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Disruptor for Good

Nazir Afzal OBE

Chancellor at Manchester University

Agent of Change

Laura Wood

Marketing Director at Invisible Creations

One to Watch

Debbie Rogers

Founder and CEO at Sean's Place

Innovation Award

Crystal Hicks

Chair at WISH

Person with Purpose

Alison Madgin

Director at Samanthas Legacy

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Liz Ashall-payne


Mentor of the Year

Ali Mcgrath

Business Engagement and Relationship Advisor at The Women’s Organisation

Transformational Leader

Steph Edusei

Chief Executive at St Oswald's Hospice

Small Organisation

Rugby Football League

Medium Organisation

Ans Group

Large Organisation

Grant Thornton


Agent of Change

Dianne Richardson

Chief Exec at Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster

One to Watch

Claudia Allison Bartholomew

Founder Claudia & Caitlin Build a school Nkawkaw Ghana at Akumoah Achampo SEND unit

Innovation Award

Maggie Chen

Founder at Multiple: 1) Girls in Charge Initiative 2)Oxford Intercultural Communication & Education Group 3) Shut Up & Dance

Person with Purpose

Collette Devlin-smith

Chief executive officer at EDGE North East

Transformational Leader

Sharon Davies

CEO at Young Enterprise

2022 power list


Alison Kay

Ann Cairns

Executive Vice Chair at Mastercard

Archana Kalyana

Barbara Bray MBE

PhD Researcher and Nutrition Consultant at Alo Solutions

Cherylee Houston MBE

Clair Preston-beer

Managing Director at Greene King

Corhyn Parr

Deborah Mclaughlin

Deborah Chapman

Director of Reward, Inclusion and Colleague experience at The Very Group

Elise Wilson

Leader of the Council at Stockport MBC & GM Combined Authority

Elspeth Kinder

Head of Family at JMW Solicitors LLP

Prof Erinma Bell MBE DL

CEO at CARISMA Services

Fakhara (fax) Jones

Technical Director at Surfachem Ltd

Faye Dyer

Managing Director at The ACC Liverpool Group

Gloria Hyatt MBE

Managing Director at Teach Consultancy

Helen Tonks

Managing Director at Hydraulics Online Ltd & InspiresMe Consulting Ltd

Hilary Heap

Partner at EY LLP

Jenny Taylor-smith

Head of Town Planning at Asda

Joanne Anderson

Julie Wood

Director and Major Projects Leader at Arup

Julie Gilhespie


Karen Smart

Managing Director at Manchester Airport

Karen Moorhouse

Chief Regulatory Officer at Rugby Football League

Katherine Fairclough

Katy Leeson

Managing Director at Social Chain

Kellie Rixon MBE FIH

Founder and Chairman of the board at Rixon Associates, The Institute of Hospitality

Kerry Peters

Regional Director North East at Northern Trains Ltd

Leila Mckenzie

CEO/Founder at DIAL Global

Lesley O’brien OBE FCILT

Director at Freightlink Europe / Freight Train / Freight People

Leyla Tindall

Managing Director at Robert Half International

Linda Plant

Trainer and Consultant at Menopause Experts Group

Lindsay Garvey-jones

National Retail Manager at Holiday Extras

Linzi Boyd

Founder at One Earth

Maggie Oliver

Chair and Founder at The Maggie Oliver Foundation

Melissa Johns

Michaela Wain

Director at Design and Build UK

Michelle Barry

Ranjana Bell MBE

Chair of the Board at The Road to Recovery Trust

Rashmi Dube

Partner at Gunnercooke LLP

Rav Shawe

Senior Legal Counsel at Siemens plc

Sarah Taylor Jones

Professor Sharon Mavin

Professor Leadership and Organization Studies at Newcastle University

Sharon Kemp

Chief Executive at Rotherham Borough Council

Sharon Lane

Managing Director at Tees Components

Sheona Southern

Managing Director at Marketing Manchester

Diana Anderson

Tracey Brabin

Victoria Russell

Zoe Burns-shore

2022 future list


Afiya Amesu

Amina Atiq

Creative at Freelance

Amy Guest

Area Manager at Coop

Angeli Sweeney

Mental Health Practitioner/Youth Practitioner at 42nd Street

Anya Forster

Senior Information Security Specialist at Virgin Money

Astghik Stepanyan

UKI Early Career Employee Experience Lead at DXC Technology

Charmaine Connors

Education & Skills Manager at SharpFutures CIC

Chloë Clover

Co CEO at Wander Films

Dr Sarah Mohammad-qureshi

E, D and Inclusion Partner at The University of Law

Eliza-may Austin

CEO & Co-Founder at

Ellen Agrebi

Transformation and engagement lead at Department for Education

Esta Suma

Holistic Health Practitioner at Female Magik

Florence Hanlon

Senior Strategic Advisory Manager at Mace Group

Georgia Fitzgerald

Associate Director at The Juice Academy

Grace Vella

Hayley Bell

Founder at Women Riders World Relay C.I.C

Holly Ellis

Isobelle Panton

Director of Student Recruitment & International at University Academy '92

Jenny Broderick

Senior Associate at Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Jo Douglas-harris

Inks Product and Applications Manager at Venator

Jodie Cunningham

National Women and Girls Development Manager at Rugby Football League

Kahmila Brown

User Researcher at Deloitte

Kayleigh Broughton

Kiera Byland BEM

Athlete consultant at Special Olympics

Laura Pitharas

Founder & Creative Director at Laura Pitharas Limited

Leanne Katsande

Lisa Maynard-atem

Director of Marketing & Inclusion at Acacia Training

Ne International Film Festival

Lorna Rodgers

Assistant Director Mayoral Programmes at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Lynda Moyo

Head of What's On & Emerging Content at Reach Plc

Lynsey Edwards

Community Programmes Manager at Premier League Charitable Fund

Melanie Cattell

AVP - Technology Feature Lead at Bank of America

Meshi Taka

Michelle-katie Shepherd

Civil (Highway) Engineer at Mott MacDonald

Michelle Jones

Founder/Owner/Director at Kind Currency & Michelle Jones Weddings

Molly Davies

Graduate (Future Leader) at United Utilities

Monique Kufuor

Omolade Femi-ajao

Lecturer at The University of Manchester

Dr Penny Trayner

Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist & Clinical Director at Clinical Neuropsychology Services Ltd

Rebecca Anderson

Reena Chawla

Framework Lead/Partner Manager & Co-Chair Cultural Diversity Network at Fujitsu

Rhianne Jones

Ruth Haukozi

Audit Manager at Mazars

Sarah Black-smith

Head of Factory Operations at Siemens

Sarnjit Kaur

HR Director Europe at Cox Automotive Europe

Serena Johnson

Director of Programmes at Conscious Youth

Shenaz Makkan

Head of Proposal Management at Fujitsu

Stella St David Smith

Head of Communications at Northern Trains Ltd

Stevi Rhodes

Employee Relations Leader at IKEA