Welcome to the 2023

 Menopause Friendly Employer Awards

Join us for the second year of the industry-leading Menopause Friendly Employer Awards

About the awards

Celebrating the amazing things that Menopause Friendly Members are doing to change the lived experience of people going through menopause.

  • Open to all Menopause Friendly Members
  • Thursday 14 September 2023
  • The Royal Lancaster London and online

We’ll be celebrating the employers making a difference…

Accredited Menopause Friendly Employers

By meeting the Independent Panel’s standards and achieving accreditation

Employers committed to being Menopause Friendly

Wherever they are on their journey to accreditation

For individuals who have done something extra special

Which deserves recognition

Charity and research

Every penny of profit makes a big difference

Last year we raised

As well as celebrating employers who have gone above and beyond in their quest to be menopause friendly, last year we made a huge difference to lives by supporting a range of menopause-related programmes…


Fully funded a 3-year research study into menopause and autism with Bournemouth University.


Funded 200 free counselling sessions for young women diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI).


Funded research into women’s reproductive and gynaecological health, including menopause.

Meet our host, Louise Minchin

British television presenter, journalist and former news presenter

Louise has spoken openly about her own experience of working through menopause, and has used her high profile to champion the health and wellbeing of mid-life women.

She accepted the invitation to host the Menopause Friendly Employer Awards for the second year to help show the positive impact of having menopause friendly policies and to find the right guidance, resources and training to achieve The Menopause Friendly Accreditation.

“It’s amazing that we’re celebrating something that was a taboo even a few years ago!”

– Louise Minchin

Location and how to join

The Menopause Friendly Employer Awards are accessible to all members…

The 2023 Menopause Friendly Employer Awards will be hosted at

The Royal Lancaster, London

The Royal Lancaster London

The hotel borders Hyde Park and is easily accessible wherever you’re travelling from. It’s around the corner from Lancaster Gate Tube Station and a mere 20 minute walk from Paddington station.


The event will be hosted in the Nine Kings Suite. There are 411 beautiful guest rooms at the venue.


There are numerous hotels nearby to suit a range of budgets

Three ways to join…

Join us in person in London

Join us in London for a pre-dinner drink, the Award ceremony, a three-course meal and an evening of dancing and celebrating.

Join via a virtual table

Recommended for bigger groups, book a space or meeting room and join the action at the venue while enjoying your own fun with your dedicated virtual host.

Watch the livestream

Can’t join us at the Royal Lancaster or on a virtual table? We will have cameras capturing live footage of the Award ceremony which you can watch via a livestream link wherever you are.

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NDA, Menopause Friendly Employer Awards sponsor
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Vitabiotics - Sponsor of the Menopause Friendly Employer Awards

2023 Award Categories

Entries open on 22 May 2023, and all applications must be received by 21 July 2023.

Shortlists will be announced in August, and winners will be announced on the evening on 14 September 2023. Good luck!

Company Award Categories

Your organisation is making a huge difference to the lived experience of those going through menopause at work. And we think that’s something to celebrate.

Click to read more about each award category and apply for your chosen award categories today!

Menopause Friendly Employer of the Year Award 2023

Accredited organisation that shows the most integration of menopause into its culture, changing the lived experience of those experiencing menopause in the workplace. How have you integrated menopause into all your policies and practices, made menopause easy to talk about, put the right training in place and evaluated its success?

NEW: Menopause Friendly SMALL Employer of the year Award 2023

Accredited organisation that shows the most integration of menopause into its culture, changing the lived experience of those experiencing menopause in the workplace. How have you integrated menopause into all your policies and practices, made menopause easy to talk about, put the right training in place and evaluated its success? 

NEW: Most Inclusive Menopause Friendly Employer

Everyone needs to know about the menopause. This award will go to the organisation that demonstrates they understand that everyone experiences menopause differently and encourages everyone to get involved, taking into account gender, age, race and cultural differences. 

Most Open Workplace

The organisation that has created a series of initiatives to enable open conversations around menopause, including support from senior leadership, through awareness and education – getting everyone involved in the conversation. How do you reach all employees? How often do you communicate? How do you know your engagement is working to make significant change?

Best Engagement Campaign

The organisation that developed a creative campaign which has ignited changing perceptions of menopause in the workplace through creativity, making it a normal conversation. What made it distinctive?

Most Menopause Friendly Environment

The organisation that has the best-designed workplaces and working environments for its colleagues. Putting adjustments in place to ensure colleagues who are working with menopausal symptoms are comfortable and able to continue thriving.

Best Trained Workforce

The organisation that has introduced a comprehensive programme for menopause in the workplace training, considering the many different audience groups and needs.

Best Training Initiative

The organisation that launched the best training initiative to begin the process of transforming their culture into a receptive workplace for conversations around menopause.

Best Support Group

The organisation that has created the best community group, ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for conversations around menopause in the workplace.

Most Supportive Partner

The organisation that demonstrates the most effort to encourage and inspire external organisations to take action and start conversations around menopause in the workplace.

Individual Award Categories

Our individual award categories celebrate the people that have done something extra special to change the lived experience of those going through menopause. Click to read more about each category, and either nominate yourself, or someone inspirational that you think deserves recognition.

The Community Award

Will be awarded to the person who displayed the biggest support, either for others around them or by taking a lead to make their own organisation menopause friendly.

The Carolyn Lazarus Award

aThe Carolyn Lazarus Award  is a very special accolade, and will be given to the individual who has had the biggest impact on changing the way people think and feel about the menopause, both in and out of the workplace.

