With Mei Sim Lai
Thanking the attendees for their support
The annual awards recognising the achievements of Asian women in the UK
On 16 May Cherie attended The Asian Women of Achievement Awards of which she is Patron. This is a prestigious and inspirational event that takes place annually in London. Now in its 13th year the ceremony applauds and celebrates the commitment, dedication and determination of Asian women from all over the country and from all walks of life.
The awards recognise all levels of achievement made by Asian women in the UK - whether professional or personal - within the commercial, professional, artistic and humanitarian sectors and they help to raise public awareness of their diverse talents. The Awards' founder Pinky Lilani said: "These women are remarkably talented and are true trailblazers in their individual sectors and specialities, but they all share one common goal: to make a positive difference for young Asian women."
From a shortlist of 52 candidates, the winners of the eleven categories are:
The Arts & Culture Award
Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director, The Tricycle Theatre, for her "astounding achievements" in theatre, having also directed at the National Theatre, The Royal Court and The Almeida.
Business Woman of the Year
Vicky Shu, lead project engineer, Shell UK, for her delivery of ground-breaking projects in the offshore gas industry and her support of young female engineers entering the industry; "a future trailblazer".
The Social & Humanitarian Award
Rena Amin, head of medicine management, Greenwich PCT - a passionate contributor to numerous community initiatives, she had "an exceptional personal story".
Young Achiever of the Year
Jia-Yan Gu, researcher, BT Group - for leading collaborative scientific research projects across the world, and her charity work supporting female victims of sexual abuse; "her moral compass is extremely strong".
Professional of the Year
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, solicitor and actress, Hamilton Burns W.S. Solicitors - providing legal services to black and minority ethnic women, whilst aspiring to be Scotland's first Asian female MSP; "a whirlwind of passion".
The Public Service Award
Mei Sim Lai, principal, LaiPeters & Co - "for her phenomenal dedication to public service throughout her adult life", and as the first Chinese and female partner of a leading firm of City chartered accountants.
Media Professional of the Year
Sangita Myska, BBC News correspondent - for her involvement in the secret filming of Bulgarian child traffickers and being a key reporter in last year's London riots.
The Entrepreneur Award
Farida Gibbs, CEO and founder of GibbsS3, Europe's fastest-growing IT staffing and consulting business.
The Chairman's Award
Sungjoo Kim, CEO and chairperson of luxury fashion brand MCM Holdings AG for "overcoming widespread prejudice and family opposition to become one of her country's most highly respected entrepreneurs".
The Community Award
Cisco - for making a difference in the community through their academies and teaching schemes, with "a credible strategy of progress and implementation with positive and emerging results".
Cherie was delighted to present the Public Service Award to Mei Sim Lai and very much enjoyed meeting the candidates along with their families and friends.
As a founding Patron of the Awards she expressed her appreciaton to everyone taking part for supporting this very special annual event.