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Kristen Henderson finalist for The 2016 Shine Awards


Kristen Henderson finalist for The 2016 Shine Awards

“Mentor of the Year”

Kristen Henderson was shortlisted by a panel of over 20 judges to win the title of Mentor of the Year at The Shine Awards 2016, which are being held in partnership with The Caterer. The winners will be revealed at a black tie dinner on 3rd October at 8 Northumberland Avenue, most central venue in London. It offers two stunning ballrooms and five smaller meeting rooms to accommodate between two and 1,000 people. The recipients of the Ambassador of the Year award and the Robyn Jones Lifetime Achievement award will also be announced on the evening.

The Shine Awards celebrate the unique skills and contribution that women, and those who support their career progression, bring to the Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism industry.


The award celebrates someone who:

  • Has mentored at least one woman in the hospitality, leisure, travel or tourism industry within the past 12 months – either as part of a formal mentoring programme, or an informal mentoring relationship
  • Inspires change and continuous improvement from their mentees
  • Shares their knowledge and experience willingly with others
  • Has had a clear impact on their mentees’ careers
  • Acts as a role model to women working in their organisation and industry

Simon Tarr, chief executive of People 1st, commented: “This is the fifth time that People 1st has hosted the Shine Awards and it’s safe to say that this has been our most competitive year to date. The judges were extremely impressed by the quality of entries, and it was a tough decision to come up with the final shortlists. Congratulations to all the shortlisted nominees – we look forward to announcing the winners in October.”

The Shine Awards are part of People 1st’s Women 1st campaign, which aims to increase the number of women working in board roles across the visitor economy, and support women who aspire to senior leadership roles in fulfilling their career ambitions.

People 1st   announced the shortlist for this year’s Shine Awards.  Click here to see the full shortlist.


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