Our very own Creative Director Anna Sampson has won the University of Reading’s ‘Inspirational Woman’ prize at the Thames Valley Venus Awards.
Anna has led the rapid expansion of our business while inspiring staff and supporting flexible working arrangements. She took over as Creative Director of Boomerang Creative - Newbury based digital design agency a year ago, and has overseen the team double in size and bring in high-value new clients. While focusing on business success, Anna has ensured staff have been able to fit their working hours around their individual circumstances while also creating the company’s first ever apprenticeship role.
She was named the winner at the Venus Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, held at the Madejski Stadium in Reading on Friday 8 June and attended by over 250 guest, finalists and sponsors from across the South East.
It was an incredibly close competition, with the other two finalists in the 2018 Inspirational Woman of the Year category also showing the difference that drive and determination can make. The submissions of all three finalists were examined by a panel of judges from the University of Reading, who read their individual success stories and focused on how they have sought to inspire others.
Professor Ellie Highwood, Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University, said: "Anna knows that acting locally is sometimes the best way to make a massive difference. As a senior manager in the male-dominated design industry, she works tirelessly to drive positive change in her company and the industry, and uses creative solutions to inspire those around her to achieve their full potential."
THE "WORKING WOMEN'S OSCARS"
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, and are unique in that anyone can nominate a friend, client or family member.
Anna was nominated by her college Sarah Elliott who said: “Anna is an incredibly motivating manager who always encourages and supports her team. Equally dedicated to success in business and raising her family, she constantly strives in both arenas to bring out the best in the people she cares for.”
Boomerang Creative are part of the BDZ Group who will be celebrating 35 years of business in Newbury, in August 2018. Their team of designers and developers bring innovation across a broad range of services including brand identity and graphic design, digital design and web development, advertising and ecommerce.
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