Zoe Hooton featured in LBV ‘Women who Inspire’
Looking to shine the spotlight on Lancashire women who inspire, Lancashire Business View posed the question to its readers, ‘who inspires you?’.
This year HPA director Zoe Hooton was featured in the LBV article ‘Women who Inspire’ having been invited to be part of the women in business panel, at the LBV magazine March/April launch event at Porsche centre Preston.
LBV publish a list of ‘Women who inspire’ each year, to celebrate and recognise all the women who are energising and encouraging others to make their mark in Lancashire and beyond. From an impressive list of nominations, LBV chose those who they believe represent all the very best values shown by Lancashire’s inspirational women in business.
Having become one of the youngest Architect Directors in the North of England, Zoe’s community involvement and commitment to education was highlighted in the article. As well as holding various positions including a mentor and advisor within the RIBA, Zoe is on the council of Women in Property and was recently appointed on the Advisory Board of the new school of Architecture at Lancaster University.
HPA have had strategic involvement in the formation of an Architecture Youth Group, in collaboration with Lancaster and Morecambe charity Escape2Make. Teaching and running regular voluntary sessions, Zoe hopes to encourage aspiring architects to become whoever they want to be, regardless of their background.
Passionate about outdoors accessibility and inclusive spaces for all, Zoe is currently working on a Feasibility Study for the Unique Kidz playfield proposal – a Morecambe youth and community centre that offers disabled children access to high-quality play activities and childcare.
Zoe also has a keen interest in preserving the character of natural and heritage sites whilst enabling diversification for the current climate. Backed by an MA in the Conservation of the Historic Environment, a current focus of Zoe’s is to understand the retrofit of heritage buildings.
Lancashire Business View director Rachel Norris says, ‘The fantastic response to our invitation for nominations show just how many influential entrepreneurs and fearless trailblazers we have in Lancashire…it was a challenge to come up with our final list, which we think encapsulates the qualities of our readers’ female role models, and why they are so important to them.’