President Selected as 2015 ‘Woman of Achievement’

The President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, has been selected as a ‘2015 Woman of Achievement’

Irene, who was awarded the OBE for her services to policing this year, has been selected in recognition of her personal contribution to society to join more than 400 women from all walks of life at the special 60th anniversary Women of the Year Lunch.

This year Irene was asked by the Home Secretary to help improve policing by reviewing the way targets are used by forces and making recommendations for good practice.

She leads the national association for the senior operational leaders in policing and has been at the forefront of calls for a public debate about the future of policing and a consideration of how public services are funded and work together to try to improve services for all communities.

Irene said:

“This year the service has been celebrating 100 years of women in policing and it is a real privilege to be counted alongside so many talented and inspiring women in this centenary year.

“I hope that throughout my service I have been able to make a positive difference to the way women experience policing, whether that is when they have needed our help or because they have chosen it as a career.”

This year’s event will take place on Monday 19 October at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel.

Women of the Year has recognised, celebrated and inspired women of all backgrounds since 1955 and continues to shine a light on extraordinary women through an annual Lunch & Awards ceremony, lecture and on-going foundation work.

The Women of the Year Lunch & Awards brings together more than 400 extraordinary women, all of whom have achieved something of significance. Each guest is regarded as a ‘Woman of the Year’ and represents not only herself, but the millions of women who make a difference every day.

Sandi Toksvig, President of Women of the Year, said:

“The Women of the Year has celebrated the wonderful achievements of women since 1955.  Everyone involved is incredibly proud to see so many extraordinary women carrying the torch of those who came before. The remarkable women who make up the attendees and winners at this year’s Lunch are being recognised for their strides in making the world a better place.”

Exceptional women will receive special awards at the Lunch for being an inspiration to others, demonstrated by their courage, selflessness and dedication. These special Women of the Year awards are sponsored by Barclays, DFS, Good Housekeeping, ITV’s Lorraine and Prudential.

Recent Women of the Year winners include:

Doreen Lawrence, campaigner for justice following the murder of her son Stephen in 1993

Fahma Mohammed, anti-FGM  activist

Diana Nammi, Founder of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation,

Christina Noble, founder of The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation

Katie Piper, who set up a charity to help burns survivors after being victim of a brutal acid attack

Team GB 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Women Medallists

Joanne Thompson, who set up Millie’s Trust