Shipley managing director wins silver at the Stevie Awards in New York

Salts Mill

The Managing Director of Shipley’s BTL Group Ltd., Sonya Whitworth, beat representatives of some of the biggest global brands on the international stage to take home silver at the world’s premier business awards in New York.

Sonya was the only UK finalist in the ‘Female Executive of the Year – Business Products – 11-2,500 Employees’ category at the 2019 International Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

This well-deserved achievement is in recognition of Sonya’s fantastic leadership at BTL, and the inspiration and encouragement she provides to her colleagues. It is also further recognition of BTL’s progress on the international scene.

On returning from the awards ceremony, Sonya gave her thanks to family and colleagues, commenting:

“It was fantastic to be part of such a great event, and I was honoured to be amongst so many successful businesswomen. This kind of achievement doesn’t happen without the support of some amazing people. My husband and children have always been highly supportive of my work. My fellow board members are a true inspiration and I continue to learn so much from all of them. Most importantly, is the support of the BTL team. They are such a talented and committed set of people, and without them I would not have achieved such international recognition.”

Company Chair Bob Gomersall said:

“BTL has grown dramatically since Sonya became Managing Director. This is largely due to her style of leadership, a respected personality and her enthusiasm for the business. The Stevie Awards are the world’s premier business awards and this provides international recognition for a Yorkshire-based leader and also for the company that she leads. We hope this provides an inspiration for the region.”

Established in 1985, BTL Group Ltd. has grown into a renowned global provider of assessment technology and services trusted by some of the world’s highest profile providers of high-stakes summative assessments. It serves the Surpass Community from offices in the UK (trading as BTL) and in the United States (trading as BTL Surpass Inc.)

Since 2007, BTL’s core focus has been the development of its award-winning Assessment Platform, Surpass. Surpass is considered to be one of the best solutions available and is used internationally to create, deliver and mark over 3 million computer-based tests every year.