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Jackie Freeborn at work at Business and Education South Yorkshire
Jackie Freeborn at work at Business and Education South Yorkshire
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Business & Education South Yorkshire’s chief executive, Jackie Freeborn, has been named this year’s recipient of the Rotherham Athena Award.

Jackie Freeborn was one of 16 women who reached the finals of the award, which recognises the achievements of women from all walks of life who have leadership roles and support other women to do the same. She and her team at Business & Education South Yorkshire work with more than 8,000 businesses to give young people opportunities to learn about and experience the world of work.

Jackie Freeborn is also director of the Dearne Valley Youth Achievement Foundation, a regional representative on the Young People’s Enterprise Forum and a member of the Aged 14 – 19 Strategic Group in Rotherham.

Nominees for the Rotherham Athena Award included Sue Barratt, managing director of GROW (Giving Real Opportunities to Women) and Janet Wheatley, who has been chief executive of Voluntary Action Rotherham since 2003, both of whom were highly commended by the award judges.