Women in Games Honoured at First Awards Ceremony

recognising the best and brightest women in the industry

The winners of the inaugural ‘Women in Games Awards’ have been announced, celebrating and recognising the best and brightest women in the industry. Executives, artists, press & studio founders and potential role models were shown some recognition.

The event was co-hosted by the leading B2B video games media brand ‘MCV’ and the Women in Games organisation (WIGJ). The Top 30 Women in Games were all honoured on the night and the winners of six special awards were also named.

The winners were:-

Rising Star: Karen Stanley, Environment Artist, Sony London Studios
Businesswoman of the Year: Debbie Bestwick, CEO, Team17
Creative Impact: Siobhan Reddy, Co-Founder, Media Molecule
Unsung Hero: Tanya Laird, Director, Digital Jam
Campaigner: Kirsty Payne, VP, SpecialEffect
Outstanding Contribution: Dr Jo Twist, CEO, Ukie

In addition, the Top 30 Women in Games were honoured. They were:-

·         Debbie Bestwick – CEO, Team 17
·         Katherine Bidwell – Co-Founder, State of Play
·         Emily Britt – Consumer Marketing Director, Pokemon Company
·         Noirin Carmody – Co-Founder, Revolution; Chair, UKIE
·         Cat Channon – Director of PR, WB Games
·         Jo Cooke – PR & Communications Manager, Frontier Developments
·         Jessica Curry – Composer/Studio Head, The Chinese Room
·         Rosemarie Dalton – International Marketing Manager, Bethesda Softworks
·         Angela Dickson – Sales Director, Activision
·         Amanda Farr – Head of Content & Services, Xbox
·         Gina Jackson – MD, Next Gen Skills Academy
·         Charlotte Knight – UK Retail MD, GAME
·         Nina Kristensen – Co-Founder, Ninja Theory
·         Veronique Lallier – VP European Publishing, Hi-Rez Studios
·         Roberta Lucca – Co-Founder, Bossa Studios
·         Keza MacDonald – Editor, Kotaku
·         Caroline Miller – MD, Indigo Pearl
·         Kat Osman – MD, Lick PR
·         Kirsty Payne – VP, SpecialEffect
·         Rhianna Pratchett – Scriptwriter
·         Siobhan Reddy – Co-Founder, Media Molecule
·         Helena Santos – Lead Programmer, Modern Dream Games
·         Sarah Seaby – European Marketing & PR Director
·         Fiona Sperry – Founder, Three Fields Entertainment
·         Giselle Stewart OBE – Director of Corporate Affairs, Ubisoft
·         Dr Maria Stukoff – Head of Academic Development, PlayStation
·         Timea Tabori – Engine Programmer, Rockstar North
·         Dr Siobhan Thomas – Head of Games Courses, London South Bank University
·         Dr Jo Twist – CEO, Ukie
·         Catherine Woolley – Senior Games Designer, Creative Assembly


Adam is a Writer, Editor & Podcaster here at Out of Lives. He casts a wide net across popular culture with video games & anime, in particular, featuring heavily in his work for the site. Hailing from a town just outside Glasgow, this Scotsman can usually be found roaming the Northern Realms on The Path or behind the wheel of a Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle-Car.
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