Care star Chipema wins award for leadership

Chipema Chitambala, Operations Manager at Barchester Healthcare’s Leonard Lodge in Hutton has won an award for leadership at the Wise Women Awards 2015.

Chipema was announced the winner of the ‘Professional Christian Leadership’ category at an awards ceremony on March 14th at the London Metropole Hotel.

The Wise Women Awards is in its 11th year and is the UK’s annual leading event celebrating the achievements of African and African-Caribbean Christian women in the church and wider society. The event is jointly organised by Wisdom for Women International (WWI) and Keep The Faith magazine.

The judges were impressed by Chipema’s career progression and said that she demonstrated strong leadership qualities. They also commended her passion to serve the community through the church.

On finding out that she had won the award, Chipema said: “I couldn’t quite believe it when they called my name! My daughter and a good friend of mine were at the award ceremony with me and we were all absolutely thrilled when they announced I was the winner of the Professional Christian Leadership Award. Everyone at Leonard Lodge Care Home has been so pleased for me too!”

Pastor Marjorie Esomowei, President of Wisdom For Women International (WWI) co-pastor of Triumphant Church International and founder of the Wise Women Awards stated: "Every year the Wise Women Awards brings to the fore unknown women doing great things, and 2015 is no different.  There are women from across the country represented in the list of nominees, whose contributions are having an impact on the lives of others.  I am glad the WWA plays a part in bringing such women to the attention of the wider Christian community.”

Shirley McGreal, publisher of Keep The Faith magazine stated, "Britain’s Christian women, are actively engaged in all spheres of the church and society, whether it’s in positions of leadership, supporting the vulnerable, or running their own businesses.  It’s great that the WWA not only brings such women to the fore, but celebrates their achievements and shares them with the wider world."