Val Buzzard & Julie Briggs
Whitley Stimpson’s Val Buzzard has this week won a Banbury Women in Business (BWIB) Award. Val won Business Woman of the Year, which was open to women working at any level within an organisation who have gone beyond the call of duty to benefit their organisation through their efforts. Val was one of only three local business women shortlisted in the category.
The winners were announced at the BWIB annual conference held at Banbury House Hotel on Tuesday 21st March 2017.
“I was honoured to receive this award and to be nominated by a fellow professional Sara Cross at Spratt Endicott. I could not have achieved this without the continued support and encouragement of my family and work colleagues” said Val Buzzard, director at Whitley Stimpson.
Jody Fletcher of Chilli Promotions, and a BWIB board member, explains: “The BWIB committee was thrilled to receive so many entries from prestigious local businesses, including Whitley Stimpson, and we would like to congratulate Val Buzzard on her win. We were also delighted to secure such fantastic speakers in two times Paralympian Anna Turney, and Jen Rolfe, who is an expert in Positive Psychology at work. Both speakers truly inspired the attendees on the theme of Positivity with their uplifting, amusing, and engaging talks.”
Val joined Whitley Stimpson 20 years ago and became the firm’s first female partner in 2001. In 2016 Val became a fully registered Trust and Estate Practitioner, attaining the STEP diploma in Trusts and Estates (England and Wales). As well as working in this area she is also audit compliance director for the firm, and particularly enjoys working with charities. Val provides specialist advice to international organisations setting-up in the UK, in addition to offering her expertise to UK companies operating overseas.
Julie Briggs of Jamie Briggs Removals, sponsors of the Business Woman of the year category said: “We were delighted to award Val Buzzard ‘Banbury Business Woman of the Year’ from a very strong field of applicants. Val’s passion, dedication and longevity of service alongside her obvious business acumen makes her a deserving winner.”
Director Jonathan Walton said this week: “We are very proud of Val winning this award. Having joined Whitley Stimpson 20 years ago, Val has built up her client portfolio considerably. Since attaining her diploma in Trusts and Estates in 2016, Val’s knowledge not only provides client assurance that Whitley Stimpson has a full understanding of this area, but has also formed part of our strategic business plan to develop a larger trust service, which in turn has helped to grow the business.”
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