Finalists announced for the Milton Keynes Inspiration Awards 2024

    The Milton Keynes Inspiration Awards are back on Saturday 8th June 2024 and the finalists have been announced.

    The anticipation is mounting as the finalists for the highly coveted Milton Keynes Inspiration Awards 2024 have been officially announced. As a beacon of recognition for inspirational individuals and businesses across Milton Keynes, this prestigious awards ceremony is set to shine a spotlight on those who have made remarkable contributions to our community.

    The Milton Keynes Inspiration Awards serve as a testament to the incredible talent, passion, and commitment that exists within our community and aims to honour these exceptional individuals and businesses who have left an indelible mark on Milton Keynes through their unwavering dedication and remarkable achievements.

    As we gear up for the main event, scheduled to take place on the 8th of June 2024 at the prestigious Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Milton Keynes, the public are invited to celebrate the finalists and their extraordinary accomplishments. Providing an opportunity to come together as a community and show appreciation for those who continue to inspire us with their remarkable stories and achievements.

    Voting for the finalists has now begun, giving the public the chance to cast their votes and help determine the winners across various categories. VOTE HERE!

    Additionally, tickets to the awards ceremony are now on sale and can be purchased online at Don't miss your chance to be a part of this memorable evening and witness the crowning of Milton Keynes' true inspirations.

    2024 Finalists

    Inspired category

    Inspirational role model
    Agnieszka McCluskey
    Amanda Fisher
    Sarah Lowe - ParentAsess
    Janine Coney
    Melanie Prince
    Lisa Shepherd (MK Bluetits)

    Inspirational young Person

    Cody Jackson
    Kale Harris-Herbert
    Freddie Liggins
    Andy Slater
    Amy Sargent

    Maryam Jazeem

    Inspirational community champion
    Scott Foulter (Man Cave)
    Ross Hockham - (UK Astronomy)
    Jos Lygo-Baker /MKCCG (Milton Keynes Cardiac Group)
    Gemma Spinks- (Mindful Mama Club)
    Councillor Paul Baxter
    Lisa Shepherd

    Charity category

    Outstanding local charity
    life International Christian Fellowship
    MK Act Charity
    Curly Tails Pig Sanctuary
    Ride High
    Shay's Smiles
    Christina Coker

    Inspiring Volunteer
    Leslie German
    Scott Poulter (the Man Cave)
    Maggie Ferguson (community fridge Netherfield)
    Tyler Coventry
    Hayden Jones
    Molly Hepburn Edwards - The Cannon Pub Newport Pagnell
    Verity Slaughter - Penney

    Inspiring fundraiser
    Julie's selling group
    Andrew French
    Skye Humberstone (Vahlanayru)
    Hayden Jones
    Gary Spinks
    Katie Simpson

    Business category

    Upcoming entrepreneur
    Charlotte - Bettys kitchen
    Janine Coney - Janine Coney consulting
    Tiny Terra MK
    Lorne Ashton - LPA Sparkles
    Laura Bradshaw - tlc dog academy and walking

    Best local business
    Bespoke presents
    Ultra Events
    Spinks Creative
    SweetSarah - Sarah Nicole Smith
    Jeanette’s Flower Displays
    Helen Neill / DoggieDoDoggieDon't

    Most charitable business
    Corinas cool kids - (Corina Cleaver Tattam )
    Jackador Dog Training
    Horwood House Hotel & Spa
    Lisa Shepherd
    Grumpy Cook Cafe (loughton)

    Performing arts category

    Best solo act
    Bex Mercer
    Lopes Kiala
    Hellen Whaley (Lord Grey)
    Lee Dodds
    Christy Mcgrath
    Ollie Corbett

    Best group act
    Funktionality live band
    The Stencil Pencils
    The Fabulous Miss Jones trio
    the Zeros

    Best theatre group/school
    MK company
    On the Talent
    Milton Keynes Dance Centre
    Emily Butler (EM dance coaching)
    PQA Pauline Quirk Academy Milton Keynes

    Creative arts category

    Best Creative Individual
    Lauren McGovern MUA
    Natasha Danielle (poet)
    Bex Mercer
    Liz Alexander - The Liz Editorial

    Best creative school/company
    The Play's The Thing's Theatre,
    Milton Keynes Dance Centre
    Micaela Perez - Amaro/ my burlesque
    Hellen Whaley - Lord Grey
    Dreamers Creative Agency
    Christy Mcgrath

    Social media influencer
    Sophie etc.
    Lisette Mibo Esio - The Stylish Mum
    Janine Coney
    ReuBekah Vidz
    Lee Reade
    Elle Banister

