6 March 2018, Hilton Hotel Deansgate, Manchester

Northern Power Women Awards

The 2018 Northern Power Women Awards Shortlist is out!
Join us for our third year of awards celebrating fantastic role models from across the North, the awards also feature our Power and Future list.

6 March 2018
Hilton Hotel Deansgate, Manchester
Welcome drink followed by 3 course meal including half a bottle of wine per person

2018 Shortlist

Agent of Change

Charlotte Percy
Associate Family Law Solicitor
McAlister Family Law

Harinder Kaur
Social, Culture & Ethos Leader
The Co-operative Academy of Leeds

Emily Cox
Director of Public Affairs
Virgin Money

Nazir Afzal OBE
Former Chief Prosecutor
Now Consultant Self-employed

Farrah Qureshi
Founder and CEO
Global Diversity Practice

Rob Mukherjee
Head of North West

2018 Shortlist

One to Watch

Charis Charles
Director of Access & Education
Phoenix Dance Theatre

Hollie Woodard
Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
VolkerWessels UK

Deborah Zaher
Youth Mentor
Time to Shine

Jade Parkinson-Hill

Naomi Mwasambili

Faye Jenkins
Sustainability and Stakeholder Lead
BAM Nuttall

Jayne Croft
Corporate Solicitor

2018 Shortlist

Person with Purpose

Gemma Aitchison
Activist, Student, Carer, Mother
YES Matters

Kim Leadbeater
More in Common

Jessie Jacobs
Policy & Campaigns Officer

Lizzie Jordan
Think2Speak CIC

Julie Bell
Region Chief Commissioner
Girlguiding NWE; head of Libraries, museums, culture and Registrars LCC

Sue Murphy
Deputy Leader
Manchester City Council

2018 Shortlist

Innovation Award


Street Shakers Sports

Liverpool Girl Geeks


Training Attention CIC

Power Process and Nuclear Division – Mott MacDonald

Tech Returners

2018 Shortlist

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Carolyn Pearson
Maiden Voyage

Helen Stephens
Little Sandbox
Joint Managing Director
@LittleSandboxUK @HP_Stephens

Samantha White
Pukka Insure

Elizabeth Clark
Dream Agility
CEO and Founder

Special Recognition Judges Award
Julie Kenny CBE DL

Non-Executive Director,
Julie Kenny Consultancy Limited.

Fiona Simpson
Art Venturers
Managing Director

Kate Ball
Mini First Aid
Founder & Director

Stacey Dennis
Love Layla Designs

2018 Shortlist

Mentor of the Year

Angela Norman
Senior Manager

Nickala Torkington
Co-founder and Director
Flourish Together CIC
@Nickala5 @FlourishCIC

Marzia Babakarkhail
Women’s Activist and Constituency Caseworker

Dr Rebecca (Cherry) Slane
Owner and Principal Instructor
Cherry Dance – Academy of Burlesque and Pole Fitness

Zara Crane-Davies
Head of Office
Working Chance

Miriam Willis
Strategic Solutions Specialist

Rob Mukherjee
Head of North West

2018 Shortlist

Transformational Leader

Anne Boyd
Chief Executive
Active Cheshire

Helen Baker
QA Director
Sage (UK) Limited

Elizabeth Vega
Global Chief Executive Officer
Informed Solution

Rob Mukherjee
Head of North West

Erika Rushton
Creative Economist
The Beautiful Ideas Co/Baltic Creative Chair/Womens Leadership Campaign

Wieke Eringa
CEO & Artistic Director
Yorkshire Dance

2018 Shortlist

Small Organisation

Draw & Code

IPPR North

Gradconsult Ltd

Reform Radio

Tapestry Compliance LLP

2018 Shortlist

Medium Organisation

Atom bank

Spencer Group

Signature Living


2018 Shortlist

Large Organisation

Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Virgin Money

Daisy Group



DWP Digital

TransPennine Express

Wigan Council


Book your tickets for our unmissable awards night at the Hilton Hotel Manchester
Northern Power Women Awards

Showcasing Role Models

The third Northern Power Women Awards will take place on 6 March 2018 in a glittering evening ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Deansgate Manchester.

The Northern Power Women Awards showcase role models and celebrate the many different ways women contribute to a thriving Northern Powerhouse. The inaugural awards were held in March 2016, attracting 440 organisation leaders, change agents, and inspiring male and female role models and, in 2017, 520 celebrated success across the North.

The awards celebrate the women and men working towards creating gender balance in organisations across the entire Northern Powerhouse. Winners are profiled and their stories shared to encourage other individuals and organisations to step up and take action. The awards also feature a Power list and a Future list, which showcase future leaders and influencers.

The awards takes place 6.30-11pm and includes reception drink, 3 course meal and half a bottle of wine per person.