Red Magazine celebrate women of 2011

In an award show yesterday afternoon attended by Lisa Snowdon, Anya Hindmarch MBE, Louise Redknapp and Jo Whiley to name only a few, a host of females were celebrated for their work.

Red magazine have revealed the winners of its annual Red’s Hot Women Awards 2011, which celebrate British women in the workplace.

“This year has seen impressive female talent in the digital arena, with outgoing AOL Senior VP of Sales & Operations Kate Burns winning the Internet category and blogger Sasha Wilkins, AKA Liberty London Girl, also picking up an award at this year’s prestigious ceremony.” the magazine say.

Further accolades for inspiring women have gone to Angela Ahrendts, chief executive of Burberry, within the Fashion category, April Bloomfield, co-owner and head chef atThe Spotted Pig, New York for The Rose Gray Food Pioneer award and Harriet Lamb, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation for the Ethical / Eco category.

Flying the flag for female talent in traditionally male environments are Alex Crawford, Sky News special correspondent and war zone reporter, and Karyn McCluskey, co-director of the Violence Reduction Unit of Scotland and pioneer in tackling gang violence.

As Britain gets into full swing for London 2012, Es Devlin, stage designer for the Olympics, has also been singled out and picks up the award in the Creative Category. Recognising emerging talent, Barbara Soetan, a social campaigner was recognized in the Women to Watch category, supported by euphoria Calvin Klein, for her impressive work for young people.

The winners were announced at a Champagne afternoon tea ceremony hosted by Lauren Laverne at the St. Pancras Renaissance hotel. Lisa Snowdon, Anya Hindmarch MBE, Louise Redknapp (pictured right) and Jo Whiley were some of the guests in attendance for the gong show.

Sam Baker, Red Magazine Editor-in-Chief, said: “It’s fantastic once again to see such inspirational women being recognised for their success in the workplace. The level of talent is higher than ever and I congratulate everyone on their success so far and look forward to seeing what 2012 brings.”

The Red’s Hot Women Awards winners

  • Blogger

Sasha Wilkins, 37, Liberty London Girl, <>
For championing blogging as a career of choice and fearlessly turning her passion into a commercial success, inspiring others along the way.

  • Community / Charity

Karyn McCluskey, 46, co-director, Violence Reduction Unit of Scotland
For spearheading an anti-gang initiative that has achieved impressive results, setting an example for the rest of the UK.

  • Creative

Es Devlin, 40, stage designer for the Olympics
For pushing the boundaries within her industry and helping to position British theatre design as a world-class force to reckoned with.

  • Media

Alex Crawford, 49, Sky News special correspondent
For being the best in her field, regardless of gender, and silencing the critics who say that a war zone is no place for a woman.

  • Pioneer

Sarah West, 40, Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy
For smashing a 500-year old glass ceiling and proving that military skill has nothing to do with gender.

  • Start-Up

Julie Deane and Freda Thomas, 44 and 73, Cambridge Satchel Company
For making a success of a home grown business and utilising the best of traditional British craftsmanship to create a product that defies the trend for disposable fashion.

  • Women to Watch

Barbara Soetan, 24, social campaigner
At a young age, Barbara has displayed a tireless passion to campaign on important social issues, such a youth and gender equality.

  • Ethical / Eco

Harriet Lamb, 50, executive director, Fairtrade Foundation
For making the Fairtrade mark a trusted symbol on our supermarket shelves and putting Britain at the forefront of countries for fighting for Fairtrade.

  • Fashion

Angela Ahrendts, 50, chief executive officer, Burberry
For transforming Burberry into one of the most powerful style brands in the world and being one of the few women running a FTSE 100 company.

  • Internet

Kate Burns, 40, outgoing senior vice president, sales and operations, AOL Europe
For being a true pioneer in digital media and advertising, Kate is a role model for women in the digital age.


  • Cherry Canovan, 39, physicist

For putting her money where her mouth is and, after complaining about the lack of women in physics, becoming one herself. With a new family and a new career, Cherry encourages other women, and young mums to do the same.

  • Rose Gray Food Pioneer

April Bloomfield, 37, co-owner and head chef at The Spotted Pig, New York
For introducing the British gastro-pub to the US and creating a mini gastronomic empire in Manhattan.


  • Food

Jane Mason, 40, founder, Virtuous Bread
For turning the trend for home-baking into a charitable enterprise that offers people of all backgrounds an opportunity to take control of their finances and work/life balance.

  • Internet

Belinda Parmer, 37, founder,
For creating a business that both engages women with IT and the digital world, but also encourages them and future generations, addressing an important gender gap.

  • Pioneer

Cary Marsh, 39, CEO and founder,
For making a noise about the under-representation of women in science and putting herself forward as a role model for the next generation.

The judges for this year’s awards, which recognise the achievements of women across industries from fashion to the internet and charity to food, include some of the most inspiring professional women in Britain; Sam Baker, Editor-in-Chief, Red magazine, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, Partner, DLA Piper, Gillian Tett, US managing editor, Financial Times,Lorna Clarke, Network Manager Radio 2 & 6, Karren Brady, Vice-Chairman, West Ham Utd FC, Sarah Brown, Charity Campaigner, Karen Mattison MBE, Director, Women Like Us, Anya Hindmarch MBE and Kirsty Dale, Public Relations Director, Coty Prestige UK and Elisabeth Murdoch CEO and Chairman, Shine Group.

The event was in association with euphoria Calvin Klein. David Allan, MD Coty Prestige in behalf of Calvin Klein fragrances, adds; “We are thrilled to associate euphoria Calvin Klein, one of our power-house fragrances, with a genuine Award that recognises talented women who really are making a difference. Our congratulations go to them all.”