Northern Power Women Podcast

Northern Power Women Podcast

The Northern Power Women podcast is for your career and your life, no matter what business you're in. A weekly leadership and careers podcast with listeners in over 60 countries worldwide. Each week Northern Power Women Podcast will bring you a new interview from a leader within the 95,000-strong Northern Power Women community. You'll hear personal life stories, top-notch industry advice, and key leadership insight from amazing female role models.Podcast produced by What Goes On Media and hosted by Simone Roche MBE. Find out more at:


December 4, 2023 23 mins

What happens when you combine a passion for music and a commitment to creating opportunities for underrepresented individuals? You get the incredible journey of Nicky Chance Thompson MBE DL, CEO of the Piece Hall Trust and our commended Levelling up Leader at the 2023 NPW Awards. Join us for an inspirational conversation with Nicky, as she takes us through her journey from London to Yorkshire, and how she transformed the Piece Hall...

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Join us for an enlightening journey with our wonderful guest, Dr Natalie Kenny, the CEO of Biograd and the recent recipient of the Outstanding Entrepreneur and Inclusive Innovation awards at the Northern Power Women Awards. This episode reveals the riveting narrative of a girl with a dream of becoming a scientist, who found herself as the leader of a blossoming business.

Natalie lays bare the unexpected pathways life has ...

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Ever wondered how someone can transition from a team member to a leader? Well, strap in as we sit down with Isobelle Panton, our Northern Power Women Judges Special for Levelling Up Leader, and Director of Student Recruitment and International at University Academy 92.

Isobelle shares her remarkable journey, not just with her career but also her personal evolution. She speaks passionately about the significance of making a...

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Prepare to be inspired as we sit down with Claire Buckle, an extraordinary woman who’s turned her struggles against discrimination into a positive force. A former GB Para-athlete and now an award-winning business owner, Claire shares the gripping tale of her journey, marked by her triumphant resolve against cerebral palsy and the harsh realities of bullying. She sheds light on her childhood, her love for sports and how she navigate...

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Are you ready to unlock the secrets behind successful female entrepreneurship? In this week's episode, we explore the inspiring world of Zandra Moore, an award-winning entrepreneur.  Zandra reveals the highs and lows of her entrepreneurial journey, the strength she draws from her supportive networks, and how she champions diversity in the tech industry. She lays bare the unique difficulties faced by women entrepreneurs, sharin...

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Strap yourself in for an incredible journey as we sit down with Sam White, founder of Stella Insurance, a trailblazing financial services venture that champions women. This episode is sure to leave you inspired as Sam takes us through her journey, filled with bumps, twists, and turns, yet undeniably worth the ride, reminding us that the success story is not without its share of setbacks.

Hear firsthand from Sam as she reco...

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Join us for a conversation with Nickala Torkington, the inspiring force behind Flourish Together CIC, and a celebrated champion of women empowerment. Nickala, who recently won two awards, wields her passion for social change to uplift women, even under the shadow of a pandemic. She warmly shares her excitement at receiving the Leveling Up Award and her dedication to spreading positivity in her community. With the ten-year celebrati...

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Join us for a heart-to-heart with Lyndsay Geraghty, who recently won our 2023 Mentor of the Year Award, and is the Senior Early Careers Manager at the BBC. Lyndsay shares her inspiring journey, from uncovering her passion for mentorship, to spearheading an Early Careers programme and sculpting young talent in the North. 

Lyndsay discusses the wealth of young people with untapped talent in the UK and how we can create oppo...

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Are you ready to stretch your perspective on careers, entrepreneurship, and leadership? This week we're thrilled to bring you a conversation with Lee Chambers, founder of Essentialise and GB Entrepreneur of the Year 2021. Lee's diverse career journey is a lesson in adaptability.

Listen to Lee elaborate on his path, sharing the courage it takes to experiment and make bold transitions. Lee's journey is not onl...

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Ever wondered what your role in gender equality might be? Listen to this week's podcast with Andy Coyne, IT Director at Barclays, to find out. Together, we're rewriting the narrative on gender equality, placing the spotlight on the critical role male allies play. 

Andy shares his insights on the need to champion diversity and how every individual can contribute. Embarking on this exciting journey towards true gen...

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Prepare to have your perceptions of menopause challenged as we sit down with Heather Jackson, co-founder of Gen M and proud Disruptor for Good at the Northern Power Women Awards. We dive into the amazing work she's doing with Gen M, a platform empowering women to take charge of their menopause journey instead of feeling overlooked and underserved.  

Tune in to listen to Heather's powerful insights on how she’s fl...

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Ever wanted to step outside your comfort zone and make a difference in society? You do not want to miss this episode. Join Simone Roche MBE as she chats with Lauren Rosegreen, a policy and influence manager at MAC, trustee of Greater Manchester Merge Charity, and a young professional juggling numerous roles, who believes in the power of an equal society.

Lauren's unconventional career path is a testament to her burnin...

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Ever wondered what makes a leader truly inspiring? Tune into our enlightening conversation with Rosina Murdoch, a distinguished director at Deloitte, and recent recipient of the Large Organisation of the Year Award at the 2023 Northern Power Women Awards. We delve into the essence of effective leadership, focusing on the principle of the 'People Factor'. 

Rosina passionately talks about the importance of human co...

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Who doesn't want to learn the inside secrets of building a high-performing team and navigating the challenges of diversity in the tech world? Buckle up, because Zoe Gill, Vice President for CGI UK Safeguarding and Identity subsector, is here to tell all. The secret to success is often found on the path less travelled - and Zoe is here to guide you.

With over two decades of experience spearheading initiatives in the te...

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Ready to redefine your traditional office culture? This episode promises a fresh take on the hybrid work model with our esteemed guest, Amy Williams, Chief Information Officer for Business Banking at Barclays UK. We explore how to create a world-class work environment and find the sweet spot between office and virtual working, all while attracting top talent. 

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🎙 How to foster a diverse, equitable, ...

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Have you ever wondered about the power of diversity and inclusion to create change? This episode has all the answers!

 Our phenomenal guest is none other than Rebecca Loy, the Diversity and Inclusion Partner at National Museums Liverpool. Rebecca's journey is brimming with resilience, from growing up in an encouraging environment to losing her sister to sickle cell disease, an experience that fuels her mission to make...

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Martina opens up about the immense value of harnessing resilience as a shield against stress, anxiety, and depression, a lesson painstakingly learned in navigating her own life's volatility.

As a renowned cognitive behavior therapist, speaker, author, trainer, and health and wellbeing consultant, Martina's insights have been instrumental in promoting mental health and resilience. We navigate the tumultuous journe...

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Maddie Birtwistle’s story is a powerful reminder to us all that taking risks and having confidence in our abilities can lead to unexpected places. Maddie, who is the Internal Communications Manager at the boohoo group,  explores her extraordinary career journey. From beginning in customer service to now being part of the legal department. She boldly breaks down the stigma around not having a university degree, proving that practica...

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Ever wondered how having a mentor can change your career trajectory? Sophia's experience answers that, highlighting the incredible value of mentorship.

The dynamic Sophia Iqbal joins us, sharing her fascinating journey through the tech industry, with all its victories and challenges. She's a beacon of resilience, having faced and surmounted many barriers common to early professionals, especially ethnically divers...

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Meet Gemma Sparks, the digital marketing executive who overcame obstacles and adversity to end up inspiring others in the realms of aviation. Drawn to the industry for its diversity and representation, Gemma's journey is one of resilience, hard work, and the impactful role of strong role models.

Join us as Gemma transports us through her experience with the Fantasy Wings program, a pioneering initiative designed to in...

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