THE search is on to discover the women who have been breaking new ground throughout the UK, across all sectors and industries – from science and the professions to media and public service.

The First Women Awards celebrate these achievements and hold them up to inspire the next generation.

Last year’s awards recognised a host of ‘first women’ who have broken down barriers to achieve great things. In recognition of her huge charitable contributions, founder of the Alzheimer’s Society Morella Kayman MBE was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award for her work improving the lives of those affected by the disease over the past 34 years.

Other notable winners in 2013 were Judith Hackitt, the first female boss of the Health and Safety Executive.

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