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Cumbrian communicator scoops global award for her work on gender inclusion

Ruth Hutchison and Claire Gallery-Strong

A Cumbrian communications professional has won an international prize for her work to encourage more females into the nuclear industry.

Ruth Hutchison picked up a FEM’Energia award at a ceremony in Paris hosted by France’s women in nuclear organisation.

The event recognises people from across the world who use their profession to promote gender issues.

Ruth works as a strategic communications lead for the intelligent client element of Sellafield Ltd’s Programme and Project Partners.

A founding member of the Women in Nuclear (WiN) Cumbria branch, she was nominated for her work to promote a more diverse workforce in the region.

Ruth, of Whitehaven, said: “I felt very lucky to represent Cumbria at such a prestigious event, and was even more delighted to win.

“What makes me most proud is that the judges recognised the communications profession as key to addressing gender issues and changing things for the better.

“I met lots of people trying to achieve the same things in France. They were really interested to hear what a supportive and ambitious community we have in Cumbria.

“I’d like to thank my colleagues at WiN Cumbria, WiN UK, Sellafield Ltd and in the local supply chain for their ongoing support.”

Claire Gallery-Strong, chair of WiN Cumbria, said: “Ruth couldn’t be more deserving; as a communications professional and a personal role model.

“The fact that she accepted her award in French was equally as impressive!

“The judges told the audience they selected Ruth as the winner because they were so impressed by her work to shine a light on important issues around diversity, not only in Cumbria and the UK, but also overseas.

“Everyone at WiN UK and Sellafield Ltd is very proud to have Ruth representing our industry on the global stage. It has given us a platform to work more closely with the international nuclear family.”

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