woman&home – the brand that celebrates the joys of being a modern grown up woman – has announced the winners of its Amazing Women Awards 2019, in association with Hotter shoes.  The Awards recognise women aged 50-plus from all walks of life who are achieving amazing things – from role models who are breaking the glass ceiling, social and tech geniuses, entrepreneurs and celebrities doing good, to those making a difference in their communities.

Inspiring women who appear on the winners list include Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas for the support she offers the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably); Anne Boden, MBE, the founder of Starling Bank; award-winning producer and screenwriter Debbie Horsfield, who writes strong female characters for TV and supports new talent in the industry; and Minette Batters, the first female president of the National Farmers Union.

Championing the unsung heroes in our communities, this year the three reader-nominated and voted categories were sponsored by Hotter. Readers were called on to nominate someone they knew who deserved to be recognised for going the extra mile for charity, improving the environment or caring for others. Nominations and votes received more than doubled in comparison to last year’s campaign. The brand also sponsors the Hotter Don’t Tell Me I Can’t award, this year awarded to a model in her 50s breaking into the industry.

Catherine Westwood, woman&home editor-in-chief, says: “These awards are all about shining a spotlight on the boundless possibilities for women over 50 to inspire and empower our audience. It’s great to see that our readers are engaging with this campaign so actively, with the number of reader nominations doubling and thousands casting their vote on the Hotter Community Hero award.”

Victoria Betts, Hotter chief commercial officer, adds: “We understand that women over 50 are just getting started with their life’s adventures. It’s a time when they have more connections and are busier than ever before; and it has been wonderful to celebrate their achievements with them. We were inspired to see the myriad of challenges and activities these ladies are undertaking every day, they are truly amazing and these awards have been a perfect fit for Hotter.”

The Amazing Women Awards are in their second year and comprise a year-long multiplatform campaign. The winners were celebrated at an exclusive event held at London’s Claridges, compèred by actress, presenter and comedian Sally Phillips and Catherine Westwood. A photoshoot and interview with the winners appears in the November issue of woman&home, out now.

The full list of Amazing Women Awards 2019 winners:


Champion of the arts – Fuelling our passion for culture

Winner: Debbie Horsfield, award-winning producer and screenwriter

Brand new directions – Brilliant entrepreneurs leading the way

Winner: Jane Atherton, mentoring women through the menopause

Smashing the glass ceiling – Role models at the top of corporate environments

Winner: Minette Batters, President of the National Farmers’ Union

Celebrity doing good – Stars of stage and screen who also do great work for charity

Winner: Shirley Ballas, supporter of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

The Hotter Special Award, Don’t tell me I can’t – Women doing amazing things and fulfilling their dreams

Winner: India Gill, model championing classic elegance, breaking into the industry in her fifties

Social and tech genius – From Instagram influencers to app inventors

Winner: Anne Boden MBE, founder of Starling Bank


Changing our country – Women in high places dedicated to making our lives – and lives of children – better

Winner: Chantal Hughes, helping victims of domestic abuse

The Hotter Community Hero Awards (reader-nominated categories)

Caring for others 

Winner: Alison Bunce, for innovations in care

Improving our environment

Winner: Dr Jan Peters, for revamping her town

Going the extra mile for charity

Winner: Julie Robinson, for funding breast cancer research

Image credit: Liz McAulay/woman&home


About Hotter

Hotter, established in 1959, creates precision-made comfortable women’s shoes which deliver the perfect fit.  Available in sizes 3 – 9 with some half sizes and extra width fittings, Hotter shoes, boots and slippers are sold via hotter.com and 80 Hotter stores across the UK.