Northern Leadership Awards and Conference 2022


25th May 2022


The Queens Hotel, Leeds


Northern Leadership Conference: 1:30pm - 5pm


Northern Leadership Awards: 6:30pm - 12am



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Single Awards Ticket | £110+VAT
Table of 10 Awards Ticket | £1000+VAT
Single Conference Ticket | £30+VAT
(FREE if attending award dinner)



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The Northern Leadership Awards are back in 2022, and this time supported by the Northern Leadership Conference.

Both events will take place in person in Leeds on May 25, highlighting the North’s very best leaders and providing inspiration on how leaders are tackling the challenges businesses are facing. Tickets are available here. created the Northern Leadership Awards to celebrate the people that are role models within their organisations and raise the bar for their competitors. The winners will show the qualities of extraordinary leadership and be able to demonstrate the positive impact this has had. The awards offer a great opportunity to recognise and showcase the achievements and success of businesses in the region.

The Northern Leadership Conference will take place on the afternoon of May 25 and can be attended separately. The event will be opened by Sir Roger Marsh OBE DL, chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and the NP11, who will share his experience of leading both public and private sector organisations during times of change.

Sir Roger Marsh OBE DL

The second speaker confirmed for the conference is Simon Theakston, joint managing director of Yorkshire brewery, T&R Theakston. He is also the great-grandson of Robert Theakston, the brewery’s original founder, who established Theakston almost 200 years ago. Based in Masham, North Yorkshire, but operating both nationally and internationally, Theakston is one of the oldest and largest family-controlled breweries in the UK.

Simon Theakston

Attendees will also hear from previous winners of the awards, who will share their perspectives and tips for leading:


The interactive half-day event will also include thought provocations, structured discussions for everyone to participate in a Leadership Surgery and networking.

The panel for the Leadership Surgery features:


Northern Leadership Awards 2022 Shortlist


Young Leader

Bhavika Patel, Yourgene Health

Duane Cormell, Realm Recruit

Esta Suma, Female Magik

Mike Lomas, Big Red

Tom Maxwell, Twisted North America


Public and Third Sector Leader

Maggie O’Carroll, The Women’s Organisation

Normandie Wragg, Nugent

Tom Elliott, Medilink North of England



Ali McGrath, The Women’s Organisation

Asma Iqbal, Chadwick Lawrence

Barry Leahey MBE, Playdale Playgrounds

Jonathan Sands OBE, Connect Yorkshire

Richard Doyle, Pabasso – Peer Advisory Board Associates


Emerging Entrepreneur Leader

Harpreet Banwait, Banwait Group Holdings

Jake Pear, Pear Hospitality and Retail Group

Jonathan Thompson, Bank North

Marcus Mollinga, YourZooki

Nicola Merritt, Cortus Advisory Group


Diversity and Inclusion Leader

Annette Joseph MBE, Diverse and Equal

Asma Iqbal, Chadwick Lawrence

Jill Williams, Mercia Asset Management

Jodie Hill, Thrive Law


Professional Services Leader

Chris Bishop, Slater Heelis

Fiona Parry, Hill Dickinson

Nik White, Brabners

Paula Myers, Irwin Mitchell

Stephen Church, EY


Transformational Leader

Bobby Thandi, XR Games

David Bond, Sheffield Forgemasters

Joanna Swash, Moneypenny

Peadar O’Reilly, Praetura Group

Sucheet Amin, inCase


Green Leader

Ashwin Kumaraswamy, Mercia Asset Management PLC

Amer Gaffar, Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre

Chris Bingham, Craggs Energy Group

Neil Court-Johnston, Zotefoams

Stephen O’Malley, Civic Engineers

William Beer, Tunley Engineering


Company Leader (up to 100 employees)

Andy Kerr, BOXT

Dawn Carney, Fresh Pastures & School Milk UK

Harry Bliss, Champion Health

Jamie Hinton, Razor

Paul Hallet, Vet AI


Company Leader (100+ employees)

Andrea Challis and Robert Kearsley, Partington’s Holiday Centres

David Bond, Sheffield Forgemasters

Gemma Smith, Strata

Joanna Swash, Moneypenny/span>

Oliver North, Venari


Top 50 City Region Leader: Greater Manchester

Jon Dutton, Rugby League World Cup 2021

Matthew Taylor, DA Languages

Shaun Hinds, Manchester Central


Top 50 City Region Leader: Leeds

Bobby Thandi, XR Games

Paul Teasdale, Premier Technical Services Group

Sophie Conboy, Connect Yorkshire


Top 50 City Region Leader: Liverpool

Dr Natalie Kenny, BioGrad

Ged MacDomhnall, The Climbing Hangar

Maggie O’Carroll, The Women’s Organisation

Sean Keyes, Sutcliffe


Top 50 City Region Leader: Sheffield

Alexis Krachai, Counter Context & Sheffield Chamber of Commerce

David Bond, Sheffield Forgemasters

Tom Elliot, Medilink North of England


Leader of the Year

Will be the outstanding individual chosen from the category winners.

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