
face on a daily basis.
OF THE YEAR
Yasmin J Drabu, London
Medical Executive Director, North Middlesex University Hospital
came to England in 1959 at the age of nine, and ten years later
gained entrance to the Manchester University Medical School - one
of only three Asian girls in a group of 160 students. In 1973 Yasmin
qualified as a Doctor and chose to pursue a career in Pathology.
Dr Yasmin Drabu began her career at the Microbiology Department,
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust as a Consultant Microbiologist
in 1982 and progressed rapidly to become lead for Infection Control,
a post she is still involved with. Yasmin now holds the prestigious
role of Medical Executive Director and is responsible for all matters
concerning medical staff, and all clinical governance issues.
PUBLIC SECTOR AWARD
Coker, 55, Kent
Chair of the British Refugee Council and the St George's Healthcare
Coker's career spans 30 years in the public and voluntary sectors.
She spent 20 years in the NHS where her roles ranged from Pharmaceutical
and Clinical Director to General Manager in acute NHS Trusts in
London followed by ten years at the King's Fund a large charitable
foundation working in the field of health and social care, where
she was the Director of the Race and Diversity programme. She has
written widely on racism and ethnic health inequalities in the NHS
and the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in the West.
has been the Chair of the British Refugee Council since November
1998. The Refugee Council is the largest charitable organisation
in the UK providing services and promoting the rights of asylum
seekers and refugees in the UK and abroad. In November 2003 the
NHS Appointments Commission appointed her Chair of St George's Healthcare
NHS Trust. The Trust manages St George's Hospital in Tooting as
well as Bolingbroke Hospital.
SOCIAL & HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Bayan Alaraji, Surrey
Human rights campaigner and refugee doctor
Bayan Alaraji is a highly qualified medical doctor. Born in Iraq
and a graduate of Baghdad University, she left the country along
with her husband and children fearing persecution by the regime.
Since arriving in the UK she has devoted her life to helping the
Iraqi people and started a campaign for human rights in Iraq. Following
the second Gulf War, Dr Bayan Alaraji has committed herself to assisting
the Iraqi refugees on the Iran-Iraq borders as well as refugees
in Afghanistan and Palestine.
ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR
Husain, 30, London, News Presenter, BBC World
Husain is a highly accomplished broadcaster and as a key presenter
on BBC World since Oct 2000, she has become one of the most familiar
faces in news broadcasting around the globe. Mishal anchors the
6 and 7 pm evening news, seen by a worldwide audience of over 256
million and across the United States through cable and satellite
on BBC America and public television. Mishal is also a Washington
correspondent for BBC News. She has played an integral role in establishing
BBC World as an authoritative source of television news in USA.
studied law at Cambridge University, graduating in 1995, and then
completed a Master's in Law at the European University Institute
in Florence. Her first job was at Bloomberg Television in London,
where she spent two years and had the opportunity of on-camera work
for the first time. She joined the BBC in 1988 as a producer at
BBC World and then moved to the BBC's specialist Economics and Business
Unit as a reporter.
Chairman's Award was given to actress Nina Wadia who is best known
for starring in three consecutive hit British comedies - the award-winning
'Goodness Gracious Me', and the sitcoms 'Perfect World' and 'Chambers,
all for the BBC. Nina has also starred in Channel 4's critically
acclaimed 'White Teeth' and on stage in the ground-breaking Vagina
Monologues. She has starred with Jasper Carrot in BBC 1 drama 'All
About Me' and worked alongside Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton in
Michael Winterbottom's 'Code46'. Her award nominations include an
International Emmy for 'Goodness Gracious Me' as well as an EMMA
nomination for Best Performance by a TV Actress in 'SitaGita' for
Carlton Television. Nina has also hosted the AWA Awards since their
year's judging panel boasted a number of distinguished and respected
representatives from industry and commerce, media and the non-profit
sector including Anshu Jain, head of global markets, Deutsche Bank
AG London; David Bell, director, Pearsons; David Notts, consultant,
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital; Emma Broadbent, barrister; Julie
Mellor, chair, Equal Opportunities Commission; Kieran Pointer, partner,
Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Lisa Aziz, news presenter, Sky News; Meena
Pathak OBE, director, Patak Spices; Nabila Sadiq, managing director,
Joslin Rowe recruitment and winner of AWA 2003 Businesswoman of
the Year - Corporate; Sir Nicholas Young, chief executive, British
Red Cross; Patricia Rozario, opera singer; Richard Greenhalgh, chairman,
Unilever UK; Patrick French, author; Stephen Irwin QC and Toni Letts
OBE, chief executive Croydon YMCA.
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