Mersey ‘trailblazers’ on Northern Power Women shortlist

Entrepreneurs and women-led businesses from across the Liverpool city region are on the shortlist for the Northern Power Women Awards 2022. Tony McDonough reports

Dr Natalie Kenny
Dr Natalie Kenny, chief executive of BioGrad Diagnostics


A number of Liverpool city region female entrepreneurs and female-led businesses are on the shortlist for this year’s Northern Power Women Awards 2022.

Sponsored by EY, the NPWAwards seek to recognise the efforts of women in business across the north of England – the “disruptors, change-makers and trailblazers”. Since their inception in 2016 6,040 individuals and organisations have been nominated.

With a near two-year gap between the last round of nominations, this year’s awards has seen 1,400 role models nominated. The 72-strong judging panel has whittled down those nominations to a shortlist of 83 individuals and organisations.

The winners of the Northern Power Women Awards will be announced on Monday, March 21, at a gala awards night and dinner at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. The Power List and Future List will be announced on February 8 at 11am.

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Leading lights from across Liverpool city region have been spotlighted in the 2022 shortlist including leading technology company CNC Robotics in the Innovation category and Dr Natalie Kenny, chief executive of BioGrad trailblazing on stem cell treatment. Monica Mwanje, founder of MM Creative Solutions is a nominee from the nuclear industry.

Ann-Marie Atkins, managing partner at financial advisor Tilney Smith and Williamson is shortlisted for the Transformational Leader category after being included on Power List in 2020. Debbie Rogers is a finalist in One to Watch for setting up Sean’s Place in memory of her brother supporting suicide prevention.

Jennifer Greenan is shortlisted for Person with Purpose for her work in the energy sector while Ali McGrath of The Women’s Organisation is shortlisted for being ‘an absolute shero and stalwart supporting the Entrepreneur Business clinic at Liverpool Central Library’.

Simone Roche, founder and chief executive of awards organiser, Northern Power Women, said: “I have once again been wowed by the high calibre of nominations we received and again we are adding to the hall of role models to inspire both current and future generations to use their power for good and advance gender equality together.”

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