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Jacqueline Dobson named Scotland’s Inspirational Woman of the Year

Barrhead Travel president Jacqueline Dobson has been named Scotland’s Inspirational Woman of the Year.

Dobson won the annual award, organised by Business Women Scotland, beating other prominent business leaders, including Barbara Jamieson, founder, Jamieson Law, who was highly-commended.

More than 100 people attended the ceremony in Glasgow’s Oran Mor to celebrate Scotland’s women in business and their successes over the last year.

Dobson, who was also shortlisted for Business Woman of the Year, was commended for her advocacy work to represent the Scottish travel industry, her commitment to her colleagues and her leadership within the Glasgow business community.

Dobson said: “Being a woman in business still has its challenges. But to be surrounded by so many resilient female leaders who are making waves in their fields and helping to pave the way for the next generation of women in business is really uplifting.

“I am grateful to my team for nominating me for this award. Any recognition is only achieved through teamwork and I am privileged to work with such a talented and supportive group of colleagues.”

Barrhead Travel’s directors, who nominated Dobson for the award, said she had been “an extraordinary champion for her colleagues and peers across the travel industry”.

They added: “Her creative thinking, steadiness and determination to drive positive change has navigated Barrhead Travel during the most tumultuous crisis that our industry has ever seen. Above all else, it is Jacqueline’s loyalty and belief in her people that make her a truly powerful and inspiring leader.”

The awards aim to showcase some of the most enterprising and successful women from around Scotland. Other women on this year’s shortlist for inspirational woman of the year included: Kathryn Strachan, of Copy House; Anna Neubert-Wood, of Wanderwomen Scotland; Niki Hutchison, of Niki Hutchison; Samantha Paton, of Isolated Heroes;  and Yvonne Webb, Action Coach.

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