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New awards celebrate men and women supporting gender diversity

25 November 2015 11:15


Northern Power Women, the campaign to improve gender diversity in the North of England, has launched a new awards programme that celebrates and showcases role models who take positive steps towards transforming business culture.

In addition to the awards, the campaign is also looking for the Top 50 women and men who are providing both inspiration and opportunity to women in the workplace and another Top 50 leaders of the future when it comes to creating gender balanced workplaces.

Jo Swinson former Minster for Women and Equalities said "Simone has created something special with Northern Power Women. The event has harnessed huge energy from businesses and individuals to drive change. It's brilliant to see the Northern Power Women awards now cel-ebrating both women and men who are committed to building more equal and diverse workplaces."
Simone Roche, founder of Northern Power Women, said that the awards were developed following a hugely successful conference earlier this year.

“We held our first conference earlier this year and there has just been so much support for what we’re trying to do, we wanted to create a way to recognise the people who passionately support gender equality,” said Simone.

“There’s a huge momentum here in the North towards creating the right environment and supporting gender diversity and both the awards and Top 50 lists were born from this.

“We want to encourage a strong pool of nominations so our stellar judges have the opportunity to select an inspiring shortlist and winners we can showcase the raft of talent and transformational leadership we have in the North”.

Judges confirmed so far
Jo Swinson, former Women and Equalities Minister
Andrew Cornish, CEO, Liverpool Airport
Karen Hubbard, COO, B&M Retail
David Fairhurst, Vice President People, McDonalds
Sally Bucknell, Director, Diversity & Inclusiveness, EY
Ian Morrison, Regional Leader Yorkshire & North East, PwC
Paula Chadwick, CEO, Roy Castle Lung Foundation
Ali Gayward, UK Commercial Manager, easyJet
Ruth Shaw, Head of Campaigns & Engagement, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Penny Haslam, Business Journalist & Broadcaster

There are nine categories to enter and more than half of the awards are open to both men and women:

One to Watch
Outstanding Entrepreneur
Person of Purpose
Mentor of the Year
Agent of Change
Transformational Leader
Small Business
Medium Business
Large Business

The Northern Power Women awards are the first of their kind to celebrate the women and men working towards creating gender balance in organisations and passionately supporting gender equality across the Northern Powerhouse regions of the UK.

“Whether our nominees are working in the North or hail from the North, these awards will recognise the people leading the step change we need and raise their profile as role models to inspire current and future business leaders,” said Simone.

Nominations for all the categories, and for the ‘Top 50 Power List’ and the ‘Top 50 Future List' close on 18 December and winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner in Manchester on 3 March 2016.

For more information or to make a nomination, visit

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