Yorkshire, North East & Scotland Regional Winners

Digital Business


Emma Black,

Dr Emma Black joined Cascade Cash Management at its inception in March 2012. Her role lies in managing the firm's strategic sales & technology relationships while also working closely with the client support team for the day-to-day running of the business.

NFP & Social Enterprise

Helen Mills,
Age UK Northumberland

Helen Mills has over 27 years’ experience of working in the Health and Social Care Sector, and was recently appointed CEO at Age UK Northumberland. She has held 3 other CEO roles in mental health services, palliative and end of life care services.

STEM Rising Star 


Tara McCully,

Tara joined Carillion Plc in 2014 as a graduate Civil Engineer progressing to site engineer. She's worked in various locations on a variety of construction projects with professional employees, contractors and apprentices. She also write articles supporting females within the industry and mentor young people thinking about careers in engineering/construction.

STEM Leader

Natasha Sayce-Zelem,

Natasha is the Head of Technology for Digital Trading at Sky, working out of Sky’s new Leeds Dock campus. She is an award-winning digital geek and passionate about improving diversity in the creative/tech industries. Natasha is the curator of the Technology strand at the Leeds International Festival.

Inspiring Leader 

Leanne Silverwood,
Local Care Force

Leanne is the Managing Director of Local Care Force and founded the business 13 years ago. Leanne originally worked in mental health care and could see that she could improve the industry by creating a caring agency that providing quality, trained and well-supported Nurses, Carers and Support Workers.

Rising Star 

Nikki Dixon,

Nikki career started at a marketing agency working with clients such as Asda. 13 years ago she joined the Local Marketing team at Asda and then moved to the Own Brand team, where her current role is Senior Manager, Own Brand Strategy.

Corporate Leader 

Deborah Steane,
Johnson & Johnson

Deborah Steane is currently Director of Customer Supply Chain Innovation, within Medical Devices at Johnson & Johnson. She's focused on creating value for Healthcare customers to improve efficiency, reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. Prior to J&J Deborah spent 10 years in the NHS.


Zillah Doyle,
Mechanical Engineering Ventures

Zillah is an Expert Senior Executive and has a proven record of delivering strategic growth in global organisations and is CEO of Mechanical Engineering Ventures. Zillah is able to manage multicultural, multidisciplinary teams to achieve competitive targets, aimed to consistently meet and exceed customer expectations.

Young Entrepreneur

Rachel Hanretty,
Mademoiselle Macaron 

Rachel wrote a novel, overcame epilepsy and graduate 'under-employment', and took a bet to start making and selling macarons from scratch all on her own; Mademoiselle Macaron creates French macarons in the belief that every Mademoiselle deserves a moment of luxury.


Katie Mallinson,
Scriba PR

Katie is a self-confessed 'word-nerd' and technical PR specialist, who founded Scriba PR in 2013. Since then, her niche public relations agency, which now boasts five employees, has focused on providing comms support to technical B2B companies, who often think their story is too complex to tell.

SME Emerging 

Andrea Eli,
Venture Office Supplies 

A strong business leader with over 25 years experience in a very male dominated industry, Andrea Eli is director at Ventura Office Supplies Ltd - an office products reseller for the Commercial and Education markets. Andrea has a strong work ethic and a will to succeed and hopes to champion successful women in business in 2017.

SME Growth 

Jules Quinn,

Jules Quinn is MD of Popaball Ltd, a drinks company, manufacturing or packing their own products, which are then sold online and to businesses. She's expecting significant growth this year and planning to increase their current work force of 24, to 60 by the end of this year.

Yorkshire, North East & Scotland Highly Commended 

NFP & Social Enterprise 

Lara Bundock,
Snowdrop Project 

Lara worked in a government safe-house for victims of trafficking and in 2012 she started the first organisation to address this, the Snowdrop Project. This was run by Lara full time and without pay until receiving Lottery Funding in 2016. The company now has 9 staff and continues to provide long-term support to survivors of human trafficking.

NFP & Social Enterprise 

Michelle Cohen,
Art on Scotland

Michelle is a Canadian artist living in Glasgow and is currently director of Art on Scotland, a social enterprise that creates platforms for artisans to sell their work on the High Street. She runs an outdoor city centre art market, charity exhibitions, and group shows. 1000 artists have showcased in 4 years.

STEM Leader 

Jeanette Forbes,
PCL Group

Jeanette Forbes is a qualified systems engineer who established the PCL Group after being made redundant during a downturn in the oil and gas industry.  Since then she has seen the company grow year on year to provide total IT solutions to five industry sectors.  She is passionate about promoting STEM.

Corporate Leader

Sarah Tulip,

Sarah is Chief Operating Director at aql - a market-leading supplier of integrated communications and data services to businesses in the UK and beyond. Sarah oversees operations, people and strategy across the organisation to support its growth. A key influencer in the Northern Powerhouse, being officially recognised as a ‘Northern Power Woman.'


Anne Wilson, 
Numill Tooling Solutions 

Anne is currently Managing Director of Numill Tooling Solutions, a precision engineering company based in Sheffield.  Numill remanufactures and manufactures cutting tools for industries such as automotive, rail, aerospace and energy. Anne joined Numill as bookkeeper in 2000 but liked it so much she bought the business in 2006.

Start Up

Razan Alsous,
Yorkshire Dama Cheese 

Razan started her business, Yorkshire Dama Cheese, in 2014 with a loan of £2500. The idea was to make Halloumi cheese, as UK is the second largest consumer for Halloumi in Europe. Their Halloumi won the world cheese award Gold prize 2015-16, British cheese award 2016 and Best Cheese in Yorkshire 2016.

SME Emerging 

Sophie Milliken,
Smart Resourcing Solutions 

Sophie has helped John Lewis climb from 74 to number 9 in the TimesTop100 Graduate Employer rankings, winning numerous awards. Since setting up Smart Resourcing Solutions, she's developed a team of associates with backgrounds in recruitment who help support clients such as M&S, AXA and Sunderland University.

SME Emerging

Louisa Harrison-Walker,
Benchmark Recruit

Sarah is Chief Operating Director at aql - a market-leading supplier of integrated communications and data services to businesses in the UK and beyond. Sarah oversees operations, people and strategy across the organisation to support its growth. A key influencer in the Northern Powerhouse, being officially recognised as a ‘Northern Power Woman.'

SME Growth

Rachel Hill, 
Hillside Childcare Ltd. 

Rachel Hill opened a 16 place nursery 10 years ago, taking on the roles of manager, childcare worker, cook and cleaner, with 3 children on roll.  Within 6 months Hillside Childcare were full with a waiting list and plans to expand.  Now with 5 sites, the rest as they say, is history.

SME Growth

Lisa Pogson,
Airmaster UK Ltd. 

Lisa is joint MD of Airmaster recognising her performance, loyalty and commitment for almost 25 years. Lisa was the part-time bookkeeper in 1992 when turnover was just £80k. This year, the business will reach £11 million! As resources director, Lisa has directly contributed to this growth.