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Menopause Friendly Employer Awards names finalists

Menopause Friendly Employer Awards presented by Louise Minchin

The industry-recognised Menopause Friendly Employer Awards – powered by headline sponsors HSBC UK, first direct, M&S Bank and Peppy – has named the finalists ahead of the Awards ceremony on Thursday September 14, 2023 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.

The prestigious event will celebrate and recognise excellence among organisations and individuals going above and beyond to support menopause in the workplace. Hosted by broadcaster and menopause champion Louise Minchin, 350 guests will attend in person while hundreds more will join via live link from across the country.

The Menopause Friendly Employer Awards are organised by Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace. The awards cover 11 categories that recognise organisations, teams and individuals who have successfully changed the lived experience of menopause in the workplace. As well as celebrating their achievements, the Menopause Friendly Employer Awards aims to raise £100,000 for a range of menopause-related charities, programmes and research.

The standard of this year’s Awards entries has been phenomenal – employers have significantly raised the bar in terms of their creativity, innovative approach and, importantly, making a positive impact in their workplace,” says Deborah Garlick, CEO of Henpicked: Menopause in The Workplace.

Who else is sponsoring the  Menopause Friendly Employer Awards?

The Awards have attracted a wealth of menopause friendly members keen to sponsor the categories and tables. Taking their place alongside the headline sponsors are Accenture, BAE Systems, Boots and No7 Beauty Company, Bristol Myers Squibb, British Airways, Lloyds Banking Group, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Theramex and Vitabiotics.

“As the first organisation to be awarded The Menopause Friendly Accreditation we know first-hand the positive impact and the importance of being a menopause friendly workplace,” says Chris Pitt, CEO of first direct. “These awards are a great opportunity for people to learn from one another, with best practice tips being shared among guests to encourage an open dialogue and positive change.”

“We believe employers have a crucial role to play in breaking down the taboo and filling the gap in health and wellbeing care for those experiencing menopause,” says Kathy Abernethy, Chief Nursing Officer & Clinical Director Menopause Services, Peppy. “Raising the profile of businesses who have shown themselves to be real agents of change as these Awards set out to do, is an important part of encouraging and inspiring other businesses to recognise their role and join the movement to make a difference.”

The Menopause Friendly Employer Awards were judged by the Menopause Friendly Independent Panel who were looking particularly for the impact achieved within the workplace. The finalists in each category follow below.

“The Independent Panel had a tough job selecting the finalists from such a strong field and judging went into a second day, such was the number of entries and exceptionally high quality of applications,” continues Deborah. “I would like to thank the Independent Panel for their expertise and passion and feel reassured that every finalist is deserving of their recognition.

“I would also like to thank all the employers and individuals for taking time to enter the Awards and extend my congratulations to all the finalists. There is no doubt that their remarkable work and dedication is changing hearts and minds to improve people’s lived experience of menopause in the workplace.”

The finalists of the Menopause Friendly Employer Awards 2023

Category 1 – Menopause Friendly Employer of the Year

BAE Systems

Bristol Myers Squibb

Cadent Gas

HSBC UK | first direct | M&S Bank

Marine Management Organisation

Thames Valley Police

Unilever UK & Ireland

Category 2 – Most Inclusive Menopause Friendly Employer

BAE Systems

Colt Technology Services

HSBC UK | first direct | M&S Bank

Joined Up Care Derbyshire

Moody’s Corporation

Category 3 – Most Open Workplace


Bristol Myers Squibb

Mott MacDonald


South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board and South Yorkshire Integrated Care

Thames Valley Police

Category 4 – Best Engagement Campaign


Colt Technology Services

Department for Education

Medical Protection Society

Category 5 – Most Menopause Friendly Environment

Independent Assessment Services (IAS) by Atos


Nuclear Decommissioning Authority



Category 6 – Best Trained Workforce

BAE Systems

No7 Beauty Company

Bristol Myers Squibb

Holland & Barrett

University of Greenwich 

Category 7 – Best Training Initiative

No7 Beauty Company



Department for Education


Category 8 – Best Support Group

Independent Assessment Services (IAS) by Atos

British Airways

BNP Paribas

Close Brothers Group Plc

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Lloyds Banking Group

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority


Category 9 – Most Supportive Partner

Derby County Community Trust

Huddersfield Town Association Football Club

University of Greenwich

Category 10 – Community Award

Jill Ross – Accenture

Sarah Garton – Accenture

Maria Hathaway – Stonewater

Lisa Hogg – Independent Assessment Services (IAS) by Atos

Brigitte Kavani- NHS South Yorkshire ICB

Maureen Montague – University of Greenwich

Nancy Reeve – WTW

Paula Rix – Medical Protection Society

Marie-Anne Sandler – First Source

Gill Thomas – Nuclear Decommissioning Authority 

Category 11 – The Carolyn Lazurus Award

To be announced on the night


Read more about the Menopause Friendly Employer Awards 


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