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Spotlight Award

Our Spotlight Award goes to a woman in the spotlight, someone whose contribution is noteworthy and inspirational. She has been born in Scotland or lives and works in Scotland.

Some of the women will be well known, others should be better known for their accomplishments. All inspire us to aim higher.

The shortlist is selected by Scottish Women in Business and is voted for by you!

It's really quick and easy to cast your vote using our voting form.


Vivien Currie - SWIB Spotlight AwardVivien Currie MBE, Accountant to Chief Executive to the 1st female boss of Scottish football club before becoming Livingstons Chief Executive. She later took the top job at Hamilton Park Racecourse. She received an MBE for services to racecourse management.








Marion White - SWIB Spotlight AwardMarion White MBE - Director of fatBuzz, received an MBE in 2016 for her services to charity in Scotland, having been involved for over 20 years. Starting out working with KIND Scotland, a charity focusing on disadvantaged kids who are either in need and/or distress.








Clare Nelson - SWIB Spotlight AwardClaire Nelson, CEO Netball Scotland - transformational and visionary CEO recognised for delivering industry leading growth across organisational profile, profitability and performance. Women’s sports brand specialist, industry pioneer & recognised globally as a Game Changer!







Madeleine Black - SWIB Spotlight AwardMadeleine Black, realising her voice is her strength she speaks out against sexual violence for those who haven’t found their voice yet. People are not defined by what happened to them, it’s never too late to heal from sexual violence & turn life around.








Sue Black - SWIB Spotlight AwardProf Dame Sue Black, DBE a leading anatomist & forensic anthropologist. She was the lead forensic anthropologist for the UK response to war crimes investigations in Kosovo and has also served in Sierra Leone, Grenada, Iraq and in Thailand following the Asian tsunami.








Shirley Ann Robertson  - SWIB Spotlight AwardShirley Ann Robertson, OBE Shirley is a Scottish sailor and Olympic gold medallist. She made it into the history books by becoming the first British woman to win two Olympic gold medals at consecutive games, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.








Cor Hutton - SWIB Spotlight AwardCor Hutton, lost her hands & feet to sepsis in 2013 & set up a charity, Finding your Feet (FYF) to offer support to amputees in all stages of their journey. She meets with health, education & NHS personnel, and is a motivational speaker. Cor is a triathlete & world record holder.







Judy Murray - SWIB Spotlight AwardJudy Murray OBE a former Scottish international tennis player with 64 national titles. She became Scottish National Coach in '95, also becoming the first woman to pass the Lawn Tennis Association’s Performance Coach Award. She initiated the Scottish Development School programme.







Polly Purvis - SWIB Spotlight AwardPolly Purvis, OBE a much-loved figure in Scotland’s technology community. Polly led ScotlandIS, digital technologies from '04 - '19 & helped establish digital academy Code Clan '15. Polly campaigns for skills shortage & gender gap within Scotland’s digital technology sector.







Suzanne Wolff - SWIB Spotlight AwardSuzanne Wolff, MBE In '14 Wolff was the first woman to take part in a Formula One race weekend in 22 years at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. In '16, she joined Channel 4 to be an analyst for F1 coverage. In '18, Wolff joined the Venturi Formula E Team as Team Principal.