Mentor of the Year
Ali McGrath
Enterprise Enabler at The Women's Organisation

Ali has an intimate knowledge of the business finance sector and has established a powerful network of business enablers. A natural connector and facilitator, Ali has helped over 2,500 businesses over six years, and is a pro bono entrepreneur in residence at Business clinic Liverpool.
Person with Purpose
Alison Madgin
Director of Samatha's Legacy

Alison set up Samantha’s Legacy to educate the next generation on the dangers of knife crime. She has delivered over 1500 sessions to young people aged 12 to 18 over one month, and played an instrumental role in the installation of the Knife Angel, a structure made up of 100,000 surrendered knives.

Collette Devlin-Smith
Chief Executive Officer

Agent of Change
Laura Wood
Marketing Director at Invisible Creations

Described as the driving force behind Invisible Creations, Laura has been transforming lives and supporting independence within the social housing sector, making homes safer and more stylish for older and disabled people.

Dianne Richardson
Chief Executive of Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster

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Small Organisation
Rugby Football League

Rugby Football League is the governing body for one of the most inclusive sports. Focused on developing the game at all levels, all the way from grassroots to elite performance, Rugby Football League encourages social mobility through a game described as ‘more than a sport – a force for good’.
One to Watch
Debbie Rogers
Founder & CEO of Sean's Place

Debbie created Sean’s place following the death of her brother. Sean’s Place offers early intervention for men suffering from anxiety and depression. The charity now supports over 100 men, who access the various support services that are offered.

Claudia Bartholomew
Founder of Claudia & Caitlin Build A School Nkawkaw Ghana

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Large Organisation
Grant Thornton UK LLP

Committed to gender equality, Grant Thornton goes above and beyond to play their part in building a more inclusive work culture and society. They take deliberate action, challenge thinking, and enable new ideas to flourish in an environment of everyday inclusion.

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Outstanding Entrepreneur
Liz Ashall-Payne

Liz is passionate about transforming health and care with apps that enables people to look after their health and wellbeing. Founding ORCHA from her kitchen table back in 2016, the organisation now operates in 11 countries. Liz is a champion of diversity, giving platforms to women, people of colour, and the next tech generation.

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Transformational Leader
Steph Edusei
Chief Executive of St Oswald's Hospice

Steph encourages a culture of embracing change and taking calculated risks. She is passionate about civil rights and social action, holding many non exec and voluntary roles across the North East.

Sharon Davies
CEO of Young Enterprise

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Medium Organisation
ANS Group

ANS was recently identified as having best practices on building a culture of gender diversity, with 33% of their female workforce in managerial roles. ANS are a team of culture-driven, customer obsessed digital transformation experts. On a mission to break down gender stereotypes and inspire more women to join the tech industry.

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Disruptor for Good
Nazir Afzal OBE
Former Chief Crown Prosecutor

During his career Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high-profile cases in the country, changing the landscape on child protection while doing so. He is a national advisor on gender-based violence, amplifier of the voices of the unheard, challenging dishonesty and being a pain in the side of those who push their interests and the expense of those more vulnerable than them.
Women in Social Housing

Established 4 years ago to create a gender equal social housing sector. WISH creates a safe space for women through network events for disclosure of any issues they are facing, turning this learning into action!

Girls In Charge UK

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