We are delighted to announce that our director has been nominated for Man of the Year in the International Women’s Day Awards 2015.

Carl Hopkins has been recognised in the annual awards ceremony organised by the Network She Foundation for his role in helping Faith PR more than treble its turnover as well as his role in supporting enterprise in the UK.

A marketer and business entrepreneur, Carl joined Faith PR in August 2013 as commercial director and in that time has helped the agency to expand significantly, with 210% growth in the past 12 months.

Carl has over 30 years’ experience in design, marketing, advertising and branding as well as business ownership. Following the sale of his £20m turnover full service agency, JDA, in 2007, Carl has divided his time between a variety of businesses, charities and enterprise organisations.

This included a role as a Trustee of the Leeds United Foundation, which supports young people in deprived areas of the Leeds City Region and also as a founding patron for the award-winning Rotherham-based ‘Are Your Ready’, which aims to embed Enterprise into the Primary School Curriculum.

Carl is also an ambassador for HRH the Prince of Wales’s iniaitive PRIME (The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise), the only national organisation dedicated to offering support to the over 50s who are unemployed or facing redundancy, to explore self-employment.

In addition, Carl was invited by Business Secretary Vince Cable to sit on his Entrepreneurs’ Forum and spent three years, from 2009 to 2012, advising the government on the new business policies with the high profile entrepreneurs including  James Caan, Julie Meyer and Jan Fletcher.

Today, when he’s not working here at Faith PR, Carl acts as a Growth Accelerator Coach and regularly speaks at business events and at educational institutions around the country to share some of the experiences garnered in his career and support the entrepreneurial aims of children.

Speaking about the award shortlisting which Stefanie nominated him for he said: “I am thrilled to have made it to the final of the ‘Man of the Year’ category in the International Women’s Day Awards. As well as recognising the work of some of the north’s most successful business people, the not-for-profit event raises much-needed funds to support women and young people across the country, which I wholeheartedly support.”

The winners of the Network She International Women’s Day Awards will be announced at a black tie ceremony in Chester on March 13.