One of Britain’s most influential businesswomen, Heather Rabbatts, has been announced as the keynote speaker at this year’s Jersey Enterprise Awards.

Voted as the 2008 Scottish Widows Business Woman of the Year by Parliamentarians, Ms Rabbatts is also credited with having taken on the ‘worst jobs’ in local government and then later in football.

Ms Rabbatts is Chairman of Shed Media and holds an impressive array of prominent board appointments including the UK Film Council, Crossrail and the Royal Opera House. Her extensive CV is testament to her leadership skills, determination and clear sense of vision. Her approach in her many roles has led to real change within public and private sector organisations.

During her career, Ms Rabbatts has been a BBC Governor, the youngest ever CEO of Merton and Lambeth Councils, Head of Education at Channel 4, Governor of the London School of Economics, Director of the Bank of England, and a Trustee of the British Council.

Her role as Executive Deputy Chairman of Millwall Football Club proved to be one of her biggest challenges. Despite the resistance to a woman in the role, she took the lead on arrangements for a significant investment into Millwall by an American Consortium, thereby securing its future.

Senator Alan Maclean, Minister for Economic Development said: ‘We are delighted that a speaker of Heather’s caliber has been secured for the Awards Gala. She is an inspirational businesswoman with an extraordinarily diverse range of experience on which to draw. We are incredibly grateful to the Garenne group for the ongoing support of the sponsors of the keynote speaker.

Martin Holmes, the director of Garenne Group, which sponsors the keynote speaker, said: ‘Heather is a remarkable woman who has held some extremely challenging roles in her career. She has made a significant impact in every role she has held and her leadership skills must be amongst the best in Britain. It is an honour for us to have secured such a notable speaker.’

The Jersey Enterprise Awards, now in their ninth year, will take place at Fort Regent on Friday 4 March. Designed to recognise the effort and success of enterprising local businesses, the theme of this year’s event is Focus Jersey. Last year the event attracted over 800 people, representing hundreds of companies, and was over-subscribed. The event has continued to grow and tickets for the evening are selling fast with little over a month to go.

Nine awards will be presented to companies and individuals who have made their mark in 2010. The Awards are the NatWest Small Business Award, Altis Medium Business Award, Play.com Large Business Award, Indigo Lighthouse Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Jersey Electricity Environmental Award, Skills Jersey Development of People Award, Condor Ferries Community Award, Guiton Group Ambassador of the Year and the Jersey Telecom Overall Business of the Year.

For more information about the Jersey Enterprise Awards go to www.jerseyawards.com. To book a table for the Awards Gala contact Christine Holmes at cholmes@profilepm.com or call 07797 725019.

For more information please contact Christine Holmes on 07797725019.

About Jersey Enterprise Jersey Enterprise is the Economic Development Department’s initiative tasked by the States of Jersey with helping to grow the economy. It does this by assisting individuals or organisations to start-up, grow, develop or diversify their businesses. Jersey Enterprise is the point of contact for entrepreneurs and provides high quality business support programmes, a range of services, and expert advice. Members of the public are invited to drop into Jubilee Wharf, 24 Esplanade, St Helier. Alternatively, a range of information, including an online newsletter, can be accessed at www.jerseyenterprise.com.