Women in broadcasting celebrated at inaugural Rise Awards

BBC News head of UK operations Morwen Williams picks up Woman of The Year Award

Morwen Williams, the head of UK operations at BBC News, was among the winners at the inaugural Rise Awards held during IBC 2019.

Supported by Avid, the awards were put together by Rise, the advocate group for gender diversity within the broadcast manufacturing and services sector.

Williams was presented with the Woman of The Year Award. Chosen by the Rise Advisory Board, Williams was said to have had an important year, having been both promoted to her current role and appointed as chair of the World’s Broadcasting Union’s International Media Connectivity Group.

In addition, she was chosen to complete an Executive Education programme at Harvard University on Media Transformation Challenge.

As well as her professional achievements, the board said: “She has relentless positivity and enthusiasm and is a fantastic role model across the sector. Although she is incredibly busy, she continues to take the time to be involved in the Rise mentoring programme and has been a superb mentor for the last two years.”

The awards received more than 100 entries.

The other winners of the 2019 Rise Awards, and those shortlisted, were:

Business (sponsored by Adobe)

  • **WINNER** Natascha Cadle, Creative Director and Co-Founder, ENVY
  • Marina Kalkanis, CEO and Co-Founder, M2A Media
  • Monique Ellis, Chief Operations Officer, Massive

Engineering (sponsored by Clear-Com)

  • **WINNER** Gemma Ebs, Software Engineer, BT Media and Broadcast
  • Cary Hughes, Design Engineer, Sky UK
  • Stefania Popescu, Systems Engineer, Sky UK


  • **WINNER** Lucy Speed, Marketing and PR Manager, Discovery
  • Allison Duval, Group Marketing Manager, Procam Projects
  • Felicity Webster, Marketing Manager, BT Media and Broadcast

Rising Star (sponsored by Avid Customer Association)

  • *WINNER* Shannon Albrink, Junior Editor, Therapy Studios
  • Lauren Wald, Part-time R&D Engineer, BBC R&D
  • Rhianna Steele, Media Manager, IMG

Sales (sponsored by disguise)

  • **WINNER** Charlotte Latham, Manager of Sales and Operations, CueScript
  • Laura Kirkland, Strategic Account Director, Grass Valley
  • Nicki Fisher, EMEA Sales Director, Clear-Com

Technical Operations (sponsored by Sundog Media Tools)

  • **WINNER** Lorraine Panman, Portfolio Project Manager, Massive
  • Emma Johnson, MCR Manager, West Digital Post Production
  • Julie Ritson, Picture Correspondent, BBC News

The Rise Awards 2019 took place at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam during IBC 2019. 

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