Active Sussex four-time finalist for Business Women Excellence Awards
And congratulations to Active Sussex who are represented as a finalist four times, across three award categories, after the prestigious awards received a record number of nominations this year.
Active Sussex has been named as a finalist in The Wellness Award while individually Chief Executive Sadie Mason MBE and Ruth Dacey, the organisation's PR and Communications Officer, have been named as finalists in The Inspire Award. Ruth is also a finalist in the Digital Woman of the Year category.
Sadie, who has positively contributed to sports development for over 20 years, was shortlisted by a panel of expert judges, after leading inspirational Active Sussex work over the past 12 months.
"It is an absolute honour to have been named as a finalist again on behalf of Active Sussex. These are very special awards because they recognise the achievement of amazing women, some of whom are leading great teams across a wide range of businesses," Sadie, winner of The Wellness Award last year, said.
"Here at Active Sussex, the whole team ensures that we help people who are most at risk of inactivity across the county by working collaboratively to change lives for the better through physical activity and sport and to have this showcased at this year's awards is fantastic."
The Wellness Award 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.
Active Sussex has also made a positive impact through ongoing campaigns such as This Girl Can, and through the organisations work areas including Workforce and Insight, Disability and Inclusion, Education including support around Primary PE & Sport Premium, and Satellite Clubs.
The organisation has also delivered high calibre events including the Sussex Sports Awards 2018, the Specsavers Sussex School Games 2019 and the Parallel Youth Games – the only multi-sport participation event for children with disabilities in Sussex.
The Inspire Award celebrates those who have inspired and encouraged others and demonstrating determination and commitment through their work.
Proving that advancing years are no boundary to remaining active, Sadie recently represented Great Britain at the World Masters Basketball Championships in Finland and continues to inspire and advocate lifelong activity, particularly for women.
As a natural storyteller, Ruth, an 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:
The Digital Woman of the Year award recognises talented, ground-breaking women who excel in the digital space. The award will go to a woman who has demonstrated successful results in the area of digital innovation in the last 18 months.
Ruth, a NCTJ multimedia sports journalist, was shortlisted by a panel of expert judges, after leading inspirational Active Sussex communications work.
"It’s very special to have been named as a finalist in two categories 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."
The Sheffield born writer and former King Ecgbert School pupil, 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.
Ruth, who graduated from The University of Manchester, 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.
The BWE awards, in its fourth year, stretch across the whole of the county and are 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."
The prestigious black-tie Gala final for the 2019 Business Women Excellence Awards - Sussex Edition will take place at The Grand Hotel, Brighton, on the 21 November 2019.