Women in Governance Risk & Compliance Forum


Championing women in GRC industries


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The Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Awards will honour female leaders and companies demonstrating excellence across GRC.

These Awards will showcase the role models, advocates and mentors, as well as the inspirational women and companies building and leading in the world of GRC. The Awards will unite the whole GRC ecosystem, who make it their business to inspire females working within the sector across the globe.

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Previous winners include:


BNY Mellon




Tayo Oyinlola

Award categories

Award Categories

  • GRC Graduate of the Year

    GRC Graduate of the Year


    The GRC Graduate of the Year Award will be awarded to a female who is excelling within a company whilst undertaking a graduate programme.

  • GRC Rising Star of the Year

    GRC Rising Star of the Year


    The GRC Rising Star of the Year Award will recognise and champion a new female leader who is on a clear trajectory to success in the world of GRC, paving the way for those to follow.

  • GRC Employer of the Year

    GRC Employer of the Year


    The GRC Employer of the Year Award will recognise an organisation that has the wellbeing of its employees at its core.

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    GRC Innovator of the Year


    Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk – all innovators that changed the way that we live and work, but also, all men.

  • GRC Ambassador of the Year

    GRC Ambassador of the Year


    An ambassador is defined as ‘a person who represents, speaks for, or advertises a particular organisation, group of people, activity, or brand’, and the winner of this award will do exactly that.

  • Head of Legal of the Year

    Head of Legal of the Year


    Studies show that women make up 49% of lawyers in law firms, up by 1% since 2017. For the other staff working in law firms, women make up three quarters of the workforce (75%) with no change since 2017. The ONS Labour Market Survey shows that 47% of the UK workforce are women.


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Frequently asked questions

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What is the entry criteria?

All entry criteria will be outlined within the category description on the entry system.

How much does it cost to enter?

Absolutely nothing!

The Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Awards are completely free to enter, and you're free to enter as many categories as you like!

What is the entry deadline?

Entries for 2022 are now OPEN!

The deadline is 21/04/2022

Can I save my entry?

Yes! Our entry platform allows you to save your application and come back to it before submitting.

Can I enter more than one category?

Providing you meet the criteria for each category, yes! You're free to enter as many as you like.

The easiest way to do this is to copy your first entry from the My Entries dashboard. You'll probably need to tailor your content to the new category, but it will fill most of the application for you.

What are supporting documents?

The supporting documents are not a compulsory part of the application. It won't count against you if you do not include any, but they can help to illuminate your entry.

Supporting documents could be testimonials, examples of press coverage, explainer videos, or impact reports, for example.

Can I alter my application after submitting?

Yes, you can make changes to your application after submitting right up until the entry deadline.

How are the winners chosen?

Following the shortlisting process (which is done internally by our editorial team), the successfully shortlisted applications will be handed over to our judging panel.

The Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Awards judging panel has supporters from multiple sectors, with each of our judges allocated to categories that match their areas of expertise.

Entries will be judged based on the answers provided within the application form, The judges will mark each question and give a rating out of 10, along with comments to justify their scoring.

As with any judging process, there is an element of subjectivity around judging, so applicants should aim to provide as much information as possible.

Judges will review applications independently.

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