Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Becci Bryant has been shortlisted for a nationally recognised award.
Fortunately now there is an acceptance that wasn’t there when I started. There has been a realisation that our workforce needs to reflect the communities we serve and that means employing women and acknowledging the contribution that they can make
The FL National Awards and Summit, now in its ninth year, aims to recognise and promote the pipeline of female talent in the UK, across a diverse range of industry sectors,
Fifty-one female business changers in the Midlands region have been named. They will compete across 11 categories, including business, not for profit, technology and more.
Women are not solely responsible for bridging the gender gap in business so this year, top ‘male agents of change’ will be announced. These are men who are championing and leading the drive for diversity and inclusivity in their businesses and the wider community.
Becci, who has been shortlisted in two categories: Corporate Leader and Diversity Champion of the Year said: “I’m delighted to have been nominated for the FL Awards. It’s a 100 years since women got the right to vote in the UK, yet female chief executives in the FTSE 100 are still outnumbered by male bosses who earn 77 percent more than their female counterparts.
Becci is the first woman in England to have achieved the prestigious position of Chief Fire Officer after beginning her career as an operational firefighter. “I have witnessed first-hand how the fire and rescue service has changed over the years. When I joined there was a view by a lot of my colleagues that women weren’t cut out to be firefighters. This was reflected on the incident ground when members of the public would be shocked to see a woman in charge of an incident. I could have let it get on top of me but actually it had the opposite effect and gave me even more drive and ambition.
“Fortunately now there is an acceptance that wasn’t there when I started. There has been a realisation that our workforce needs to reflect the communities we serve and that means employing women and acknowledging the contribution that they can make.”
This year’s judges includes Sahar Hashemi Founder of Coffee Republic; Linda Plant of The Apprentice; Bill Henry, retired PWC partner and Forward Ladies Advisory Board Member; Rachel Hannan, Angel Investor; Ajax Ahmed, founder of Free Serve; Catherine Doran, Former CIO of Royal Mail Group and Nigel Lockett, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Lancaster University Management School.