The Evening Times’ Scotswoman of the Year is a unique celebration of the accomplishments of woman across Scotland.
We are once again delighted to show our support to the unsung women who make the world a better place. These awards provide the perfect opportunity to once again recognise the talents and achievements of some of our nation’s most remarkable women.
From top flight businesswomen to compassionate carers, from scientists working on lifesaving breakthroughs to teachers nurturing tomorrow’s leaders, from record breaking sportswomen to your local lollipop lady, the aim of the event is to acknowledge our debt for their, often, selfless and unacknowledged hard work.
Scotland has many inspirational women in many walks of life. And it is right and fitting that we celebrate and honour their work and contributions. Every one of our winners over the decades has been an outstanding individual.
And what better way to pay tribute to these truly inspirational women than at the Scotswoman of Year Awards.
This year we launched a new category to secure the legacy of SWOTY. We want to find the first ever Young Scotswoman of the Year. Our exciting new category was open to girls and young females between the ages of 12 and 21.
The Evening Times is proud that we have celebrated their contributions for more than half a century and we look forward to doing so for many years to come.
Donald Martin, Editor, Evening Times
St. Enoch Centre is a leading Scottish retail destination located in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre. .
St. Enoch offers more than 90 retailers under one roof including an unrivalled selection of leading department stores, exclusive brands and Scotland’s largest food court. The centre is popular amongst shoppers of all ages and features a number of great brands, including Hotel Chocolat, Hamleys, Disney Store and Fossil. Other major retailers within the Centre include Debenhams, Mothercare, H&M, Boots, Dorothy Perkins and Quiz.
The 850,000 sq ft centre, which was the first of its kind in Scotland when it opened in 1989, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. St. Enoch Centre is currently undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment to create a nine-screen VUE cinema as well as bringing in new restaurants and retailers.
Taylor Wimpey West Scotland is a regional business within Taylor Wimpey UK, which is one of the largest residential developers in the UK with a focus on creating value and delivering quality. We build a wide range of new homes, from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom houses.
Each year we build more than 14,000 homes in the UK, and in 2018 over 1,000 of these were in Scotland.
We are a responsible developer with a strong and proud history of successful developments across the central belt of Scotland with particular emphasis in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Fife, Central
Scotland and the Lothians, as well as Aberdeenshire and Tayside in the north.
We are one of the largest homebuilders in the UK, providing jobs and career progression opportunities for over 4,000 employees and over 11,000 contractors, and we are committed to health and safety, environmental sustainability, providing excellent customer service and engaging with local communities.
Taylor Wimpey aims to be an inclusive company, which values people as individuals – employees, customers and clients. We aim to achieve this through a creative and innovative workforce that reflects the diversity of local communities in which we work.
Renowned for its Victorian architecture, ornate pillars and chandeliers and regarded as a landmark building and location, Grand Central hotel has set the tone for style and services within the city for decades. A classic fixture, the hotel is loved for its modern-day interpretation of the traditional British hotel experience – offering relaxed luxury and unstuffy service, all in a great location for guest travel, situated adjacent to Central Station and just 8 miles from Glasgow Airport.
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Our 2018 winners have been announced!
The 2018 SWOTY award winners were revealed at a glittering gala dinner in the Grand Central Hotel on March 14.
Along with Scotswoman of the Year and a special Editor’s Award, this year, for the first time in the event’s 56-year history, we presented a Young Scotswoman of the Year prize. We heard tales of inspiration, hard work, bravery, innovation and adventure.
SCOTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS AND WINNERS
LUCY LINTOTT – WINNER
Five years ago, at the age of 19, Lucy became the youngest person in Scotland to be diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Since then, she has opened up her life to raise awareness of this devastating condition and has fought to raise money for a cure – £183,000 and counting. Lucy lives life to the max, refusing to give up, and her positive attitude and determination to support others has touched the hearts of many.
ALICE THOMPSON – FINALIST
As co-founder of Social Bite, Alice Thompson has helped to change the way people think about and respond to homelessness. The social enterprise sandwich shop chain in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen feeds, supports and employs the homeless community through a range of initiatives. She is the driving force behind Social Bite’s Wee Sleep Out and travels the country inspiring young people to get involved in the fight to end homelessness.
