2018 Northern Power Women Award Winners

This year we aimed to be bigger, brighter and bolder than ever so we were thrilled to receive 959 nominations which proved a challenging and inspiring task for our 38 judges.

In our third year it was great to see growth, but what was also brilliant to see was an increase of 28% in North East nominations as well as a 12% rise in the number of men.

The nominations and this incredible growth show the amazing levels of talent we have and how there’s a groundswell of enthusiasm for driving change in and from the North.

In the past year, we’ve gained campaign support from Jake Berry MP, Northern Power House Minister and The Rt Hon Baroness Newlove who has agreed to be our first trustee.

We also launched NPW Live in Leeds, a day of storytelling through the Northern lens, piloted reverse mentoring, launched a research paper and monthly live podcast recordings hosted by the wonderful Sam Walker.

Collaboration is key to Northern Power Women so we are thrilled to announce a partnership with Manchester Airports Group to accelerate gender equality and championing female talent from the north. We are looking forward to working with such a forward thinking key Northern employer.

With support of our partners, Manchester Airport Group, Santander, EY, Morson, Natwest, Excelerate Labs, Northern & MSP Global.iwe will be announcing even more ways you can get involved including Power Circles and all new Futures event – stay tuned! Please have a look at the website for more details.

We are also joining with Edit Mentoring Exchange to expand our existing services to include peer to peer mentoring and sponsorship to help support our workplaces.

Thank you to all of our champions and ambassadors, we look forward to growing our community even further in the next 12 months.

Every single nominee has been imortalised on the front of this years brochure – showcasing every person and/or business to ensure they are heard and noticed, because without whom, these awards would not exist.

Be inspired by our amazing change makers, award winners and here’s to a successful 2018!

Download our winners brochure here.

One to Watch

Faye Jenkins 

BAM Nuttall

Person with Purpose

Kim Leadbetter

More In Common

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Sam White

Pukka Insure



Agent of Change

Rob Mukherjee


Mentor Of The Year

Zara Crane-Davies


Nazir Afzal OBE


Julie Kenny CBE


Stacey Dennis

Transformations Leader

Erika Rushton

Baltic Creative CIC

Small Organisation

Draw and Code

Medium Organisation

Spencer Group

Large Organisation


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4 Responses
  1. Julie Newton

    Hi looks like a great celebration.
    I read about mentor exchange could you tell me a little more?


  2. Jo Crane-Davies

    Well done to Zara Crane-Davies, a truly deserved award for hard work that sometimes goes unnoticed, massive thanks to Simone and Rob for putting this amazing, inspiring and awesome event together, let’s all support this event so it can be another successful year for 2019,for all of the Northern power women &(men) in the North who constantly change lives, work hard and are strong northerners.. Let’s do this..