Diffin has been nominated for the 'corporate leader' title in the London and South region of the Forward Ladies National Awards 2017, sponsored by HSBC. Diffin joined TRL in 2014 as Head of Product Solutions before being promoted to Head of Innovation Development in 2016. Since taking up the position, she has radically improved the way TRL delivers and exploits innovative ideas, ensuring the company retains its position as the leading organisation for research and innovation in transport.

Commenting on the shortlist, Diffin said: “Forward Ladies is an organisation that promotes, recognises and supports the contributions and achievements of women in business. It’s a real honour to have made the shortlist alongside some talented and inspirational business women.”

Forward Ladies is one of the country’s leading organisations for the promotion of women in business. The regional award, will see 103 finalists competing over 12 categories, with the winners announced at a ceremony at the Hilton London Tower Bridge, London on Friday 15th September.

The winners from this, and the other regional finals, will then be invited to appear before a live panel of independent judges in November, followed by the national final in Leeds on 1st December.

In announcing the London and The South region shortlist, Forward Ladies Managing Director Griselda Togobo commented: “This has been a fantastic year for women and now it’s time to change gear and focus on the support needed to nurture talent regardless of gender, sector or region. The award categories are a reflection not only of the types of businesses with which women are involved, but also those which showcase the underrepresented women working in traditionally male dominated fields such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Digital and Online industries.

“The calibre of entries has been increasing year on year, but this year we have a number of outstanding entries and here at Forward Ladies we very much look forward to celebrating and sharing their success.”



About Forward Ladies

Forward Ladies was founded in 1999 with one single vision in mind – to unlock the potential in professional women. Creating an environment and community where women could feel heard, seen and are able to upskill and develop themselves was key to its success and this spirit of inclusion is still common among those 18,000 members we embrace today.

We are proud to support and showcase the best of female talent across the UK, running some of the country’s top events for women. We are the only women’s network with a regional and national reach across the UK and beyond, serving our members with monthly training and networking opportunities and bespoke industry-specific leadership programmes.

For further information, please contact Gill Bowker on 07949 904160 or email gill.bowker@forwardladies.com.

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