Swindon and Wiltshire’s Most Inspiring Women 2024 | Emily Palmer

By Nick Batten on 19 March, 2024

To mark International Women’s Day 2024, which takes place every year on 8th March, we’re celebrating some of Swindon and Wiltshire’s most inspiring women. 

Through our website and social media channels, we asked our readers which women in our community inspire them and created a list of 20. The list will be printed in our spring magazine and from Friday 1st March, every weekday throughout the month we are profiling and championing each of these fantastic women online and via our social feeds.

Today we put the spotlight on Emily Palmer… 

Emily – a registered nurse and Project Manager in the NHS – demonstrates a profound commitment to philanthropy and social advocacy. In 2015, she founded Oscar’s Fund, a charitable initiative established in memory of her stillborn nephew, showcasing her dedication to the charitable sector. Her contributions to voluntary work have earned her prestigious awards, including the British Citizen Award for Volunteering (BCA(v)), the Coronation Champion award for charitable endeavors, and the Wiltshire Life Award for services to the community.

Emily’s leadership extends beyond her professional roles. She has served as Co-Chair of the Student Nurse Council at Oxford Brookes University, where her pioneering work on sustainability initiatives has been recognised with a national award. In this role, Emily has championed strategies for sustainability, equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), mental health and well-being support. Additionally, as a Youth Policy Advisor, and a member of the nominations committee for the YHA’s board of trustees, Emily plays a pivotal role by facilitating the active participation of young people in governance and decision-making processes.

Her achievements extend to prestigious invitations, including speaking engagements at Buckingham Palace and internationally at the 5th Universal International Rector’s Summit. She successfully completed the Santander Women Emerging Leaders Programme at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), further enhancing her leadership skills and expertise.

Emily said, “I am deeply honoured to be recognised, particularly for my voluntary work and commitment to supporting our communities. I firmly believe in the importance of giving back and am proud to contribute to initiatives that make a positive impact on the lives of others.

“It’s so important that we mark International Women’s Day to celebrate women’s achievements and advocate for a more inclusive and equitable future.”

One of her nominations said, “We believe Emily’s tireless energy and enthusiasm, outstanding innovation and timely leadership which was on display from a young age, is an example to not only women but all of us who care for our communities. Emily has overcome many health obstacles to quickly establish herself as an effective leader. Emily identifies real need and takes time to mitigate these matters and effect change, not just for the short term but for many years ahead.”

Goughs Solicitors are proud sponsors of this feature. Goughs have a strong female team and work with many female business owners across the area. The team are getting behind this feature as it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in our community.

Pictured above: Emily Palmer