ForViva Group Chief Executive Colette McKune has been recognised today for her work around gender equality entering the 2020 Power List.

The Northern Power Women awards is the country’s largest awards that champions gender equality. The list recognises change makers and trail blazers who are making a difference supporting and accelerating gender equality across the North.

Colette is passionate about the issue of balance and equality ensuring people have equal opportunity and encourages others to talk openly about the issue to drive change forward.

Northern Power Women today have released the names of 102 women who have contributed to making a difference in their communities and organisations as well as raising awareness of gender equality across the North of England.

The Power List celebrates women who challenge the norm and use their influence and power for good. The Future List recognises the leaders and change makers of the future who are already making a difference in their environments and communities.

Now entering their fifth year, the Northern Power Women Awards supported by headline sponsor EY celebrate the women and men who work towards creating gender balance in organisations and who passionately support equality across the North.

“We are delighted to be headline sponsors of the 2020 Northern Power Women Awards. The awards fly the flag for women across the region and it has been a pleasure connecting with so many amazing women over the last three years.” Victoria Price Partner, EY

The awards, which are now the largest in the country, showcase and spotlight the winners not only during the awards event, but also continuously throughout the year, to ensure ongoing visibility for these role models and to use their presence to inspire.

52 amazing individuals have been added to the Future List and a further 50 to the Power List sponsored by Manchester Airports Group.

Northern Power Women is the only pan-northern campaign accelerating gender equality and involves a range of activities including connecting, influencing, thought leadership, and an annual awards ceremony.

Simone Roche MBE, founder and CEO of Northern Power Women, who was interviewed on BBC World News yesterday, said that this year’s awards have seen an impressive 75% increase in the number of nominees for both the Power List and Future List.

“Once again this year I have been absolutely amazed at the outstanding number and quality of nominations we’ve received and it has been hugely impressive to see the range of organisations represented – from defence, media, rail and tech to influential academics and entrepreneurs,” said Simone.

“I’ve always known there were incredible role models in and from the North, but after receiving almost 1500 nominations, I have to say that even I was astounded. Our incredible category panels made up of 65 judges had a difficult – but inspiring – time identifying the shortlisted nominees.”

“All levels of influence and sectors are recognised,” Emily Cox MBE, Northern Power Women judge and Power List ambassador said “It is fantastic to see so much representation from across the North within the Future and Power Lists”.

The winners of the Northern Power Women Awards will be announced on 16 March at a gala awards night and dinner at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Individual tickets and corporate tables are now available, and the event will once again offer 'Pay it Forward' and discounted tickets through a ballot for individuals who may otherwise not be able to attend (to date this has supported over 200 individuals to attend).

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