Former Lancashire Police chief constable Pauline Clare has been honoured at a special awards ceremony in London.
Mrs Clare, the UK’s first ever female chief constable, was named as an ‘icon’ in the 2012 Pink Shoe Icon Awards.
The former top cop, who retired from Lancashire Police in 2002, was nominated for the award by her peers.
She received the award over afternoon tea at the House of Commons on Thursday.
Mrs Clare took up the role of Lancashire’s chief constable in 1995.
The awards are given to inspiring women of outstanding achievement in their field.
Other women who were named as ‘icons’ at the event were Diane Abbott MP, the first black woman to be elected to the House of Commons; and Felicity Aston, the first woman to cross Antarctica alone.
Baroness Hayman (Helene) DBG PC, the first ever Lord Speaker and Jill Pay, the first female Sergeant at Arms in almost 600 years, were also recognised at the special event.
Organisers say the recipients were chosen for their high flying status within their careers and for their efforts helping others in society.
The winners were chosen by PSC members, who include leading entrepreneurs, politicians and senior professionals.
Helene Martin Gee, founder of the Pink Shoe Club said: “We’re delighted to have these inspiring women together in one room.
“Their remarkable achievements prove that women are at the forefront of UK business and society.”
Pink Shoe Club was established in 2007, by entrepreneur and leading parliamentary advisor Helene Martin Gee.
The network for influential women was launched in the House of Lords, with Founding Patron Benazir Bhutto.
Its patrons are the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP and Tessa Sanderson CBE.