Award-winner returns to host ceremony

Swinton woman Jackie Freeborn with her award.
Swinton woman Jackie Freeborn with her award.

AN AWARD-WINNING business leader from Kilnhurst is to host an event celebrating women from all walks of life.

Jackie Freeborn will take on presenting duties at the 2012 Rotherham Athena Awards this month, a year after she received a top award at the ceremony.

She was one of 17 local women from public organisations, the private sector, voluntary and community groups to be honoured.

Jackie, Chief Executive of Business and Education South Yorkshire, said she was delighted to be asked back as host.

She said: “I feel thoroughly honoured to be asked to host the Athena Awards 2012, recognising and celebrating the unique and abundant contribution women continue to make in our society.

“As well as learning from others worldwide, equally inspiring has been the opportunity to share ideas and develop projects with many women and men who share my passion for supporting our young people to achieve the best they possibly can.

“Athena has also served as a platform and a strong foundation for me to recognise my own strengths and have the confidence to follow my own leadership principles and capabilities through what has been an incredibly challenging year both personally and professionally.

“I am grateful to Rotherham for investing in Athena, and for investing in me. “

The Rotherham Athena Award is affiliated to the US-based Athena International Programme, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012 and which aims to honour female leaders across the world.

Since it was launched locally in 2005, scores of Rotherham women have become Athena Honourees, having been nominated for the award.

Jackie will host the awards at the Holiday Inn in Rotherham on Friday, March 23.