The country’s largest awards championing gender equalities announces the Future and Power Lists for 2020

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.

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”.

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).

There are many great stories coming out of Yorkshire being shared by Northern Power Women through their Future and Power List Announcements.

Featuring within the Future List are:

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.

Lianne Potter joins the list representing Technology in her role as Software Developer and Cyber Security Evangelist for NHS Digital.  Lianne is passionate about promoting diversity in tech by encouraging more women into the industry.  Another newcomer with a Tech background is Junior Developer at Sky, Naomi Sharif who is self taught.  Naomi’s aim is to provide more knowledge and information to people who come from non-STEM backgrounds on how they can also start their career in Tech.

Nagina Javaid, Senior Strategy Adviser (Youth Participation, Volunteering and Social Action) for NHS England.  Nagina believes she can elevate others by supporting them to have a voice and supporting the organisation and her colleagues to recognise talent and leadership at a young age.

On the Power List

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

Rachel Cooper, Structural Engineer, is front and centre when it comes to initiatives that champion our women at Arup, being at the forefront of the creation of the Women’s Leadership Programme at Arup.

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.

Eve Roodhouse is Chief Officer on Economic Development at Leeds City Council, where she is responsible for the delivery framework for the city’s Inclusive Growth Strategy. Eve also leads on economic policy, business growth support, inward investment and visitor economy. Eve is a member of the Leadership Group of the Chamber of Commerce, a Director of North Invest and a civic commissioner on the third Leeds Poverty Truth Commission.