7 December 2020, Manchester Central Convention Complex

Northern Power Women Awards

The 2020 Northern Power Women Awards Shortlist is out!
Join us for our fifth year of awards celebrating fantastic role models from across the North, the awards also feature our Power and Future list.


2020 Shortlist

Agent of Change

Sponsored by

Anne Reevell
Country Director North Africa
BBC Media Action
North West

Gina Martin

Gina Martin
North West

Natasha Sayce-Zelem

Head of Tech
Sky and Empowering Women with Tech

Ann Miller-McCaffrey
Armed Forces Diversity Engagement Team

Royal Navy
North West

Louise Clarkson
Station Manager / Chair of Gender Equality Network

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
North East

Craig Hatch
Group Managing Director

WYG, a Tetra Tech Company
North West

Michelle Hands

Nut Job ltd

Sharon Thorne
Deloitte Global Board Chair

North West

2020 Shortlist

One to Watch

Sponsored by

Bianca Robinson
CEO Sleepout UK
North East

Kiera Byland
Athlete, coach, teacher, mentor, volunteer 
Special Olympics NW
North West

Ruqeia Ahmadi
Trainee Solicitor, Head of Legal and Women Affairs, Linguist
Shulmans LLP
Afghan Council of Great Britain, British Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, World Afghan Congress


Elicia Curtis
The REIGN Collective C.I.C
North West

Kim Cooper
Senior Town Planner
North West

Elsa Zekeng 
Soldiarity in Tech
North West

Martina Witter
Co-Founder of BWIBP / Therapist / Health & Wellbeing Consultant
Black Women in Business & Professional Network and Rapha Therapy Service
North West

Sharon MacArthur
Owner/ Founder
Miss Menopause
North East

2020 Shortlist

Person with Purpose

Sponsored by

Amria Khatun
Head of Engagement – Communities Policy
Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government

Lisa Street
Associate Director
Turner & Townsend
North West

Sally Orange
Physiotherapist/Army Reservist/Property Developer
British Army Reserves/Orange Student Properties

Cherylee Houston
Actress and Founder
North West

Margo Cornish
Charity Campaigner
Prevent Breast Cancer/ Maggie’s Manchester & Teenage Cancer Trust
North West

Freema Chambers
CEO, Founder
Community School Clothing Scheme
North East

Noushin Raja
CEO/PT Time Lecturer
Moonlight Trust

Vicky Ringer
Co-Founder of Levi’s Star Children’s Brain Tumour Charity
Levi’s Star Children’s Brain Tumour Charity

2020 Shortlist


Sponsored by

Brighter Sound
North West

TechUP Women, Durham University
North East

The Verve Group
North East

Natalie Jackson / Emily Freeman

Totally Runable

Halo Project Charity
North East

Codilia Gapare
Nakawo Ltd
North West

Flourish Together CIC
North West

2020 Shortlist

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Sponsored by

Anthea Morris
Co-Founder and Finance Director
North West

Lauren Riley
The Link App
North West

Charlotte Armitage
Managing Director and Media Psychologist
Yorkshire Academy of Film and Television Acting

Michelle Vint
Regital Ltd
North West

Sophie Walker

COO & Co-Founder
North West

Dr Jun Zhang
Founder & CEO
Atmos International
North West

Sara Davies MBE
Founder and Creative Director
Crafter’s Companion
North East

2020 Shortlist

Mentor of the year

Sponsored by

Amanda Newman
Senior Manager
North West


Rachel Fitzsimmons

Director – Talk the Talk Education CIC
Talk the Talk Education CIC
North West


Sally Orange
Physiotherapist/Army Reservist/Property Developer
British Army Reserves/Orange Student Properties


Claire Marie Boggiano
Director & Coach
Lurig Change & Development
North West


Ruth Harrison
Managing Director
North East


Julia (Jules) Smith
Founder & Director
People Science Consulting Ltd
North East


Saffeena (Saf) Ali
Tax Director


Zandra Moore


2020 Shortlist

Transformational Leader

Alison Fisher
Chief People Officer
Cox Automotive

Hema Radhakrishnan
Associate Dean for Social Responsibility
The University of Manchester
North West