Carolyn Lazarus was the founder of totally4women (t4w), an online community for women to allow and encourage them to share their experiences, ask the kind of questions they had felt unable to raise before and offer support to one another. The success of her initiative brought women together, often allowing them to gain, or regain, confidence and a sense of being. Carolyn was full of energy and fortitude: her determination and willingness to listen and learn was born out of her passion to help other women.

Tragically, Carolyn, wife to Marc and mother to Daisy and Chad, died in 2015.

Throughout her life she faced challenges and opportunities with courage and strength of spirit and would be pleased to know this award recognises such attributes in its recipient.

Celebrating last year’s winners…

Bristol Myers Squibb

Winner of Menopause Friendly Employer of Year 2022 and Best Trained Workforce.

Thames Valley Police

Winner of Most Open Workplace

Boots UK and ROI

Winner of Best Engagement Campaign

Leicestershire County Council

Winner of Best Training Initiative

Aster Group

Winner of Best Support Group

HSBC including first direct and M&S Bank

Winner of Most Menopause Friendly Environment

Santander UK

Winner of Most Supportive Partner

Mandy Baughurst of Leicestershire County Council

Winner of The Community Award

Theresa Winters of Santander UK

Winner of The Carolyn Lazarus Award

The Menopause Friendly

Independent Panel

Award applications will be reviewed by The Menopause Friendly Independent Panel of experts.

These experts set out and govern the Menopause Friendly standards, and review all applications for The Menopause Friendly Accreditation. All with distinguished careers across a huge range of industries, one thing they all have in common: they’re passionate about accelerating change in menopause in the workplace best-practice.


Professor Brewis is co-author of the Government Equalities Office,  Menopause transition: effects on women’s economic participation .

Putting this work into practice by introducing the first university menopause policy in the UK, and helping employers understand why being menopause friendly is urgent and important.

Evelyn dickey

A Non-Executive Director on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Board, Evelyn has extensive People Leadership experience.

She pioneered the introduction of the first menopause policy in Severn Trent in 2017 and has continually encouraged other employers to do the same.

Paul sesay

Paul Sesay is the Founder and CEO of the Inclusive Top 50 Employers, National Diversity Awards, Excellence in Diversity Awards and The Diversity Group.

With over ten years’ experience within the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion sector, Paul has worked with some of the largest organisations in the world on their diversity and inclusion.

Vanessa Vallely obe

Vanessa is the Founder and CEO of   We Are The City and We Are Tech Women.

She is passionate about gender equality and provides guidance and consultancy to both government and corporate organisations who are seeking to attract, develop and retain their female talent.

susannah fish obe

Ex-Chief Constable Sue Fish OBE introduced the first menopause policy into a police force in 2017, during her 30-year policing career.

She’s passionate about menopause and leadership, encouraging all employers to take menopause awareness, education and support seriously.

jog hundle

Jog heads the health and care employment team at   Mills & Reeve, having specialised in the sector for over 25 years.

She’s passionate about helping employers understand the importance of taking menopause seriously to benefit employees and the organisation.

Suzanne banks cbe

A recently retired NHS chief nurse,   Suzanne is passionate about raising the profile of menopause in the workplace, having created and introduced the comprehensive programme at Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust in 2018.

Since then, she’s encouraged other NHS Trusts to take action.

anne bell

Anne was the Senior People Lead at HSBC UK Corporate Bank. She was instrumental in recognising the need for menopause awareness, education, and providing support for individuals.

She started the campaign resulting in  HSBC UK becoming the UK’s first accredited Menopause Friendly employer.

bernice Allport mbe

Bernice Allport MBE has worked in the civil service for over 36 years in a number of departments and agencies and is the founder, and former chair of the award-winning Cross Government Menopause Network.

She is passionate about gender equality and women’s health in the workplace, with a firm belief that women can thrive in all stages of their working lives.

pamela hutchinson OBE

As the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Bloomberg, Pamela leads the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives around the world whilst establishing strategic direction, goals and accountability.

Pamela is cited as one of the most visible and vocal thought leaders and advocates for diversity across the private sector and has more than 20 years’ experience in managing diversity cross engineering, financial services, technology and media.

Helen normoyle

Helen is co-founder of My Menopause Centre, an online clinic and community empowering women to take control of their menopause.

She has held Chief Marketing Officer roles with Boots, the BBC, DFS and Countrywide and worked in broadcast and telecoms regulation at Ofcom and in the mobile technology sector with Motorola.

Congratulations to the inspirational employers who have achieved
The Menopause Friendly Accreditation

hp_enterprise_menopause friendly employer
medical protection menopause friendly employer
central and north west london NHS menopause friendly employer
clarion housing menopause friendly employer
marine management organisation menopause friendly employer
Civil Nuclear Constabulary menopause friendly employer
West Ham United Menopause Friendly Accreditation
Alzheimer's Society
Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board Menopause Friendly Employer
Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System Menopause Friendly Employer
Suffolk and North East Essex Menopause Friendly Employer
fujitsu - menopause friendly employer
Moody's Menopause Friendly Employer
Lowell Group Menopause Friendly Employer
Leicestershire Police - Accredited Menopause Friendly Employer
Virgin Media, menopause friendly employer
Balfour Beatty, menopause friendly employer
Saga, menopause friendly employer
Unilever, Menopause Friendly Employer
WeightWatchers UK (WW)
The Abbeyfield Society
Thames Valley Police
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)
Menopause Friendly Employers
Burness Paull
Leicestershire County Council
South Tees NHS Trust, menopause friendly

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