The Marketing Excellence Venus Award Results

Our CEO, Tamara Gillan writes about how she is honoured to have won the Marketing Excellence Award.

What a wonderful year…but still a way to go.

I’m honoured to have won the Marketing Excellence Venus Award this week, especially to be recognised amongst so many talented women, including the incredible Gemma Mason of Superdrug, and Becky Brock from John Lewis. The Venus Awards, dubbed by Channel 4 as “The Working Women’s Oscars”, celebrate the vital contribution that women in business make to the local, regional, and national economy.

It was fittingly held at the Wardoff Astoria, 99 years to the day when Nancy Astor – wife of William Wardoff Astor – became the first woman in parliament.

We’ve come a long way in 99 years, but the events of the #MeTo movement show there is still an incredibly long way to go. 2018 saw our industry, like many others, come together in an effort to be more inclusive and combat gender inequality. Organisations like Creative Equals, Women in Marketing, timeTo continue to make sure this vital issue remains a priority for marketing and creative professionals.

There has also been recognition and action to insure marketing reflects and celebrates all women, and we have been lucky enough to work with visionary brands like Simply Be, Saga, and Superdrug whose campaigns have diversity at their heart.

2018 began with planning our Wonder Women panel which met on International Women’s Day to share stories and press for progress. Campaigns and clients have been rightly rewarded with N Brown’s Ann Steer and Superdrug’s Gemma Mason both picking up wins at the Women in Marketing Awards. Our industry has the power to make significant impact and change. Let’s hope that 2019 sees even more of that.

by Tamara Gillan

Tamara Gillan

CEO & Founder, Cherry London
Change-agent & partnerships expert and Trustee of Commercial Break.