Rob Melling
North West

Beckie Taylor
Tech Returners
North West

Lesley O’Brien
Freightlink Europe, Freight Train, The Road Haulage Association (RHA)

Clara Shield
Little Big Butterfly/Young Women’s Film Academy
North East

Maggie O’Carroll
Chief Executive
The Women’s Organisation
North West

Zoe Wallace
Agent Academy
North West

2020 Shortlist

Small Organisation

Electric Bazaar

OneFile Ltd

The Women’s Organisation


The Data Shed

Northcoders Limited

The Girls’ Network

Thrive Law


2020 Shortlist

Medium Organisation

Sponsored by

Arla Foods Ltd

Informed Solutions Ltd


Manchester City WFC

Search Consultancy

Direct Rail Services

MediaCom North

Travel Counsellors

2020 Shortlist

Large Organisation

Sponsored by

Bank of America


Stagecoach Group

FDM group

Northumbria Police

TransPennine Express

Yorkshire Building Society

Hull Trains

Page Group

United Utilities

Northern Power Women Future and Power Lists

Check out the newest additions to both NPW Future and Power Lists


Northern Power Women Awards 2020


Book your tickets for our unmissable awards night at Manchester Central Convention Complex
Northern Power Women Awards

Showcasing Role Models

The fifth Northern Power Women Awards will take place on 7 December 2020 in a glittering evening ceremony at  Manchester Central Convention Complex.

The Northern Power Women Awards showcase role models and celebrate the many different ways women contribute to a thriving Northern Powerhouse. The inaugural awards started in March 2016, attracting 440 organisation leaders, change agents, and inspiring male and female role models, in 2017 520 celebrated success across the North and in 2018 580 attended receiving a record 950+ nominations.

Northern Power Women Awards moved to Manchester Central in 2019, attracting 800+ attendees for a huge extravaganza and making a huge bang on social media by trending in 10 locations in the UK.

In 2020 we’re aiming to smash all of our records and reach out to more people to be part of the Northern Power Women movement.

The awards celebrate the women and men (in all categories) 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 showcases women who are future leaders and influencers.

Questions about the awards, nominations and judging process? Visit our FAQ page.

14 August
Nominations Open

During this time it is your opportunity to put forward names of any of the selection of awards on offer, whether anonymously or otherwise. The application period closes on November 7th for the awards and nominations for the Power and Future list.

7 Nov
Nominations Close
14 Nov
Nominees Completed Questions
Nominees final date to submit supplementary questions
25 Nov - 5 Dec
Judging Period

Judging will be undertaken by 10 panels of category judges.
You may be required to submit a brief video response during this time.

7 Jan
Shortlist Announced
22 Jan
Power List & Future List notified
New additions to the Power List and Future List will be notified under embargo
7 December
Awards Ceremony

The final shortlist will be selected once again by the judging panel, from which the winners of each category will be selected and announced on 7 December 2020 at the awards taking place at Manchester Central.

All tickets subject to VAT. Please contact us to pay by invoice and avoid Eventbrite fees. Please note invoices to be paid in full by 3 March 2020 for standard price individual tickets & tables.

7 December 2020, Manchester Central

Book your table

Ticket Prices 

(including welcome drink, three course meal and  1/2 bottle of wine per person) 

Individual ticket £150

Table of 10 £1450

Table of 12 £1740

VIP table of 10 (£2100) or 12 (£2520) (including glass of champagne and upgraded wine 1/2 bottle per person) 

You can book via Eventbrite (please note this is subject to eventbrite fees)

Prices subject to VAT at current rate

We have ‘Pay it Forward’ and limited discounted tickets to enable individuals to attend who might not be able to attend contact us to apply: connect@northernpowerwomen.com