We continue to celebrate the Woman Who Achieves Award Winners and Finalists.

Congratulations Claire Russell of Mental Health in Business on your Commendation in the Woman Who Achieves Phoenix Award Category, a new category for 2020.

The Woman Who Achieves Awards took place on Friday 2nd October. As we weren’t able to hold a face to face event this year, we took the Awards online.

Congratulations Claire on your achievements and thank you to all the Winners and Finalists for your support and making this event into an amazing interactive online Awards event.


I am CEO of Mental Health in Business (MHIB), a mental health advocate, prolific public speaker and committed volunteer with Samaritans. I have been running businesses in financial services for over 20 years and founded MHIB in 2018 after my own experiences of mental illness and bereavement to suicide.

I am determined to use my experiences and skills to help as many people as possible by being a part of a global shift in workplace mental health. Since MHIB was established we have partnered with some major organisations across the UK whom we are helping to create mentally healthy workplaces.

What the Judges said:

This entry is highly commended. After suffering setbacks following health issues in her teens, Claire built a successful career. However, after suffering personal loss, she set out to volunteer whilst building her own mental health business.

What a wonderful surprise to find that I had been shortlisted as a finalist for the Phoenix Award, in the 2020 Woman Who Awards.

I speak very openly about the experiences that I have had, in the hope that maybe just one person will be helped or inspired by my story.

It is a real privilege to be standing alongside the amazing women who are also finalists in this category! I can’t wait for the awards ceremony!

Claire Russell

Mental Health in Business

Congratulations to all the Finalists in this category


  • Sarah Bartlett, Hound Helpers Ltd
  • Amanda Daly, The Turnaround CEO
  • Helena Flowers, Andel Plastics Ltd
  • Rachael Field, Eva & Alma
  • Jenni Harris, Happy Body Happy Life
  • Elizabeth Platt, Elizabeth S Platt Coaching
  • Surlender Pendress, Love Writing Ltd
  • Andrea Rainsford, SEO Angel
  • Dawn Simpson-Lane, Lanes Employment Solutions WINNER


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