Active Sussex double winner at Business Women Excellence Awards
Congratulations to Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex's Chief Executive, and Ruth Dacey, Active Sussex's PR and Communications Officer, who both scooped prestigious top honours on the night, after the glittering awards received a record number of nominations this year.
The Inspire Award
Sadie, who has positively contributed to sports development for over 20 years, won the prestigious Inspire Award, after leading and encouraging others, demonstrating determination and commitment through her work and continuing to inspire and advocate lifelong activity, particularly for women.
Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex Chief Executive (right), alongside joint-winner of The Inspire Award - Kathy Gore from Friends of Sussex Hospices.
Proving that advancing years are no boundary to remaining active, Sadie has recently been selected to represent Great Britain at next year's FIMBA European Maxibasketball Championships in Malaga, Spain, after playing a star role at the World Masters Basketball Championships in Finland this Summer.
"I'm delighted to win this award. It's a great honour and privilege to be recognised alongside amazing Sussex business women and female led businesses," Sadie said.
"Similarly, I feel blessed to still be able to play basketball, and wear my country’s colours with pride. Being part of the FIMBA movement has opened opened up a whole new level of international basketball opportunities to older players, particularly women. Not only does it raise the profile of masters’ basketball worldwide, the sport promotes lifelong activity and social inclusion, particularly for women who otherwise may simply have stopped engaging in sport for no reason other than advancing age. Well age is just a shirt number when it comes to basketball!”
"I’d also like to congratulate all the winners and those nominated for the Business Women Excellence Awards - to be part of this amazing group of women is very special."
Digital Woman of the Year
Ruth, who was also a finalist in the Inspire Award category, won the innovative Digital Woman of the Year award for demonstrating ground-breaking and successful results in the area of digital innovation in the last 18 months.
Ruth Dacey, Active Sussex's PR and Communications Officer (right), alongside Digital Woman of the Year joint-winner - Pauline Baker of Ringmaster Marketing (left) and award presenter and keynote speaker Sam Harrington-Lowe (centre), founder of Title Media.
The international award-winning journalist has created inspiring and engaging content in various forms and distributed it across a range of digital and traditional media channels.
This includes some of her most recent inspirational video work:
Ruth, also edited the Active Sussex Annual Report 2018-19, which demonstrates the organisations impact at the forefront and written in-line with the organisation’s visionary Active Sussex Strategy 2018-2023.
The Sheffield born writer and journalist, is PR and Communications lead for Active Sussex events and over the past 18 months this has included the Sussex Sports Awards 2018 and 2019, the Specsavers Sussex School Games 2019, the Sussex Parallel Youth Games 2019 and Active Sussex networking events.
Ruth (left), alongside the Sussex Sports Awards 2019 media team, and, Kriss Akabusi MBE.
"It’s very special to have won this award and it’s an honour to be named alongside inspirational and amazing women who are pioneering the way for women in business,” the 30-year-old said.
"I am passionate about working in the digital sphere and the impact it can have, when done well, on people’s lives and society.
"The whole team here is about bringing people together to make Sussex a happier and healthier place and it’s a privilege to be able to contribute to this vital work."
Active Sussex was also named as a finalist in The Wellness Award category which recognises a female led business that has made a positive impact on the lives of their clients, promotes good practice to gain new clients and at the same time maintains excellent levels of service for current ones.
Over the past year the organisation’s work has included gathering local intelligence, supporting the workforce, strategic networking, strong leadership and working in collaboration. A whole system approach has been used to help people who are most at risk of inactivity across Sussex.
"The whole Active Sussex team works incredibly hard to ensure sport and physical activity focuses on the people and places most in need of the support we can offer and to have this celebrated is fantastic," Sadie said.
The BWE awards, in its fourth year, stretched across the whole of the county and were staged to celebrate the success of today’s very best females in business.
Fazia Shafeek, Managing Director of Carrot Events Ltd who run the Business Women Excellence Awards - Sussex Edition, said: "The business world is full of businesses run or headed by women who not only run successful businesses but in many cases also juggle the needs of their families.
"Our business awards are designed to recognise the achievement of these women across a wide range of business categories."