Merseyside Women of the Year Awards 2018



Sue Connerty took the overall title of Merseyside Woman of the Year and amongst the other winners honoured at the Merseyside Women of the Year Awards 2018 were Alison Lobb, Barbara Spicer and Angela O’Connor.

They were amongst a host of Merseyside women singled out for their achievements in the fields of business, arts, health, charity and voluntary work.

Over 450 people turned out to see them receive their awards at the glamorous ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, organised by 3 busy women Jean Gadsby, Elaine Owen and Ellie Kerr.

The atmosphere was electrifying, at times emotional and absolutely inspirational as guests recognised the extraordinary success of the local women who have inspired, educated and ‘put back’ into local community and created economic growth of the region.

Celebrating 15 years of the awards, the event organisers announced the launch of a new and exciting development; The Merseyside Women’s Fund which will be managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.  The fund will address key challenges facing women in Merseyside and provide the opportunity for women to support other women in our region.


The winners were as follows:

Merseyside Woman of the Year 2018


Winner – Sue Connerty

Sue dedicates her time to helping parents with children affected by a rare condition collectively known as Microcephalic Primordial Dwarfism (MPD).

She co-founded the charity Walking With Giants Foundation in 2008 with her husband, after her own son was diagnosed with Majewski Osteodysplastic Primordial Dwarfism Type II (MOPDII).

Back then there was little information or understanding about MPD in the UK or around the world.

Sue left work to run the charity and has changed so many lives for the better, all over the world. She works through time zones, being available day and night.

Every year, she brings families throughout the world to Liverpool for a convention for MPD.

Here, children can be themselves without fear of stares or remarks, as well as have medical people on hand. They can just be children, thanks to Sue.

In 2014, her son was re-diagnosed with a subtype of MPD called Traipe after doctors, through WWGF, began in-depth research on different types of Primordial Dwarfism.

BusinessLeader – sponsored by DLA Piper

Winner – Barbara Spicer


Spirit of the City – sponsored by Merseyside Women of the Year

Winner Alison Lobb


Women Making a Difference – sponsored by Leonard Curtis

Winner – Lorna Brookes

Runner up – Carol Hamlett


Inspirational Women – sponsored by The Community Foundation for Merseyside

Winner – Sue Connerty

Winner – Lizz Peatfield

Runner up – Anne Doran


YoungApprentice – sponsored by Alder Training

Winner – Emma Oakes

Runner Up – Alex Knight


            SocialImpact – sponsored by Women In Business

Winner – Angela O’Connor

Runner up – Anne Lundon

Runner up – Maxine Ennis


Community Change – Sponsored by Neo and Addvanced Solutions

Winner – Amy Butterworth

Runner up – Julie Lawson

Runner up – Chrissie Byrne





Arts & Culturesponsored by Merseyside Women of the Year

Winner – Rare Studio

Runner Up – Julia Samuels


Entrepreneur – Sponsored by Brabners

Winner – Katie Walker

Runner Up – Rebecca Houghton


Women of Couragesponsored by Courage and Sparkle Foundation

Winner – Carley Attewell-Rolfe

Womens Group – Sponsored by Knowsley Chamber of Commerce

Winner – Honeysuckle Bereavement Team

Runner Up – Tomorrow’s Women Wirral


 Best Supporting Male – Remembering Julie Award – Sponsored by Andy Shute

Winner – Graham Walton



Elaine Owen one of the organisers of Merseyside Women of the Year said: “What a fabulous inspirational day celebrating Merseyside’s fantastic women and their amazing achievements –its uplifting and encouraging being part of it all.  We are particularly pleased to announce the launch of the Merseyside Women’s Fund and as founding partners we are delighted that this fund will specifically help women in Merseyside and will bemanaged by the Community Foundation for Merseyside. 

Headline sponsors were Michael W Halsall Solicitors.

Collette McCann from Michael W Halsall Solicitors said;

“This is the fifth year in a row that we have sponsored this incredible event.   Michael W Halsall solicitors are extremely pleased to be involved in such a fantastic inspirational event that advocates and showcase’s what we believe in; Goodwill, Going the extra mile and recognising those who really give back to our business, professional and local communities.

Every finalist was a worthy winner in our eyes. The challenges overcome and the determination shown both professionally and personally makes them all an inspiration to the whole of Merseyside.  We are very proud that the event is a founding partner of the new Merseyside Women’s Fund and we look forward to seeing it successfully help and serve women across Merseyside.



It is the mission of the Merseyside Women of the Year organisers to celebrate women’s achievements, to reward the best of the best and leave an enduring legacy for the next generation of Women to be inspired.


For more information or photographs of winners, finalists etc please contact Elaine Owen or Tom Buchanan
t: 0151 653 3338 / m 07769154643



Font Resize