Aoife Doolan

Aoife Doolan | HMCTS

Aoife is currently Head of Accessibility and Inclusion within Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service Reform Programme. The Reform Programme is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the entire HM Courts and Tribunals Service, enhancing the provision of a world-class justice system, in a manner that provides an improved user experience at reduced cost to the taxpayer. Aoife’s role is focussed on defining and developing the assisted digital service provision for the criminal, family, civil and tribunal justice systems - an ambitious and challenging task but one that will ensure that access to justice is maintained and even improved for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Aoife is passionate about issues of accessibility, inclusion and equality and has spent the last four years since arriving in the UK from Australia dedicated to developing public services which are accessible, easy to use, digital by design and default, and well supported for non-digital users.

Susan Russell

Susan Russell | Festivals Edinburgh


Susan has spent the last twelve years working across tourism and cultural roles and is currently the Marketing Manager at Festivals Edinburgh, the strategic umbrella organisation for the city’s 12 major festivals.  Susan leads on delivering major integrated campaigns promoting the Festival City within the UK and in key international markets.  Susan has led on many key projects, including growing the annual PR output from an initial £100,000 PR AVE to in excess of £16m.

In January Susan launched Women In Tourism, a not-for-profit which aims to support, develop and motivate women within the sector to reach positions of leadership.  Susan chairs a committee of nine with the most recent development the results of an industry-wide survey to identify the challenges and opportunities for women within the sector.  Susan is aso a committee member of Tourism Society Scotland and on the Steering Group of Edinburgh’s China’s Ready Group.


Rising Star in Tourism Shortlist 2016


Hannah Cotton

Hannah Cotton | Transport for London

 Assistant Manager | Transport for London

I'm a high achieving middle manager, whose career started 11 years ago within Intelligence at the MPS. I moved to TfL nine years ago and have worked on challenging and exciting projects, including congestion charging, traffic enforcement and cycle super highways. The pinnacle of my career to date was as Operations Manager for the Olympic Route Network, and I've been hoping for similarly challenging roles since. A keen believer in extra curricular activities, I volunteer my time to the schools outreach programme. I care passionately about violence against women, coordinating events to help and inform colleagues if they are someone they know is affected.  I'm thrilled to be nominated and thank my coaching partners for this opportunity.


Rising Star in Public Sector Shortlist 2016


Sara Edwards

Sara Edwards | Ministry of Justice

 Resources Manager One | Ministry of Defence

I currently work within the Intelligence, Surveillance, Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Operating Centre (OC) within Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) which is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) organisation. In my role as resources manager my main challenge is getting the right resource into the OC…sounds simpler than it has proven to be! I work at the forefront of an OC which with has a business critical portfolio of work to deliver in the Defence arena and I keep up-to-date and on top of resourcing pressures, often using innovative ways to recruit and challenging the norm of how we have done this in the past to deliver what the OC needs. Previous to joining the MOD I was in the retail environment serving as an Assistant Manager. I really enjoy working in MOD and DE&S, it’s equipped me with skills and knowledge to progress and grow within my career.


Temitope Roberta Lawal

Temitope Roberta Lawal | Ministry of Justice

 Recruitment Hub Manager - HR | Ministry of Justice

Temitope Roberta Lawal is a Recruitment Hub Manager at the Ministry of Justice. She is dedicated to improving recruitment in her organisation and successfully leads a team of Recruitment Advisors. Temitope is resilient, interested in helping her community and the overall Justice system, that is why she became a Magistrate and now volunteers her time to hear evidence in Court which will allow her, together with other bench members, to decide whether a defendant is guilty or not and, if he/she is, the appropriate sentence. In her spare time Temitope enjoys singing, reading books and making clothes.


Rising Star in Public Sector Shortlist 2016


Emma Redman

Emma Redman | Southend Council

 Senior Practitioner | Southend Council

Emma Redman is a dynamic, thoughtful and vital role model working within the social care industry for over 13 years. Currently leading a team of drug and alcohol workers and volunteers as a Senior Practitioner, supporting the vulnerable youth of Southend deal with an array of complex issues and provide opportunities to enhance their future. As an emotionally demanding role it is hard to switch off, Emma has an exceptional track record of enabling others to make positive change and puts her heart and soul into supporting her team and young people.

In Emma’s spare time, she continues to support others by fundraising, most recently raising over £5000 to help a friend with MS, being a listening ear and offering encouragement to those in need as well as occasional volunteering work. Young adults Emma supported in the past still turn to her for help and advice which she willingly gives. As well as enhancing the life of others Emma actively does this for herself and has gained qualifications in Social Science, Health and Social care, Coaching and Counselling; is currently working toward a foundation project management qualification to broaden the range of skills she brings to the workplace.

Emma is the founder and captain of a local Netball Team, Pink Spirit, which was established in 2007 to support breast cancer charities, and others close to the team members raising over £3k to date. Emma believes in encouraging women to participate in sport to improve overall wellbeing and is proud of the environment her club provides.

As a travel enthusiast, Emma’s ambiton is to travel the world. She has visited 20 countries to date and is naturally designed for the beach (Just not Southend Beach!).


Sara Reid

Sara Reid | Aberdeenshire Council

 Service Development Coordinator | Aberdeenshire Council

My footwear says it all!  Following a lengthy career in commercial radio, I made the move to the public sector 3 years ago and I brought some innovative thinking and a great deal of enthusiasm with me.

It’s a heck of a leap from breakfast show producer to a local authority ICT team, but my skillset has proved invaluable in my current role – it’s all about passion and communication in a work environment where we constantly have to be looking to the future.

I expected to drive continuous improvement through my fresh approach to delivering digital technology, what I didn’t expect was that my greatest achievement would be championing the team in providing support to Aberdeenshire’s children in care, as they move into the workplace.

I’m proud to be one of several women, vital to the efficient operation of a predominantly male (and technical) team and delighted to be nominated.


Rising Star in Public Sector Shortlist 2016


Colleen Henderson

Colleen Henderson (was Pinkman) | Aberdeenshire Council

 Business Analyst | Aberdeenshire Council

After gaining a Master’s in Criminology I spent several years in violence reduction, focusing on Violence against women and Human trafficking before working as a policy specialist with the Scottish Legal Aid Board.

A career change took me into Business Analysis with Aberdeenshire Council in 2013 and I have loved every minute!

I always try to push myself and I undertook an invaluable opportunity to act up as manager of my team for 9 months, during this time I also passed the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.

I believe there is a solution for every problem, I try to tackle challenges with positivity and good humour.  It’s so important to have faith in yourself and be Brave.

I am a Director of my local village Development Trust & have been part of the organising team for the Aberdeen & Shire Crohn’s & Colitis UK branch for 3 years.


Rising Star in Public Sector Shortlist 2016


Lorraine Eyers

Lorraine Eyers | Greater London Authority

 Public Liaison Officer | Greater London Authority

I have been a Public Liaison Officer working at the Greater London Authority since 2000. I have spent most of my working life in the Public Liaison Team but left the team for two secondment opportunities in the Mayor’s office and the Equalities team. During those years I was involved in higher stakeholder and public engagement initiatives and projects and found the roles challenging, rewarding, and motivating working with London’s diverse communities. My passion lies in community work, and in particular issues around young people and women. I have worked on establishing a network that supports women, celebrating their achievements, creating learning and sharing forum for staff and encouraging women into more senior positions in the organisation.

I love the work I do for the Women of London City Hall Network and am tremendously proud of the work myself and my fantastic steering group has achieved.


Rising Star in Public Sector Shortlist 2016