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Jacqueline Dobson, President of Barrhead Travel, has been named as Scotland’s Inspirational Woman of the Year at the annual Business Women Scotland (BWS) Awards.

At a glittering ceremony in Glasgow’s Òran Mór on Friday 19th November, over 100 attendees joined to celebrate Scotland’s women in business and their successes over the last year.

BWS said the award was awarded to “a woman who has made an outstanding impact on the business landscape in Scotland. The nominee should be someone who is both inspirational and a role model.”

Dobson, who was also shortlisted for Business Woman of the Year, was commended by judges for her advocacy work representing the Scottish travel industry, her unwavering commitment and respect to her colleagues, and her leadership within the Glasgow business community.

Barrhead Travel’s directors nominated Dobson for the award. They said:

“Throughout the pandemic, Jacqueline has been an extraordinary champion for her colleagues and peers across the travel industry. She wholeheartedly prioritised her teams and safeguarded the wellbeing of her employees.

“Her creative thinking, steadiness and determination to drive positive change has navigated Barrhead Travel during the most tumultuous crisis that our industry has ever seen.

“Above all else, it is Jacqueline’s loyalty and belief in her people that make her a truly powerful and inspiring leader.”

Dobson said she felt “honoured” to stand in a room amongst other inspiring female business leaders:

“Being a woman in business still has its challenges. But, to be surrounded by so many resilient female leaders who are making waves in their fields and helping to pave the way for the next generation of women in business is really uplifting.

“I am grateful to my team for nominating me for this award. Any recognition is only achieved through teamwork and I am privileged to work with such a talented and supportive group of colleagues.”

Earlier this year, Dobson was awarded the Contribution to Travel award by Travel Trade Gazette at their annual Top 50 Awards ceremony. The award paid tribute to Dobson’s outstanding work within the travel industry during the pandemic.