Inspiring Women


The Inspiring Women awards are back for a second year to recognise the outstanding effort of women in Redcar and Cleveland.

The week-long schedule of events, coinciding with International Women's Day, were launched in 2016 in response to a call sent out across the borough by Anna seeking ideas to recognise the late MP Mo Mowlam.

As part of this year’s awards, girls in years 10, 11 and 12 in Redcar and Cleveland will work shadow inspiring women from across the Tees Valley. 

The Royal Air Force will be supporting competitions in schools during the week, and there will be plenty of activities for adults to discover more about the inspirational women of Redcar and Cleveland, both past and present.

The project is inviting nominations from the community for women who they think have made significant contribution to Redcar and Cleveland under the following categories:

Inspirational women individual achievement award
An Individual award for outstanding achievements within the local community.

Inspirational women volunteer award
An individual award for those who have made a significant impact volunteering in their local community.

Inspirational women community contribution award
An individual award for a significant impact on their local community individually or as part of a larger group.

Inspirational women innovation award
An individual award for those who have used innovation to help their local community

Inspirational women inspiring others award
An individual award for helping to inspire others to make impact on their local community.

Inspirational women young woman award
An award for an individual under 18 who has made a significant impact to their local community

The deadline for submissions is the 17th of February

To nominate a local, inspiring woman, you can download or fill out a form online at:


The overall winner for 2016 Stacey Phoenix, a solicitor at Redcar-based Cygnet Family, was recognised for the significant impact she made on the local community. 

Stacey, who dedicates a substantial amount of her own time to provide help and support to domestic abuse and forced marriage victims, is encouraging residents of Redcar and Cleveland to nominate someone in their life who deserves the same recognition.

Stacey said:

“Redcar and Cleveland has so much to offer and we have been through some difficult times as a community, but all over the borough people are making such positive changes. So I think these awards are a great opportunity to say a ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’.

“I was overwhelmed when I won the Mo Mowlam award last year. My mum was there, who has been with me through everything, so it was lovely to be able to share it with my family.”

Anna said:

“We started this event last year as a way to commemorate Mo Mowlam and build on her legacy so it is great to welcome the Inspiring Women awards back for a second year.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, celebrating the achievements of brilliant local women like Stacey and providing opportunities for our young people to learn more and reach higher.

“I am really looking forward to this year’s awards and events and would encourage everyone who knows someone they find inspiring to submit a nomination. There are so many women making a huge difference in our area and this is a great opportunity to give them some recognition.”

Cllr Sue Jeffrey, Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council said:

“Stacey is a great example of the hardworking and dedicated women we have in our borough. Her achievements speak for themselves, and I’m delighted we have been able to give her this recognition which she thoroughly deserves.

“It would be fantastic if every year we could do the same for other women in Redcar and Cleveland who give so much to their communities. So I’m encouraging as many people as possible to nominate.

“I am particularly looking forward to the work shadowing, as it is important we inspire our younger people who may one day wish to become solicitors, MPs and leaders themselves.” 


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