Honours for leading Rotherham women

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WOMEN leaders from Rotherham are to be celebrated at an event in the town.

Chief Inspector Caroline Rollitt, of South Yorkshire Police, who was the recipient of an award last year, will host the event.

She was one of 13 local women from public organisations, the private sector, voluntary and community groups to be honoured.

Since it was launched in 2005, scores of Rotherham women have become Athena Honourees, having been nominated for the awards.

The Rotherham Athena Awards is affiliated to the US-based Athena International Programme, which aims to secure a balance in leadership worldwide by ‘acknowledging and honouring those quiet leaders, mostly women, whose efforts are adding immensely to the fabric of their communities’.

Chf Insp Rollitt, who is now based in Sheffield and heads South Yorkshire Police’s firearms support unit, is one of only eight senior female officers in South Yorkshire Police.

The judging panel recognised her last year as a highly visible role model, at the leading edge of ensuring women have equal opportunity in the historically male-dominated areas of public order command and firearms.

n Visit www.rotherham.gov.uk/athena for a nomination form.