Whilst these have of course traditionally been more male-dominated career areas, surely we have undergone a certain degree of evolution? Do these particular professional women feel that their career path is not worthy of an award or that their skills aren't valued?
Founder of PJ Care
Jan Flawn is the founder of PJ Care, a leading and award winning provider of specialist neurological care and neuro-rehabilitation for people with progressive or acquired neurological conditions. A registered nurse and former senior manager in the Department of Health, Jan set up PJ Care after seeing young people with neurological conditions having to live in inappropriate care homes for the elderly. PJ Care now runs three neurological care units in Milton Keynes on two sites and Eagle Wood Neurological Care Centre in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Katja Hall, chief policy director of the UK's leading business lobbying organisation, the CBI, said last year's First Women Awards winners are "true role models for future generations of women" and "are proof that the sky really is the limit when it comes to achieving." Two statements I agree with whole-heartedly and work hard to instil in other women in business and female entrepreneurs.
09/06/2015 09:59 BST
Suddenly, I could 'put myself up there' with other leaders of business. It was a life-changing event - one that has given me not only an added inner confidence and belief in myself, but has also helped to open doors which I would not ever have otherwise stepped through.
03/02/2015 15:10 GMT
I first became passionate about mentoring when I worked as a nurse in the NHS. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of helping people develop their skills by sharing experiences and knowledge...
14/07/2014 13:19 BST
I've always been competitive. I was a keen sportsperson and loved the feeling winning gave me - even when we played family games around the kitchen table, I hated losing. I've taken this competitive spirit into my life as an entrepreneur...
20/02/2014 13:50 GMT
To encourage more women to make the breakthrough into senior healthcare management roles, we need to do three things. Firstly, create a better network of support and advice for young female healthcare managers; secondly, provide more effective mentoring; and thirdly raise the profile of the current crop of female senior managers to be inspirational role models.
04/11/2013 13:21 GMT
Progress definitely also needs to be made in the healthcare sector. As I developed my company there were no women chairs or CEOs of large healthcare providers who I could look up to and seek inspiration from. Senior male healthcare managers have, quite literally, turned their back on me on a number of occasions. It is important that women entrepreneurs share their experiences and skills to benefit and support others.
09/07/2013 11:36 BST
When I was a nurse in the 1990s I was both upset and frustrated to see young people with neurological conditions having to live in inappropriate care homes for the elderly. I felt these young people, who were towards the end of their life, were being grossly let down. They deserved more appropriate age-specific care.
28/05/2013 15:41 BST
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