3M BIC CEO recognised for her services to women in business

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Our CEO Prof Liz Towns-Andrews has been shortlisted in the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016, in the Yorkshire and Humber STEM category, and will go up against other women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics sector in the region at the end of the year.

A chemist by trade, Prof Towns-Andrews has held numerous directorships of spin-out and start-up companies and understands the needs and challenges of SMEs. She played a pivotal role in establishing the 3M BIC as a platform to showcase the University’s capabilities and facilitate academic and industry collaborations, as well as providing SMEs with the right tools to grow.

Liz said: “It’s an honour to be shortlisted by Forward Ladies and be recognised for my business achievements over the years. My vision for the 3M BIC was to support the growth of local and regional SMEs, giving them a place they could access pioneering technology and funding streams, as well as academic and industry collaborations, that otherwise would have been out of their reach.

As a woman in a male dominated science and engineering sector, I have faced a lot of challenges and barriers, but I learnt not to give up. As I’ve progressed up the career ladder and broken barriers, other women have followed. Although the industry is changing, I believe that more women should be encouraged into the STEM sector. Not many women are at the helm of science and engineering companies, and I’d like to see that change.”

The Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards celebrate and champion the achievements of females in the workplace. Four regional award ceremonies will take place across the country later this year. The category winners from the regional awards will then face a live judging panel in November, and will then go up against finalists from the other regions in the national Grand Final in December.

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