Northern Power Women celebrates 2017 awards

Northern Power Women celebrates 2017 awards

Northern Power Women, the campaign to promote gender equality, has announced the winners of its 2017 annual awards at an event in Manchester.

The awards are designed to showcase role models and celebrate the many different ways women contribute to a thriving Northern Powerhouse.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the awards recognised leading women, men and businesses from the North that are working towards promoting gender equality.

Simone Roche, founder of Northern Power Women, said: “With more than 500 nominations across nine categories, our judges had a difficult time selecting our winners, as there were so many inspirational women and men nominated.

“It is humbling and inspiring to see the amazing work people and companies do every day to create change within our workplaces.

“Seeing this fantastic work, it makes me proud to call myself ‘Northern’.”

The Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy MP, said he was proud of the work taking place in the Northern Powerhouse and commended all the award winners: “Our efforts to build the Northern Powerhouse are delivering real results for local people. More than one million businesses are involved and we’ve boosted foreign direct investment into the region.

“The Northern Power Women Award winners deserve the highest praise. I’m proud to partner with the campaign in their efforts to drive gender equality across the North of England.”

The Power List, which recognises the leaders and change makers who are making a positive difference and impact, was also announced at the event. It was complemented by the Future list, which recognises the influencers, leaders and change makers of the future who are already making a difference in their environments and communities. After creating a Top 50 last year this year the lists have been expanded by 49 Power and 50 Future list members highlighting The North has talent.

The individual and business winners of each of the categories were:

  • Cheryl Latham, founder and CEO Brighter World Energy, Outstanding Entrepreneur 

  • Kriti Sharma, VP Bots and Artificial Intelligence, Sage – One to Watch 

  • Denise Chilton, owner of Denise Chilton Ltd – Mentor of the Year 

  • Ema Wilkes, founder, Neo Community Café and Catering Ltd., Person with Purpose 

  • Jane Farrell, FM development manager, Sodexo, UK & Ireland, Transformational Leader 

  • Wing Commander Emma Keith, BA RAF, Royal Air Force, Agent of Change 


There were also three businesses recognised for the work they do to build women’s skills as a key component of their growth strategy and those that have made a significant contribution to the recruitment, development and retention of their female talent.

  • Airco, Small Business 

  • Mediacom North (MCN), Medium Business 

  • Sage UK Ltd, Large Business 


This is the second year the Northern Power Women awards have been held and they follow a year of significant achievement for the campaign, including being invited to join the Cabinet Office Northern Powerhouse partners programme as a founding partner and working in partnership with IPPR North, one of the most influential Political ThinkTanks, on The State of the North event.