Lookers awards Leader of Tomorrow at inspirational summit for women leaders

Lookers awards Leader of Tomorrow at inspirational summit for women leaders

Leading national motor retailer, Lookers, has proudly sponsored and presented a Leader of Tomorrow award at a prestigious summit for inspirational women leaders, the R&A Reach Women’s Leadership Summit.

The event was held at the Women’s British Open Golf Championship on the 1st August and saw top women from organisations such as the BBC, Durham University and Hearst Magazines, come together for collaborative discussions on how to achieve their career and personal ambitions.

The Lookers Leader of Tomorrow award recognises someone who is making a significant contribution to the success of the organisation where they work and it has been awarded to Caroline Hazlehurst, Director of Operations at Deliveroo.

Hazlehurst joined the business in April 2015 and was previously UK General Manager. In her time at the company, she has seen it grow from 50 employees to over 2,000 and has seen the presence of Deliveroo reach over 200 cities worldwide. Prior to joining Deliveroo, Caroline held positions in Investment Banking and has held several Non-Executive Director roles at early stage start-ups.

Heike O’Leary, Marketing Director at Lookers, said: “We are thrilled to sponsor the R&A Reach Leadership Summit and it is a real pleasure to award The Leader of Tomorrow accolade to such an ambitious, accomplished woman. Caroline has made a big difference to Deliveroo and we’re sure she will continue to make a positive impact in the business world.

“The summit is a great opportunity to recognise the hard work of women in business and encourage collaboration across workplaces.”

Lookers’ sponsorship of these awards further recognises its work to increase gender diversity among its workforce, with the retailer committed to the UK Automotive 30% Club, an initiative which aims to achieve a minimum of 30% of women in management positions by 2030. Lookers also encourages the retention of female employees by offering an attractive benefits package, including an industry leading one year’s maternity leave at full pay.

The R&A Reach Women’s Leadership Summit, organised by Sky Sports Golf presenter and Lookers ambassador, Sarah Stirk, aims to help women work more closely to achieve their aspirations. The annual event brings together 90 women from business, sport, arts, media and education to discuss a range of issues in a collaborative setting, including inequality in the workplace and pay equality.

Stirk, who founded the Reach platform to help women in business and sport reach the top of their professions, was thrilled at the outcome of the event:

“It’s brilliant that this event has been so successful in bringing women together to discuss, engage with and inspire each other to achieve their aspirations.

“Lookers is a company which values equality and diversity in the workplace and has strong female leaders across the business so it is wonderful to have them sponsor the event.

“Lookers’ Leader of the Future award is an important accolade as it not only recognises the success of women in business now but looks forward to how that success can progress in the future. I’m looking forward to next year’s event already.”