Whittled down from 1,500 nominations to just 89, the shortlisted superstars include an 81-year-old cancer researcher, an ex-offender who provides support to women returning home from custodial sentences and a tech founder using AI to further equality in the workplace.

The Northern Power Women Awards, proudly sponsored by headline partner, EY, and hosted by Nina Hossain is happening at Manchester Central Convention Complex on Monday 20th March 2023. The Awards constitute the largest celebration of gender equality in Europe and celebrates the forward-thinking individuals and organisations who strive to create greater gender balance within their communities.

There are seven people or organisations shortlisted for this year’s awards, that hail from Yorkshire. They are represented in categories like Outstanding Entrepreneur, Person with Purpose, and Small Organisation for work around everything from bringing fun and inclusive ballet to everyone to ensuring vulnerable people across the globe can exercise their human rights, no matter where they live.

Alison Kay, Managing Partner for Client Service at EY, UK and Ireland, commented on the release of the 2022 shortlist: "With 1,500 nominations for this year’s awards, just to be shortlisted is an immense achievement. All nominations were carefully considered, and we saw first-hand, throughout the judging process just how high the calibre of nominations was. EY is very proud to support an event that recognises so many powerful role models from across the North."

This year, Northern Power Women wants to have an even bigger impact across its community and that starts with giving everyone on the shortlist a place on a 12-week mentoring programme. Representation can be seen from every walk of life, leaders, influencers, even those at the start of their career.

The Awards are just one component of a vast programme of activity aimed at creating collaboration and conversation for the greater good. There are 100 women named across the Future List and Power List - which recognises the leaders and change-makers of the future, who will be announced on Tuesday 7th February – in addition to the further 11 award categories, which include ‘agent of change’, ‘disruptor for good’ and ‘one to watch’, which have been announced today.

Simone Roche MBE, founder and CEO of Northern Power Women, also spoke of this year’s shortlist: “Among the 89 shortlisted nominees are fantastic trailblazers and advocates from the North, representing a range of industries and professions. Each of these individuals and organisations highlight just how varied the definition of success can be, as well as demonstrating that each of us has the power to make real change.”

The winners of the Northern Power Women Awards will be announced on Monday 20th of March 2023 at an awards night and dinner at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Individual tickets and corporate tables are now available for purchase, and 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 enabled over 280 individuals to attend).