NORTHERN POWER WOMEN announce the 2019 Power and Future Lists

Heidi Mottram

23.01.2019

The Northern Power Women has released the names of 100 women, including Northumbrian Water Chief Executive, Heidi Mottram, who have contributed to making a difference in their communities and raising awareness of gender equality in northern England.

The Northern Power Women has released the names of 100 women, including Northumbrian Water Chief Executive, Heidi Mottram, who have contributed to making a difference in their communities and raising awareness of gender equality across the North of England.

The Power List celebrates women who challenge the norm and ensure that everyone they work with recognise the benefit of having a gender-balanced workplace. The Future List recognises the influencers and change makers of the future who are already making a difference in their environments and communities.

Commenting, Heidi said: “I’m delighted and feeling very proud to be in the company of these amazing women on the Power List.  Historically the UK engineering sector has been predominantly seen as a male environment, however we are committed to addressing this and are working hard to give girls and women more opportunities than ever before.”

As NPW’s work championing diversity in the workplace and in business has gathered pace, the organisation has expanded its activities firmly across the entire Northern Powerhouse regions, “This means we can celebrate the work of more Power Women and bring a spotlight on their amazing achievements,” said NPW founder Simone Roche MBE.

Different sectors are breaking new ground with inclusion in the Power and Future lists, with musicians, chefs and other creatives joining the bankers, entrepreneurs and other organisational leaders that have made the running in previous years. “This shows that celebrating inclusivity is high on everyone’s list of priorities,” added Roche, and it provides a welcome headache for the now 60-strong judging panel.

New sponsors Morson Group are equally as enthusiastic: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Northern Power Women Future’s List this year,” said Global Operations Director Adrian Adair. “We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer that provides an inclusive environment to candidates and employees alike. We recognise that diversity of thought promotes innovation by bringing multiple perspectives to discussions and decisions and we are looking forward to seeing the positive impacts made by those on this year’s lists.”

New additions to the Power List, including former barrister, food writer and restaurateur Nisha Katona MBE, from the Wirral are similarly excited to be part of the evolving story that is Northern Power Women. Nisha said: “I’m delighted to be part of the Power List – I love how Northern Power Women celebrates great role models from all sectors and backgrounds and happy to be flying the flag for the vibrant hospitality and service industry. These are industries in which women need to make much more progress and I’m proud to be a part of this magnificent sector.”

 

Another of our Power List Caroline Theobald CBE, Founder, FIRST which connects people for mutual advantage: (Entrepreneurs to money, management and new markets; companies to stakeholders and communities; young people to employment and enterprise and internationals to new opportunities). Caroline, from Newcastle upon Tyne, said “It gives recognition to what I’ve spent my working life trying to promote! Northern Power Women are active, resourceful and inclusive – three words that I hope describe me too!”

 

The unfolding talent in the Future List will get their chance to take part in a platform that seeks to encourage the ‘up-and-coming’ in the North. The Northern Powerhouse Partnership has even provided one of these young talents: “We are delighted that our apprentice at the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Emma Green, has been added to the Northern Power Women Future list,” said director Henri Murison. “Emma is our first apprentice and this accolade reinforces how apprentices are valued in the workplace and are extremely important to the future of the Northern Powerhouse.”

 

Jodie Williams, Accessibility and Inclusion Manager for National Express and Director for the Yorkshire Diversity Festival has also been added to the Future List. Jodie grew up in a patriarchal society, in a poor, white neighbourhood, experiencing regular racism which gave her an understanding for greater equality. Jodie said, “As a society our differences make us stronger, they should be recognised, supported and celebrated – I’m delighted to be included in the Future List because it’s important to empower women, to shine lights on role models, create positive representations to pave the way for the next generation and show them that every and anything is possible, there is no limit, representation, empowerment matters. It’s brilliant to be a part of something which is creating long term sustainable change in equality.”

 

The judges, too, welcome the chance to play their part: “It’s inspiring to see the remarkable work these nominees are doing across our North,” said Libby Annat, sustainability director of Primark.

Fellow judge Marian Sudbury, Director of the UK Regions at the Department for International Trade, declared herself in “awe” of the nominees: “I absolutely loved being part of this process. The passion and dedication came across in every single nomination which made our work as judges extremely difficult. I was in complete awe of some of the remarkable work these nominees are doing across our regions and I’m pleased that these individuals are getting the recognition they thoroughly deserve.”

And BBC North GM Adrian Mills expressed, “I really enjoyed being part of the judging process because I spent the day finding out about the amazing women making a difference across the North of England.”

The inaugural awards started in March 2016, welcomed 440 influencers, 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. 2019 is already proving that there is a need to highlight the great people working towards a gender diverse workplace, currently on track for beating attendee records.

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the hard work of the women and men across the North playing a part in Northern Power Women; Manchester Airports Group, Morson Group, Santander, YBS, NatWest, Liverpool FC, HSBC, MSP Global and EY.

Simone Roche MBE, founder of Northern Power Women said: “I am extremely proud of these role models. They are amazing people doing fantastic work and they deserve every bit of recognition. Without the women on our Future and Power List it would be impossible for us to do what we do across the North. Each person named has played a part in driving forward the NPW agenda and have helped push out the boundaries”

The new entrants will be celebrated at the Northern Power Women Awards with over 650 guests at Manchester Central Convention Complex on Monday 18 March, tickets available here. The fourth awards will also recognise the winners across 10 categories shortlisted from 900 nominations.

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