Northern Power Women Future and Power Lists announced

Northern Power Women today have released the names of 102 women who have contributed to making a difference in their communities and organisations as well as raising awareness of gender equality across the North of England. 


The Power List celebrates women who challenge the norm and use their influence and power for good. The Future List recognises the leaders and change makers of the future who are already making a difference in their environments and communities. 


Now entering their fifth year, the Northern Power Women Awards supported by headline sponsor EY celebrate the women and men who work towards creating gender balance in organisations and who passionately support equality across the North.   


We are delighted to be headline sponsors of the 2020 Northern Power Women Awards. The awards fly the flag for women across the region and it has been a pleasure connecting with so many amazing women over the last three years. Victoria Price Partner, EY 


The awards, which are now the largest in the country, showcase and spotlight the winners not only during the awards event, but also continuously throughout the year, to ensure ongoing visibility for these role models and to use their presence to inspire. 


52 amazing individuals have been added to the Future List and a further 50 to the Power List sponsored by Manchester Airports Group. 


Northern Power Women is the only pan-northern campaign accelerating gender equality and involves a range of activities including connecting, influencing, thought leadership, and an annual awards ceremony. 


Check out some of the stories from the newest additions to Northern Power Women Power List:  


Anna Rothery, the first black lord mayor of Liverpool. A councillor for 15 years, making political history in 2012 as the first elected member to address the United Nations on religious, linguistic and ethnicity differences.  


Director of the Blair Project, Marilyn Comrie OBE is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, STEM ambassador and leadership coach who is a passionate advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion in the male dominated worlds of STEM. 


Renee Hunt, Sky, is passionate about championing the profile of women in the tech industry and particularly into Yorkshire. 

Nicola Hallworth Rudd, Regional Director, Michael Page, is most proud of turning around a failing cricket club, qualifying as an ECB cricket coach, coaching 100 children and setting up a ladies softball and cricket team, all outside of her day job, advocating for gender equality and totally outside of her comfort zone. 


Ruth Shaw, General Manager for the Premier League Charitable Fund.  Ruth was born in Lancaster.  She mentors, supports and champions women at all levels across the football community, whilst also celebrating the male allies who have played an important part in the journey to make football more equal 


Experienced educationalist Professor Alison Shaw, Associate Professor at Durham University Business School, Dr Joanna Berry and GCSE Student Amelia Clark have all been added to the lists representing talent in academia in the North East. 



Simone Roche MBE, founder and CEO of Northern Power Women, who was interviewed on BBC World News yesterday, said that this year’s awards have seen an impressive 75% increase in the number of nominees for both the Power List and Future List. 


 “Once again this year I have been absolutely amazed at the outstanding number and quality of nominations we’ve received and it has been hugely impressive to see the range of organisations represented – from defence, media, rail and tech to influential academics and entrepreneurs,” said Simone. 


“I’ve always known there were incredible role models in and from the North, but after receiving almost 1500 nominations, I have to say that even I was astounded. Our incredible category panels made up of 65 judges had a difficult – but inspiring – time identifying the shortlisted nominees.” 


“All levels of influence and sectors are recognised,” Emily Cox MBE, Northern Power Women judge and Power List ambassador said “It is fantastic to see so much representation from across the North within the Future and Power Lists”. 


On the Future List we welcome talent from across all regions 


Amy Straker, D&I Advisor for EY. Amy focuses on supporting EY’s D&I strategy by helping to create a culture of belonging. Both inside and outside of work Amy is committed to educating and raising awareness of the challenges and barriers faced by minorities. 


Ruth Ng is the Head of Sales & Marketing at Northcoders. She learned to code at their 12-week coding bootcamp in 2017 and loved what they did so much she asked to stay. Since then, she has dedicated herself to turning the so-called “Digital Skills Gap” into an opportunity for a fulfilling new career, for hundreds of people.  


Laura Wilson, Community Outreach Officer for Manchester City Football Club has been involved with social inclusion projects, health and well-being initiatives and youth development for the past 7 years.  


Positive Action Lead for Northumbria Police is Police Officer Zoe Hingston.  Zoe is passionate about making a difference by empowering those in the minority and often overlooked. Dedicated to equality and cultural evolution and challenging the status quo. 


Innovation Manager for Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Ravneet Kaur has always supported gender equality by taking various initiatives e.g. Enterprise Advisor at Local Enterprise Partnership, STEM Ambassador, Championing diversity agenda at work. 


Yorkshire Water’s Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Carolene Ayake who is tackling the challenges that the organisation faces in terms of low representation of women and BAME colleagues in operational and leadership roles.   


Representing Sport in Yorkshire are Danielle Brown, CEO and Founder of Danielle Brown Ltd, Fran Brown, Managing Director and CEO of Goals4Girls and Halima Khan.  Halima works within the field of sport development and has extensive experience of championing diversity and inclusion in sport. 


The winners of the Northern Power Women Awards will be announced on 16 March at a gala awards night and dinner at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Individual tickets and corporate tables are now available, and the event will once again offer ‘Pay it Forward’ and discounted tickets through a ballot for individuals who may otherwise not be able to attend (to date this has supported over 200 individuals to attend). 


Check out all of the new additions to NPW Future List and Power List here: https://www.northernpowerwomen.com/role-models/ 

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