MONICA ALLAN- FINALIST
Monica won a landmark victory against the UK government in the Supreme Court after fighting the “same roof” rule – which meant victims of crime were ineligible for compensation if they lived under the same roof as the perpetrator. Monica’s mother attempted to strangle her when she was five years old. By waiving her right to anonymity and speaking up on behalf of victims of violence, she has paved the way to ensure others will not suffer.
GILLIAN TAYLOR- FINALIST
Former nurse Gillian invented a revolutionary scale which can weigh seriously ill patients quickly, potentially saving lives. The ground-breaking piece of equipment – the first of its kind in the world – means vital medicines can be administered swiftly, and it has already transformed emergency care around the country. Gillian used her years of experience as a nurse to come up with the idea and her passion for providing the best care to her patients was the driving force behind it.
JENNY GRAHAM – FINALIST
Jenny cycled around the world in 124 days, smashing the women’s record by a whopping 20 days. She rode 18,000 miles across 16 countries, unsupported, carrying all her kit, and cycling up to 15 hours a day. Jenny faced everything from sub-zero temperatures in Australia and bears in Canada to speeding lorries on the Trans-Siberian Highway. Her incredible achievement is all the more remarkable considering she came late to cycling, and she now travels the country helping to encourage more girls and young women to get into the sport.
YOUNG SCOTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
MARIA LYLE, 18 – WINNER
Already a multiple World and Paralympic medallist and world record holder, Maria added a European gold and a Commonwealth Games silver to her impressive resume at the Gold Coast last year. The teenager, from Dunbar, inspires many with her determination to overcome the obstacles she faces living with cerebral palsy. Maria also manages to find time to support local charities including East Lothian Special Needs Play Scheme and Support in Mind Scotland. Maria was one of the first British athletes to talk about the mental health stresses involved in dealing with life both on and off the track and she has been widely praised for helping to end the stigma of mental health issues.
CHELSEA CAMERON, 20 – FINALIST
Chelsea Cameron, from Dundee, wrote a harrowing open letter to her parents, which left no-one in any doubt the devastating impact of drugs on the children of addicts. Within a week, her story had gone viral and she was invited to speak on radio and television across the UK. Throughout 2018, she spoke at many events, appeared on stage alongside First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and launched a mentoring scheme to help build young people’s confidence and self-esteem. Despite the challenges of her childhood, Chelsea excelled at school, where she was made head girl, and she continues to inspire others through her charity work.
SANNA AZIZ, 18 – FINALIST
Sanna, from the Borders, is a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and head of its human rights committee. Having been bullied as a child, she is determined not to be beaten and campaigns tirelessly for equality and inclusion. Sanna is passionate about protecting young people from the kind of experiences she had, and she has become a strong voice in the fight against hate crime across Scotland. She recently won a place on the Jo Cox Memorial Exchange trip to America, where she played an important part in sharing views on social cohesion and equality.
TAYLOR SMITH, 17 – FINALIST
Taylor, from Glasgow, is the Scottish, British and World Champion in hip hop dance and a fantastic role model for younger pupils and her peers at Drumchapel High, where she leads the dance team. As well as giving up her time to choreograph routines and support the girls at competitions and national showcase events, Taylor’s work is helping to change perceptions of the Drumchapel community and raising the confidence and self-esteem of its young people. Everyone who knows how hard Taylor works on raising aspirations and teaching young people to love dance, believe she is a real credit to her school, family and the whole community.
2017 Scotswoman of the Year
After the death of her mother, Glasgow broadcaster and writer Sally founded Playlist for Life in 2013, changing the way people with dementia are cared for across the UK.
The charity makes it possible for people with dementia to have access to meaningful music from their past.
It has now provided training for more than 1600 staff in 98 organisations and has won the backing of a wide range of health professionals – including GPs at a Glasgow care home who now describe Playlist for Life as part of medical care. The Care Inspectorate also recently announced its backing for the charity.
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For more information on submitting a nomination or to find out more about next year’s awards, please contact event organiser Holly Rutherford on 0141 302 6019.