14 September 2019 | Press release

Rise, the award-winning advocate group for gender diversity within the broadcast manufacturing and services sector, has announced the winners of its first ever Rise Awards, in association with Avid, at this year’s IBC.

The judges saw over 100 nominations of women in a variety of roles and across the globe, in categories including: Business, Engineering, Marketer/PR, Rising Star, Sales, Technical Operations, and Woman of the Year (sponsored by Grass Valley).

The ceremony saw Morwen Williams, Head of UK Operations, BBC News presented with the Woman of The Year Award. Chosen by the Rise Advisory Board, Morwen has had an important year, having being promoted to Head of UK Operations at the BBC and appointed chair of the World’s Broadcasting Union’s International Media Connectivity Group. In addition, she has been chosen to complete an Executive Education programme at Harvard University on Media Transformation Challenge.

As well as her professional achievements, the board cited additional reasons that led to her being chosen as the winner. They said: “She has relentless positivity and enthusiasm and is a fantastic role model across the sector.. Although she is incredibly busy, she continues to take the time to be involved in the Rise mentoring programme and has been a superb mentor for the last two years.”

The other winners of the 2019 Rise Awards, and those shortlisted, are as follows: 

Business (sponsored by Adobe)

**WINNER** Natascha Cadle, Creative Director and Co-Founder, ENVY

  • Marina Kalkanis, CEO and Co-Founder, M2A Media
  • Monique Ellis, Chief Operations Officer, Massive

Engineering (sponsored by Clear-Com)

**WINNER** Gemma Ebs, Software Engineer, Media and Broadcast, BT

  • Cary Hughes,Design Engineer, Sky UK
  • Stefania Popescu, Systems Engineer, Sky UK

Marketer/PR

**WINNER** Lucy Speed,Marketing and PR Manager, Discovery

  • Allison Duval,Group Marketing Manager, Procam Projects
  • Felicity Webster,Marketing Manager, BT Media and Broadcast

Rising Star (sponsored by Avid Customer Association)

*WINNER* Shannon Albrink,Junior Editor, Therapy Studios

  • Lauren Wald,Part-time R&D Engineer, BBC R&D
  • Rhianna Steele,Media Manager, IMG

Sales (sponsored by disguise)

**WINNER** Charlotte Latham, Manager of Sales and Operations, CueScript

  • Laura Kirkland,Strategic Account Director, Grass Valley
  • Nicki Fisher, EMEA Sales Director, Clear-Com

Technical Operations (sponsored by Sundog Media Tools)

**WINNER** Lorraine Panman,Portfolio Project Manager, Massive

  • Emma Johnson,MCR Manager, West Digital Post Production
  • Julie Ritson, Picture Correspondent, BBC News

For more information about Rise, and Rise Awards, please visit here: http://risewib.com/

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