Meet the Women Winning in Manchester Tonight

After a night full of glitz, glamour and celebration here in Manchester, we are delighted to announce all of our fabulous winners at this years #NPWAwards.

The Manchester Central Convention Complex has seen a fantastic evening of fine food, entertainment, and a room full to the rafters of northern talent. The annual Northern Power Women Awards are celebrating the men and women who strive towards a better Northern future for everyone.

We are 800 strong tonight and I’m so pleased to be here at Manchester Central, for what is the largest event celebrating gender equality in the UK — Simone Roche MBE, founder of Northern Power Women.

With 908 nominations, 78 people shortlisted and 53 judges, winning these awards is no mean feat. So, without further ado, we are delighted to announce this year’s winners of the #NPWAwards!

Agent of Change
Awarded to the individual who has strived to shift the status quo and transform or achieve lasting improvements in gender equality. Sponsored by the Co-operative bank, our winner is:

Joeli Brearley, Founder of Pregnant Then Screwed!

One to Watch
Demonstrating significant talent and promise in a new role, community or organisation. Sponsored by the University of Manchester, our winner is:

— Jayne Hynes, Founder and Managing Director of Kiddyum!

Person with Purpose
Achieving impact in supporting a charity, community or social change. Sponsored by Liverpool FC, our winner is:

— Kirsten Mitchell, Founder and Chair of Spoons Charity!

The individual, group or organisation that share the goal of accelerating gender equality by pursuing game-changing ideas. Sponsored by Morson, our winner is:

Women in Nuclear!

Outstanding Entrepreneur 
An individual who has successfully launched an innovative organisation with significant market progress. Sponsored by NatWest, our winner is:

Kimberley Waldron, Co-Founder of SkyParlour PR & Content

Mentor of the Year
The individual, who outside of any direct line responsibilities, has positively influenced women to succeed. Sponsored by Excelerate Labs, our winner is:

Gill Hodgson, President of Flowers From the Farm Ltd

Transformational Leader
The leader who has championed gender diversity as a key attribute for organisational success. Sponsored by EY, our winner is:

Adrienne Kelbie, Chief Executive of Office for Nuclear Regulation

Small Organisation
The organisation which works to positively build the skills of women as a part of its growth strategy. Sponsored by Santander, our winner is:

Construction Q!

Medium Organisation
The organisation which has made a significant contribution to the recruitment, development and retention of their female talent. Sponsored by HSBC, our winner is:


Large Organisation
The organisation which has made a significant contribution to the recruitment, development and retention of their female talent. Our winner is:

Wigan Council!

As Patron for the awards, I am truly humbled and honoured to be among such amazing individuals — Baroness Helen Newlove.

A HUGE congratulations to all of our amazing winners! We would also like to congratulate all those who were nominated; you are doing brilliant things for supporting, promoting and accelerating gender diversity here in the North. Make sure to check out #NPWAwards on Twitter to join in with the action here in Manchester.

Written by ACG for #NPWAwards 2019.

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