Now in its seventh consecutive year, the Northern Power Women Awards take place on Monday 20th March at Manchester Central Convention Complex.
Whittled down from a record breaking 1,500 nominations to just 89 by a rigorous judging process, we are proud to announce the Northern Power Women Awards shortlist!

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Disruptor for Good

Heather Jackson

Co Founder at GenM

Christina Taylor

Founder at Aim Sky High Talent

MS Elizabeth Cameron

Equality Diversity and Inclusion Lead at One Manchester

Anna Maxwell

CEO at Maxwellia

Syima Aslam MBE

CEO & Artistic Director at Bradford Literature Festival

Professor Vijay Kunadian

Interventional Cardiology at Newcastle University

Agent of Change

Dr Penny Trayner

Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist & Clinical Director at Clinical Neuropsychology Services Ltd

Rebecca Warren

Group Business Development Chief of Staff at MBDA

Alexandra Knight

Founder & CEO at Stemazing

Charlie Charlton

Interviewer/Presenter at Freelance

Lee Chambers

Director at Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing

Dr Elsa Zekeng Ph.D

Senior Consultant at Guidehouse Consulting

Dr Giulia Sirigu

Scaleup Director and Senior Innovation and Growth Specialist at Innovate UK EDGE

Jane Kenyon MBA

Founder/CEO at Girls Out Loud CIC

Usha Sharma

Senior Associate at Brabners LLP

Chloe Carter

Manager | North West Tech Consortium Lead at PwC

One to Watch

Natalie Denny

Director at Skywriters Ltd

Zoë Hingston

Head of Inclusion at Newcastle United Football Club

Asia Sharif

Software Engineer at NatWest and Founder at ChainVerse

Lucky Ali

Co-founder and Start-up and Entrepreneurship Executive at Lucky's Café+ and University of Liverpool

Claire Buckle

Director at Ability Consultancy (NW) Ltd

Lauren Rosegreen

Policy and Influence Manager at Macc

Nimrah Munir

Principal Biomaterial Scientist at QV Bioelectronics

Inclusive Innovation

Ey - Neuro-diverse Centre Of Excellence

Fund Her North

Yzen Ai


Onside Youth Zones

Ability Consultancy (NW) Ltd

Multi Cultural Network (uu)



Gb Shared

Person with Purpose

Josie Saville

Co-CEO at Lets for Life

Professor Diana Anderson

Prof. of Biomedical Sciences at University of Bradford

Sophie Milliken MBE

CEO at Moja and Chair at Smart Works Newcastle

Afrah Qassim

CEO and Founder at Savera UK

Donna Scully

Director/Joint Owner at Carpenters Group

Hyejoung Yang

Director at Good Neighbours UK

Maura Jackson

CEO at Backup North West

Shabana Khushi

Housing Officer at Halo Project

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Celia Gaze

CEO and Founder at The Wellbeing Farm

Dr Natalie Kenny

CEO at BioGrad

Christy Foster

CEO at Online4Baby

Helen Hardy

CEO and Founder at FOUDYS

Jodie Hill

Managing Partner at Thrive Law

Rosemarie Whittington

Director at Me2ucentre

Zandra Moore

CEO at Panintelligence

Rebecca Hartley

Founder Director at Saving Grace Events

Claire O'connor

CEO at Babyballet Limited

Mentor of the Year

Sophia Ali

Project Manager- WatchTower at North West Aerospace Alliance

Tarifa Simpson

Partner, Due Diligence, Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences at Mazars

Dawn Watson

Head of Strategy & Technical, Site Management at Sellafield Ltd

Elaine Wrigley

Head of People Experience and Inclusion and Joint Managing Director at New Look and Atlas Bar

Francesca Barker-mills

Digital Skills Tutor at Coming Home Project

Lyndsay Geraghty

Early Careers Lead at BBC

Supriya Nagarajan

Artistic Director at Manasamitra

Helen Tonks

Managing Director at Hydraulics Online Ltd & InspiresMe Consulting Ltd

Levelling Up Leader

Professor Carol Atkinson

Prof. of Human Resource Management at MMU

Nicky Chance-thompson

CEO at The Piece Hall

Clare Hayward

Isobelle Panton

Director of Student Recruitment & International at University Academy '92

Ammar Mirza

Executive Chair at SME Centre of Excellence

Beena Puri

Innovation and Partnerships Lead at Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Nickala Torkington

Founding Director at Flourish Together CIC

Marie Hamilton

Greater Manchester Region Lead at Microsoft

Rebecca King

Board Director at Curtins

Small Organisation (1-249 employees)

Fertility Matters At Work

Freedom 4 Girls

Agent Academy

Wander Films

Mansfield Pollard

Reform Radio

Safer Date

Medium Organisation (250-999 employees)

Safety Culture

Nts (nuclear Transport Solutions)

2m Group Of Companies

Large Organisation (1000+ employees)


The Co-operative Bank

Siemens Plc



Integrated Business Planning Lead at


Northern Trains

Harry Vanson


Dhl Supply Chain


Learning Curve Group Group