    Inspiring Blogger
    Selina Dunn (MK Foodies Club)
    Sophie etc.
    Victoria's Vintage Blog
    Amanda (@gingermumstyle)

    Upcoming content creator
    Lisette Mibo Esio - The Stylish Mum
    Skye Humberstone (Vahlanayru)
    Lee Dodds
    Liz editorial
    The Pod Cast Studio

    MK Equality category

    Inspiring person within the disability community
    Navrita Atwal
    Nkiru Arts
    Kaylee Mccormack
    Kale Harris-Herbert
    Mrs Marie Andrews
    Sarah Evans

    Inspiring community group within disability
    MDUK Milton Keynes muscle meeting
    CIL - Milton Keynes Centre for Integrated Living
    Ride High Equestrian
    Headway Milton Keynes
    Men in sheds Milton Keynes
    Unity MK

    Sports category

    Inspiring sports person
    Paige Hottor First Class Athletics
    Rephet Khan (Kally)
    Hiren Patel
    Lisa Shepperd
    Toby Draper
    Jordan spencer

    Inspiring Young Person
    Kaylee Mccormack
    Freddie Liggins
    Cindie Keeble
    Alex Simms

    Inspiring Local Team
    Milton Keynes Rugby Club
    Stoke Hammond youth FC belles U9 Girls
    MK United Women's Walking Football
    Newport Pagnell under 18s
    Shenley FC (whole club)

    Inspiring male fitness/PT/Coach
    Ebbz Kpobi
    Lee Reade _ The Keeper
    Anthony Harris ( Alpha boxing club)
    Hiren Patel
    Steve at Transformation fitness
    Andrew Whyte (Mk Trainer)

    Inspiring female fitness/PT/Coach
    Helen Colby-Major / Major Fitness MK
    Verity Robinson –Chair of bletchley rugby club
    Lorraine Moss(Rainie PT)

    Laura Blomfield
    Lisa Haskett ENFITNESS
    Tracy Phelps (another level Muay Thai)
    CJ from Mind Fitness Revolution

    Education category

    Inspiring teacher
    Helen Westwood (maths and financial teacher)
    Helen Whalley (Lord Grey)
    Joanna burton (Chestnuts School)
    Kate Westerby (Newton Leys primary school)
    Scott Greenwood (Lord Grey Academy)
    Laurie Markatos (st Pauls)
    Sandra Trew (Get Real Parental Coaching)

    Inspiring higher education
    Open university
    University of Bedford MK Campus

    Inspiring primary school
    St Paul's Catholic school
    Walton high

    Inspiring secondary school
    Priory rise school
    Romans Field school (Primary special needs)
    Chestnuts primary school
    Cedars Primary School
    Rickley Park Primary

    Inspiring nursery
    Highfield house nursery
    Duckling Preschool
    Saplings children centre
    Chipmonks pre school, Broughton
    Giles Brook Nursery, Tattenhoe.
    Teeny Queeny

    Emergency health services category

    Inspiring emergency worker
    Karen Melville (police call handler)
    Lyn Dempsey (Clinical nurse)
    Andrew obrien
    Megan Yau (carer)
    Anna Kent (nurse)
    Lindsay McInnis / D.O.T.S. Chiropractic

    Inspiring emergency/health service
    Clearsight Opticians
    Newport Pagnell district nursing team
    MKUH Perinatal Mental Health team

    Inspiring carer/PA of the year
    Gemma Holly Simpkins
    Sharon Tingling
    Lorraine Woodbridge
    Cabdul Axmed
    Zahra Ahmed
    Beth Borrow

    Food and beverage category

    Best restaurant
    Las Iguanas Milton Keynes
    Ganges Lounge
    Five Akhis

    Inspiring cafe/bistro
    Café Sen
    The Woodside cafe
    The Bakehouse deli
    Betty's kitchen
    Game Changer Kitchen
    Lodge Farm Cafe

    Best pub
    The Crooked Billet
    The George at Little Brickhill
    The Green Man, Eversholt
    The barley mow (Cosgrove)
    The Nags Head Great Linford

    Organisers of the MK Inspiration would like to thank their media partners MKFM and Pulse magazine for their continued support, other thanks goes to headline sponsors Maaya, Blossom Room, Kobe, Knight Racer and silver sponsor Mailbox etc. Thanks also goes to the 2024 committee: Kerry Thompson, Kristina Perestegi, Naseem Khan and James Lancaster.

    For more information about the Milton Keynes Inspiration Awards 2024 and to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements, please visit

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